....... Divertimento: Coconut pudding 年年有馀

Friday, 6 January 2012

Coconut pudding 年年有馀

Wow! Chinese New Year is only 15 days away. I realised this morning that I have a mountain of things to organise such as the food gifts to senior relatives and the "return gifts" for the younger relatives and then the presents to the little ones. In addition, I need to stock up my pantry with the appropriate ingredients such as dried scallops, mushrooms, dried mussels, abalone, sea cucumber etc. I'll also need to organise the red packets which means a trip to the bank.

Here is a recipe to kick start the preparations. I'll be making these for my close relatives. It is a pudding made from coconut milk and glutinous rice flour called 椰汁糕 in Cantonese. It can be sliced and eaten whilst warm or kept in the refrigerator until needed. If eaten later, you will need to cut the pudding in slices and pan fry till warmed through. For the Chinese New Year, I make mine in the shape of goldfish to symbolise 年年有余. The recipe below is for the goldfish version. You could steam the mixture in a regular shaped pan. Omit colouring in this case.

Ingredients300 gm glutinous rice flour
2 Tbsp Tang flour
1 ¼ cup coconut milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp condensed milk
210 gm sugar
100 ml water
Orange food colour (approx. 1 drop of red to 3 drops of yellow colour)


  1. Boil sugar with water until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.

  2. Sift flour into a mixing bowl.

  3. Mix coconut milk, oil and condensed milk with the sugar syrup.
  4. Pour mixture into the mixing bowl and stir to mix with the sifted flour. Stir until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  5. Spoon 3 tablespoonsful of this mixture into a separate bowl and color this portion orange. Make sure that this color is quite vibrant.
  6. Lightly oil the goldfish steaming mould.
  7. Carefully spoon the orange mixture in small areas around the mould. Then carefully fill with the white mixture.
  8. Steam for 30 minutes.

Notes: the goldfish mould is plastic and is available from specialty cookery shops (eg DIY in Wanchai) and occasionally from household goods shops such as Jusco $10 or Japan Home. It is also available from a kitchenware shop in Sheung Wan (see post 20 July 2010).

This recipe makes 1 large, 2 medium or 6 small goldfish.

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