Friday, September 4, 2009

Ang Ku Kueh 紅龜粿

Ang Ku Kueh is a small red round oval shaped Chinese cake with soft sticky skin wrapped with sweet filling in the center.The oval shaped of the cake is designed to resemble tortoise or turtle.It's literally translate to Hokkien as Red Tortoise or Turtle Cake. It's creates a high symbolic and ritual value. Usually Chinese used Ang Ku Kueh for ritual offering during religious event,child birth and birthday. Well,to be more specific Ang Ku Kueh is a steamed glutinous rice flour cake mix with mashed sweet potato and fill with mung bean paste filling,red bean paste or crushed roasted peanut filling which original from Malaysia by Chinese and Nyonya.This is my first time making ang ku kueh with the special mould which I brought back from Malaysia 2 years ago.I used purple sweet potato to create the purple color of this cake not from food coloring at all.Although the shape of my first experiment is not really up to the expectation but the texture of the skin is soft and chewy beyond my expectation!! I used red bean paste for the filling coz I'm lazy to make the mung bean or green bean paste from scratch,plus red bean paste is my favourite!! It's really taste awesome!!!

150 gm cooked purple sweet potato,peeled and mashed
375 gm glutinous rice flour(sifted)
220 ml water
50 gm sugar
3 tbsp oil
1 can red bean paste,400 ml (prefer an-pan made in Japan)
15 x banana leave (8x8 cm)

1:Steam sweet potato till cooked.Mash well while it's still hot,set aside in a large bowl.
2:Combine 40 gm of glutinous rice flour with 30 ml of water ,knead into dough.Add the dough into rolling boil water and cook until it's floats,dish out and set aside. (I skipped this step and mix all the dough and sweet potato together but now regrets so much!! )
3:Mix the remaining portion of flour with sugar and water,mashed sweet potato,oil and the cooked dough.Knead all ingredients well till all smooth and combine.Divided the dough into 15 equal portion into ball shape.
4:Flat each ball shape dough in round shape on your palm,scoop 1 tsp red bean paste on the center of the dough.Wrap the filling and roll into a ball.
5:Dust the mould with some glutinous rice flour(I used oil),press the filling ball of kueh into the mould,then knock it out.(Do not press too hard,if not the filling will burst out)
6:Place the ang ku kueh on a pieces of cut banana leaf and brushed with oil.(I omit this step since I brush mould with oil).Repeat all the same step till the dough finish.
7:Prepared water in steamer at high heat and bring it to boil.Placed ang ku kueh in the steamer rack about 2 inch each apart.(if not it will stick together when it bloom when steaming)Steam over medium heat for 10 minutes.
8:Remove and brush with some oil.(I didn't brush with oil again).Serve cold or warm as snack with tea.
I over steamed the ang ku by 5 minutes and the design of the mould on the kueh disappeared:(
don't you said the purple of this ang ku from sweet potato look awesome?
mix dough with mashed purple sweet potato

prepared ang ku kueh to steam
Scalding a small portion of the flour mixture before kneading with the rest of the mixture will make dough stickier and less likely to break apart.Moulding will be lot easier too.Also adjust the amount of the dough and filling for each ang ku to the size of the mould you used.


Angie's Recipes said...

Amazing! You even made those!

Charmaine said...

Love the colour. Must ask my Mom to try with purple sweet potato. I love ang koo.

Sunshine said...

My last conversation with my mom she just asked me if I wanted the mould then must ask my aunt to buy from Penang for me. I asked her to look for Kuih kapit mould too don't know whether can find or not.

You Ang Koo looks great but then I think even if I have the mould I takut to make it if no one come visit me coz I'll end up eating ALL myself I think.

Does Mishu and Elliot makan this?

high over happy said...

That's so cool! My favorite ang kueh is the one with crushed peanut fillings.

Unknown said...

Hi Les...this is my favorite angku kuih and method is so dif than other ppl. I had try so many recipe but the kuih does not stayed soft the next day. Do yours stayed soft after the next day?? Thanks for sharing and will make it one day!!!

Cindy Khor said...

i miss eating ang ku kueh, can't find them here in the uk...

My Asian Kitchen said...

Thanks for your kind words:)

thanks! wow!! you lucky gal!!

Thank you:) My mould was given by my aunt who live in Kedah near Thailand boarder.I think she bought her from thailand..I also wanna to get kueh kapit mould but my aunty said "siau eh" how to make kuih kapit with 2 mould? You know what you can make the dough first ,wrap up in saran film but don't have to steam them all in one time.Each time I only steam 4-5 pieces,enough for me to eat for 2 days,then steam again if I want to eat.No both Mishu and Eliot are not interested but it's Ok since I love this ang ku..

high over happy:
Thanks! I like peanut filling wt "O ku" but too bad I don't have the tea leave for O Ku:(

yes the ang ku skin still stay soft the next day..I think it's becoz I used mashed sweet potato mixture..I know some recipe out there don't mix wt mashed sweet potato..well this is my first time making ang ku,maybe I should learn other method and see how it's goes..

don't chinatown in london have malaysia restaurant? Here few Malaysia in NYC do sell angku but must go early b4 12 pm if not sold off!

petite nyonya said...

The color of the purple keledek came out really nice!

Dawn said...

Wah lau eh, the ang koo look like store bought. Ok, now I know if I don't want to make so many, I can store them in the fridge till I want to eat again. I might have to try this without the mould!

My Asian Kitchen said...

petite nyonya:
Thank you:)

yes you can make without the mould,same jugak! maybe you can 1/2 of this recipe..if you can't finish to eat all ..good luck!

Anonymous said...

It is really new to me that your version is so different from the tradition whereby we don't use sweet potato to form the skin base. We only use glutinuous rice for the skin and filled it with either green bean paste or peanuts.

Will try yr recipe one day.

Anonymous said...

wOW, DELICIOUS! Can I ask u a question? Is it true that u only use 3 tbsp of oil. I attended a class on ang ku kueh making class, the recipe stated 80g of oil?

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917atyahoodotcom. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.