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Friday, 7 February 2014

How to Make Steamed Rice Cake 白糖糕 Bak Tong Gou - Josephine's Recipes 76

For me, One of popular desserts eaten during this festive season is 白糖糕 Bak Tong Gou (Cantonese); Bai Tang Gao (Mandarin); White Honeycomb cake (Malay) Steamed Rice Cake 松糕 Also called White sugar sponge cake.

Just follow this step-by-step recipe video, It is made from rice flour, white sugar, water, coconut milkand yeast for a few hours fermentation and steaming.

It had a coconut flavor and sweet taste.It should be spongy, soft, chewy and uniquethe texture is lovely and highly reminiscent.

Although the original Chinese version is contain to water and pandan leaves, but I used coconut milk instead to make this cake taste more fragrant and look more bright and white in colour.

1 teaspoon dried yeast
2 tablespoons warm coconut milk, sweetened 

300ml water 
300g rice flour 

200ml water
100ml coconut milk or just water instead
200g-250g sugar, optional

some vegetable oil (lightly greased & sweep a round glass casserole)

1) Combine warm coconut milk, and stir with dried yeast, mix well. cover with a lid and rise in just 20 minutes until bubbles arise. 

2) In a large bowl, Add (B) water to the rice flour, combine well.

3) In another saucepan, heat over medium high heat, add water, coconut milk and sugar. once boiling, pour hot syrup water into (2) rice flour mixture. stir well and set aside to cool.

4) Add the (1) yeast mixture to the (3) stir until well combined.

5) Let ferment 38°C- 40°C  for 1 hour in the warm oven, or room temperature for at least 2 hours. (longer if room is cooler, shorter if room is warm). 

6) Steam over medium-high heat for 25-30 minutes. remove from the steamer and allow to cool. cut into any shape, if desire. 

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                            Important Notes                  

1) Fermentation-temperature control is one of the most important steps to making the best steamed rice cake. also when you steam the cake with pouring hot water and no-preheated steamer, no plate on top, steam for 25 minutes. 

2) The key to this recipe is PATIENCE!

A Vietnamese version of the cake, called Bánh bò,Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cake, Cow cake are generally eaten as a dessert, although they may also be consumed as an accompaniment to a meal. 

Good Luck! You'll be amazed by the taste.

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