Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kuih Kosui


Its our moment to our local sweet delicacies today foodies. Oh-yes, Malaysian kuih-muih (Kuih Kukus Sago, Malaysian Banana Pancake & Wajik/Glutinious Rice Cakes). Kuih Kosui. Kuih Kosui, I think there's no direct translation for it in English, maybe we can like call it steamed gula Melaka/palm sugar flour cakes (Pandan Milk Jelly, Pumpkin Sago Dessert & Cherry Rice Pudding). What say you? You are okay with it, or does it sound corny or creepy? I don't know. I think that's the best translation for kuih kosui which I grew up eating aplenty. Those days, grandmother and mothers are so hardworking. They will ensure that there's some bites or snacks for teatime? Think back if you are in your fifties like me (Mint/Pudina Chutney). I definitely must agree. In fact, kuih-muih is almost daily. Until believe me, I was akin rolly-polly Indian Thangachi. Well fed two plaited and oil dripping from hair healthy girl literally. After all, our Malaysian local delicacies didn't cost much to make and sincerely, are made, mainly from flour, gula Melaka/palm sugar, sugar, coconut and pandan/screwpine leaves? I reckon (Tam Tim Krob, Mango Sticky Rice, Coconut Jelly Mango & Sago Gula Melaka).

Moreover, those days, nobody like have heard of hotel high tea or maybe it didn't even exist or because families were rather big, we couldn't afford (Chocolate Lava Cake, Nescafe Ice Cream, Fried Pineapple Rolls, Pandan Milk Jelly & Coconut Bars).  Many members. Still, presumably, one dad and mum, maybe two mums, two sisters at one go being dad's love, and mothers were happily or sadly giving birth. Whichever according to what you witness and experience, mine was quite one hack, home tea time by by mum slogging in the kitchen was the lifestyle (Asian Egg Sandwich, Mee Siam, Curry Leaves Fried Mee Hoon & Cheesy Bread Rolls). 

I too, no,no, I didn't give birth to a dozen, I can't no more because my productivity eggs are gone and I am the only wife to my other half-half, I did help mum in making kuih-muih. Have to, remember I have already told you (Rava/Semolina Kheer/Payasam)? I did also pick up cooking skills from my compulsory home science subject. Taught by monstrously, forever angry and throwing pots and pans around MGS teachers (Prawn Mee Hoon Soup, Panini/Sandwich Malaysian Style & Fried Mee) . So, making this Kuih Kosui after so long did fall in place. Mind you, without alkaline water. God! Alkaline water? What is that? Sounds like evil water. Though, some of the supposedly top Malaysian bloggers I consulted insisted its a must. Rubbish. Utter rubbish. I still didn't. My version of sweet, soft and Kuih Kosui turned out really great.

Ingredients
1/2 cup gula Melaka/palm sugar
White sugar  - as needed (if you want to add. I didn't)
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
A few pandan leaves - knotted 
Fresh grated coconut mixed with a pinch of salt.
Method
Simmer gula Melaka with pandan leaves and water for a thick syrup.
Remove from heat and cool it down slightly. 
Sift all purpose flour and rice flour over the gula Melaka syrup. 
Whisk and stir so that there's no lumps of flour.
Pour on a steaming tray or individual moulds.
Steam to cook.

Thereafter cut and roll over grated coconut.
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28 comments:

  1. totally new to this dish ...looks yumm

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  2. Absolutely succulent, tempting and gorgeous pudding :)

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  3. Looks very tempting! Steamed cakes are delicious and a look at your ingredients and I know these I would happily gorge on!

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  4. Hrad to find the ingredients here, maybe... but the cake looks super awesome

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  5. Never tried these desserts..Interesting one nava

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  6. I've never actually used alkaline water in anything before haha.....what is it supposed to do? Your kuih look so good!! And love that the recipe looks pretty simple too!

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  7. I really wish to taste it. ...what is gula paneka? Is this the same palm jaggery available in india?

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  8. love your steam pot. and dish is too tempting.

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  9. Completely new dish to me and I am smitten by it :D

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  10. Looks like a lovely dessert, would love to try it!

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  11. Hi Nava, this is one of my favorite kuih. Your look so inviting.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a nice day, regards
    Amelia

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  12. I like to eat this but cant eat much. Normally i would buy instead but hard to find good ones

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  13. i have been eating this for breakfast for almost a week,the taste of gula melaka and grated coconut,3pcs for a ringgit.

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  14. wa effort, I love such dessert which incorporates coconut!

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  15. Gosh, I'm salivating now! I've seen this dessert many times but don't know the name. I love gula melaka, Nava! Gonna hunt for this in the stores :)

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  16. What a tasty dessert, thanks for sharing :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. This is just a new dish to me, but with the pics and ingredients - sure a great one...

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  18. Delicious dessert with natural aroma of palm & pandan leaves...Love to try it...

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  19. This is a desert i have never read abt.. It looks so yummy.. Thanks fr sharing
    the recipe

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  20. it is looking and yummy dessert.. so easy to make

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  21. such a yummu dessert full of flavours....I doubt if we get pandan leaves here ..I'd love to try this

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  22. I have never had kuih kosui before. It looks awesome, can't wait to try it :)

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  23. my fav kind of kuih! you sure are a great cook!

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  24. What a lovely dessert. Looks really yumm:-)

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