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Chinese Sweet Rice Cake

pan fried sweet rice cake
Chinese Sweet Rice Cake
pan fried sweet rice cake
Chinese Sweet Rice Cake

If you love Asian desserts and sweet things, you must try this Chinese sweet rice cake! It is a traditional Chinese food that is usually eaten as a treat during the Chinese New Year.

The unique mixture of rice flour and brown sugar produces tremendous flavor. The chewy texture and sweetness make it great for breakfast or snacks for afternoon tea. And it is gluten-free too!

How do you make Chinese sweet rice cake?

  1. Mixing the ingredients: You first need to mix all the ingredients together, add them to a bowl and mix to a smooth batter.
  2. Steaming: While a staple of western kitchens, ovens are uncommon in Asian home kitchens. Steaming is used to cook food using wet heat to retain flavor and moisture. The rice cake mixture is steamed to a soft and sticky texture.
  3. Cooling: The rice cake then is cooled off in the fridge to form the shape so can be easily cut into slices.
  4. Pan frying: Dip the rice cake slices in the egg batter and pan fry both sides for a couple of minutes.

sweet rice cake ingredients

    sweet rice cake ingredients

Ingredients for Chinese sweet rice cake:

  • Glutinous Rice flour: Glutinous rice flour is made from sticky rice. It has a chewy texture that works best in desserts. Despite the name, it is gluten-free.
  • Rice flour: It is made from long-grain rice. It helps to firm up the cake, so add more or less to your liking.  Start with a 3:1 ratio of glutinous rice flour to rice flour.
  • Brown Sugar: Asian brown sugar is much darker than the usual brown sugar. It is very similar to molasses. You can substitute it with molasses and it will work just fine.
  • Oil:  To make the cake extra moist, a few drops of oil will do the trick.

Recipe notes:

sweet rice cake
sweet rice cake batter
  • Removing air bubbles: A quick and easy way to remove air bubbles from the batter before steaming is by dropping it lightly on a hard surface.
  • Storage: The cake slices can last a week or two in the fridge or can be frozen in portions.
  • Adding more flavors: This cake mixture is a very basic version, you can add dates, Goji berries, coconut, ginger, or nuts.
sweet rice cake
Chinese Sweet Rice Cake

FAQ:

Is Chinese sweet rice cake healthy?

This sweet rice cake is a nutritious snack with no refined sugars, preservatives, or added salt. It’s a healthy treat for everyone with no gluten or animal products like eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and milk. it is also vegan-friendly.

How do you serve this brown sugar rice cake?

The sweet flavor of this rice cake pairs well with a cup of tea or soy milk.

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Enjoy this delicious Chinese sweet rice cake!
Chinese Sweet Rice Cake

Pan Fried Sweet Rice Cake

A unique Asian sweet rice cake. Tasty and easy to make at home.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Lei
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 150 g glutinous rice flour
  • 50 g rice flour
  • 60 g brown sugar (or adjust to your liking)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Making the cake batter: dissolve the brown sugar in one cup of warm water in the mixing bowl. Sift in the glutinous rice flour and rice flour, then add 1 tablespoon of oil. Mix well with the handheld mixer.
  • Steaming the cake: Grease the cake container with a little oil and pour in the cake batter. Cover the container and steam for 45 minutes to one hour.
  • Cooling off the cake: Cool off the cake in the fridge overnight then cut it into 1cm thick slices.
  • Pan-frying the cake slices: Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a non-stick pan. Heat it over medium heat. Dip the cake slice into the egg batter and then fry till soft.

Recipe Notes:

    • Glutinous Rice flour: Glutinous rice flour is made from sticky rice. It has a chewy texture that works best in desserts. Despite the name, it is gluten-free.
    • Rice flour: It is made from long-grain rice. It helps to firm up the cake, so add more or less to your liking.  Start with a 3:1 ratio of glutinous rice flour to rice flour.
    • Brown Sugar: Asian brown sugar is much darker than the usual brown sugar. It is very similar to molasses. You can substitute it with molasses and it will work just fine.
    • Oil:  To make the cake extra moist, a few drops of oil will do the trick.
    • Removing air bubbles: A quick and easy way to remove air bubbles from the batter before steaming is by dropping it lightly on a hard surface.
    • Storage: The cake slices can last a week or two in the fridge or can be frozen in portions.
    • Adding more flavors: This cake mixture is a very basic version, you can add dates, Goji berries, coconut, ginger, or nuts.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 110gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 46mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 119IUCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow looks delicious

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