Kuih Kosui

    4 hours 40 mins

    Dark palm sugar gives the colour and flavour to this classic Malay steamed dessert. It's sweet, soft and chewy topped with lightly salted fresh grated coconut. I use egg cups as molds for this dessert.


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Serves: 8 

    • 100 g dark palm sugar, chopped
    • 100 ml water
    • 50 g sugar
    • 1 pandan leaf, knotted
    • 60 g rice flour
    • 20 g tapioca flour
    • ½ teaspoon alkaline water
    • Topping
    • 60 g freshly grated coconut
    • pinch of salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:4hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr40min 

    1. First make the syrup: put the dark palm sugar , knotted pandan leaf and water into a pot and cook until it becomes a syrup. Then add regular sugar and stir until they've all dissolved. Remove the pandan leaf and let cool.
    2. Prepare egg cups or mold in a steamer and lightly steam. Mix the rice flour and tapioca flour together and then add the alkaline water. Pour in the cooled syrup and stir to create a smooth batter.
    3. Cook the batter in a pan over very low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens slightly and immediately remove from heat.
    4. Pour the batter into the egg cups about ¾ full. Steam for about 15 minutes or until it's cooked and set. Remove from heat and let cool completely before unmolding.
    5. Mix the grated coconut with a little salt. Unmold the little cakes and top with coconut.

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