Have you ever heard about Muah Chee?
When I was thirteen, I was obsessed. I would eat two packets for recess and maybe even bring home a third. It was glutinous rice pieces in a peanut and sugar powder. Honestly, who wouldn't love it?
Just look at it, ooey-gooey chewy rice-flour pieces oozing chunky peanut bits with sugar crystals.
There is a cheat way to make it, and the traditional. I would like to say I did it the traditional way because I don't believe in new-age rubbish (if you consider nuking it in the microwave 'new-age'), but frankly, I steamed it because I don't have a microwave.
Radiation waves, all that. Yada Yada. But the wait was well worth it, I'll prove it to you. Try some.
Traditional Steamed Muah Chee
Serves: 8 portions (Muah Chee can get overwhelming all at once, eight is a good size, trust me.)
Source: Small Small Baker
200g glutinous rice flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shallot oil
75g roasted peanuts, processed into a powder
75g granulated sugar
To make shallot oil, thinly slice 1 small shallot, fry with 1 tablespoons oil till golden brown. Leave to cool.
Mix glutinous rice flour, sugar, salt, shallot oil and water in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, make sure flour mixture is completed dissolved. Pour the mixture into a deep dish (about 8" in diameter). Steam over medium heat for about 25mins. Test the centre with a toothpick to ensure it is cooked through. Leave to cool.
Mix peanut powder and granulated sugar in a plate. When ready to serve, scoop small pieces of muah chee with a spoon and toss them in the peanut powder mixture cut with a pair of scissors with a lightly greased blade. Serve immediately.
Perfection. Chewy, Nutty, Sugary perfection.