Friday, June 11, 2010
There are some dishes I make just for the heck of it, and Muah Chee certainly falls into this category.
This was my all-time, number one, favourite childhood dessert ... and I am happy to note that my daughter has inherited the same love for this sweet snack.
I would never have thought of making my own Muah Chee because it is streetfood that is cheap and quite easily available. But when I chanced upon this packet of peanut powder at the supermarket, I started wondering if I could make my own, since it involves nothing more than cooking glutinous rice flour with water and oil.
I was in luck because when I googled for an easy Muah Chee recipe, I found this microwaved version at the wonderful Little Corner of Mine. It originally came from Gina of Kitchen Capers, and it goes like this:
- 250g glutinous rice flour
- 375ml water
- 2 tbsp shallot oil
Mix (A) in a covered Pyrex bowl and microwave on high for 7 mins. Cut into tiny pieces using a kitchen scissor and drop it into the peanuts and sugar mixture. Coat well and serve immediately.
* Note from The Little Teochew: Don't do that. It's going to be sticky and messy if you try and cut small pieces directly from the bowl. Instead, do it like the Muah Chee hawkers. They always cut a big piece out and plonk it into the peanut/sugar mixture, and then start cutting into small pieces. This way, as you cut and roll the little pieces around in the peanut mix, they don't stick to one another, or your scissors, anymore.
- 250g peanuts, toasted and ground finely
- 50g sugar
* Or use ready peanut mix like me (which you should test taste first ... I added more sugar as it wasn't sweet enough for my sweet tooth).
Mix (B) together to create peanuts and sugar mixture.
This is what you get after 7 mins - a soft, sticky and gooey texture.
Serve them in individual portions, with toothpicks!
I am going to make this again tonight (among other yummy snacks), to eat while I watch the opening match between South Africa and Mexico! I can't believe World Cup is here again. Time really flies ... four years have passed???
Good luck to all the teams!
Who is/are your favourite(s)?