wa ko kueh

wa ko kueh

A childhood favourite of mine…

In fact, many friends of my generation would remember this lovely cake. It is steamed rice cake, made from fermented rice and rice flour.

As a child, my sister and myself used to go to my maternal younger aunt’s home to stay overnight. It was one of the greatest highlights in my childhood, being able to stay overnight. I remember playing till later than usual, squeezing in with my cousins in their bed and “fighting” for the best pillow and bolster. I won, of course. I was the youngest of the lot, after all. Ha! The good part about being young is you win by default, especially if an adult is watching.

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My absolute favourite part of staying over is, of course, the supper. After playing till we were all tired out, having a bath and resting, around 10pm, an uncle on a bicycle would come by the neighbourhood, hawking the most delicious steamed rice cakes. They would be piping hot and fragrant. My favourite, of course, were the pink coloured ones. 🙂 These beautiful soft steamed cakes are eaten with shredded coconut and orange sugar. I think they were selling at S$1 for 5. Those were the good old days when things were good and cheap.

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Now, these cakes are not as easily found. One can still find some selling at bakeries or night markets, though I do not think they use the fermented rice method. Baking powder is used solely instead to keep costs low.

star design - got this while playing with small bits of leftover batter
star design – got this while playing with small bits of leftover batter

This recipe is passed to me by my good friend R’s mum. R has told me not to let anyone else know, so I will not publish the recipe here. Instead, hop over to Y3K for a somewhat similar recipe. Don’t be daunted by the long waiting process. The end result of a soft fluffy fragrant cake is worth all the wait.


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