Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh Ku Kuih ( Ramie leaf glutinous rice steamed cake with savory filling)

Oh Ku Kuih

I would like to dedicate this post to a reader name Joanne who sent me the “Ang Ku Kuih" mould with 福 (happiness, good fortune, blessing )printing. Joanne was requested me to send her some Ramie stem as she wanted to plant it. Chinese peoples especially Hakka family using Ramie leaf (厝叶)to make kuih (steam cake). According to Joanne, Malaysia Hakka family called this kuih as " choo yap ban~ 粗叶茶果/粗叶板" or also called it "woo char guo". As for Hokkien family, we called this kuih as "Oh Ku Kuih" as this kuih look black, " Oh" means black in Hokkien...





Oh Ku Kuih


It look not that black actually, just very dark green..and you would not taste the greenish leaf taste and smell ..

Oh Ku Kuih


This is the Ramie plant in my house's backyard

Oh Ku Kuih


Oh Ku Kuih



This is the mould that Joanne gave me..

Oh Ku Kuih


Boil the Ramie leaves in hot water till soft, chop finely till a paste..

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Moulding "Oh Ku" kuih

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Mung beans after soaked and after cooked..

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before steam..

Oh Ku Kuih


Oh Ku Kuih



Oh Ku Kuih
(recipe source: adapted from Jane’s corner with minor changes)
*makes 18pcs
Oh Ku Kuih
Rice flour dough

30g rice flour
60ml hot boil water

Glutinous rice flour dough

150g glutinous rice flour
40g Ramie leaves paste
40g sugar
100ml water
2tbsp corn oil

Filling ingredients

200g mung beans
1tbsp sugar
1tsp salt
1tsp pepper
2tbsp cooking oil
5 shallots, sliced

Method

1. Soak mung beans for 2hrs, wash until water run clear, steam the beans till soft. Mash the beans (either with fork or use rolling pin)
2. Saute shallots with oil in a wok till aroma, add in mashed bean and stir fry till dry.
3. Season with salt and sugar and continue frying for 5 minutes with low fire. Add in pepper and combine well.
4. Cook rice flour with hot boiled water till thick.
5. Mix glutinous rice flour with the rest of ingredients. Add in rice flour mixture, and mix till form a soft dough.
6. Divide dough into small portions, wrap in fillings and mould it out.
7. Place the "Oh Ku" on lightly greased banana leaves steam for 8 minutes over medium heat. Greased some oil on the surface and serve.


Oh Ku Kuih


Thank you very much to Joanne for given me this special and lovely wooden mould..

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #12: Traditional Kueh (October 2011) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker.

56 comments:

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

这个颜色我太喜欢了!!!!!!!!!!
我有要找这个叶子
看来要回家婆家一趟了
她家才有:P

shaz@feedingmykidsbetter said...

What an interesting variation to the typical Ang ku kueh. Thanks for sharing Sonia ��

Happy Flour said...

This look great! Just curious, does the skin have a kind of greenish leaf taste and smell?

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Happy Flour, no, you will not taste the greenish leaf taste. In fact, what i tasted was the banana leaf fragrant only..

Angel @ Cook.Bake.Love said...

I like this traditional kuih but it's very hard to find nowsaday .

yummylittlecooks said...

Very long time didn't eat this type of oh ku.It has a very fragrant nice aroma.Yours look so pretty in color.

reanaclaire said...

wow..if only i can buy these outside! yummy!

Pete said...

he he he, funny name Oh Ku....lol

Janine said...

my mom's hakka and we call it the same thing too :D I love it with sweet filling though. Yours look amazing! Each and every one looks so perfect!

My Little Space said...

I've heard of this leaf before but when I asked around which is the proper leaves...NO One can tell! haha... Actually, I have one big bunch of trees behind my house. The leaves look darker but exactly the same shape & same tree. Hopefully, it's not poisonous. hahaha.... Thanks for sharing it, Sonia.
Kristy

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

My mom loves kuih with rami leaves, so does my MIL.
I'm still not there yet, still learning to appreciate the taste.

Tina said...

Lovely colour and rice cake..

Mel said...

The kuih is so beautifully done. IT must be very yummy. This plant is something new to me. Do you think we can get this leaf easily in supermarket or in wet market?

Jobless Girl said...

Nice one.

Jane Chew said...

I love oku. My grandma is very god in this. Your ku looks fantastic especially the color.

Li Shuan said...

Sonia, you are very rajin ...new productions from your kitchen almost everyday. This dough is very special and the colour looks good. I like this!

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Sonia, so this is called Ramie leaf. I have this growing in my backyard that my Peranakan friend gave it to me long time ago. She cooked this with rice. Next time I'll try this with your Oh Ku Kuih, looks so pretty and I also love Oh Ku very much.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I no fate with plant, whenever plant it, all dies out... :(

ping said...

What a coincidence! A friend was telling me about this type of ang ku just this afternoon and for the life of me, I couldn't visualize it since I've never seen or heard of it before. She mentioned it was some kind of leaf etc and here it is! Now I can sleep tonight :D Love the speckles!

Lady G said...

Wow, yours is such a lovely green color. Unlike those artificial colors used in most kuehs.

julie said...

Looks real cute turtle shaped and very lovely filling..Good effort and looks delicious!!

Amy, Desirable Recipes said...

Even though I am not Hakka but this kuih is my favourite. I always bought from this old lady selling at our market but has stop selling due to old age.

ICook4Fun said...

I actually like this dark green color. My friend gave me some dried ramie and they were black in color but I have yet to do this kuih yet. I like the idea of sweet savory mung bean filling just like the 'Eng Choon' kuih.

Bakeling said...

As green as a piece of jade !

kitchen flavours said...

Looks delicious! I have eaten Kueh-koo that is black in colour from the leaves, but have not tried this green one before! Your kueh-koo looks perfect!

ChrisAu said...

You are such a good and talented cook!

cookingvarieties said...

hi sonia, surprisingly i have not seen this kueh before. must be very interesting - also the (ramie)leaf, which i have also never seen before.
sounds yummy and flavorful with the mung beans filling

lena said...

sounds like ang koo kuih! the plant look so common that i might have seen it but didnt know they are the rami plant!

Belly Good Cooking said...

Tasted the rami leaves kuih made by my MIL before. Like the fragrant smell of it and I bet yr ang ku kuih tastes very good. :)

Jeannie said...

I am curious about this rami leaves...looks delicious but scared of the greenish smell.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Oh wow! I've not eaten ramie leaves before and first time seeing it used in Ang gu kueh! Very unique and interesting! Thanks for sharing this Sonia!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, really looks like little turtle, so pretty! I wish to eat it!

Nadji said...

Je n'ai ni les feuilles de rami, ni le moule de tortue.
Je peux donc juste admirer.
A très bientôt

Three-Cookies said...

I have a mould just like that:)

Uma said...

This is really marvelous!!! Though it is new to me, I can see the efforts taken behind. I just want to know how they taste.

Cheers,
Uma
My Kitchen Experiments

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edith said...

I was looking for this plant since early few mths ago with no luck!!!

I love the hue.

daphne said...

Sonia, did i ever tell you how amazed i am of your creations? I have not seen the leaf in real life before so that photo is as good as that. what a different kind of kuih!!! Sounds like you are having heaps of fun creating.

anne said...

That looks awesome ! I love the savoury filling :)

Swee San @ The Sweet Spot said...

have not eaten this before ... mmm.. is this leaf the same as the leaf use to make Mieng Kam (Thai appetizer) ?

My Asian Kitchen said...

oh!! I didn't know the right name is called Ramie..My mom gave me some from her garden to bring back wt me..oh!! you didn't cook the leave first,no wonder it's look different...honestly I like this fresh green color o-ku then the regular O-ku color!your skill making kuih is really good!!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Swee San, no, this is difference, Mieng Kam use daun Kadok, neh that one Veron use to prepare salmon otak-otak for us..

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

I just fell in love with color my dear looks good

sean said...

我是福建人。
所以都叫Oh Ku Kuih。

皮的颜色很翠绿,
看了真舒服。

noobcook said...

the kueh looks so cute, reminds me of jade turtle shells :)

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

You are a great cook, that's why your blog friends keep sending you the gifts,hehehe.

This kuih looks very special.My mum is a Hakka but never heard her mention to me b4. Want to try one day if I can find them in Taiping, Perak(coz my mum lives in Taiping now).

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Interesting! I realized (already for a long time) that we don't know much about Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine in the US. After I started to follow you, it's a lifetime lesson for me. Now I wish to visit there more than going home. I'm serious!

MnYfoodtalk said...

Your kuih look delicious. But dunno where can I get the leaf.

neyeeloh said...

Saw from one tv program, korean also like to use this leaf to make kuih, wondering how's the taste like

Elsie T said...

they really looked like little tortoise!! =) love them and this recipe! thank u so much.

Vivian Pang said...

I'm Hakka but haven't cook anything with this leave. Will try out some day. Very helpful photos. Thanks!

kimberlycun said...

beautiful! look like jade :)u got me craving for angku kuehs now!

Colin Woon said...

I bet this is super delicious! Looks so appertizing!

Love the 2nd photo, great lighting!

Ah Tze said...

this is such a lovely creation using ramie plant! I love the dark green of these oh ku kuih.

Anonymous said...

Lovely kuih and nice. But not sure what type of leave excatly it is. I was told is mullbery leaves (桑葉) that used for the kuih. Not sure if yours is the same kind?

Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Annie. I wanted to make this Ramie Leaf kueh too. This is one of the most traditional Hakka kueh. And my mother will goes gaga over it. I wanted to make some to make my mom happy. I had been searching this leaf thru the whole Singapore high & low. But no luck. Are u living in Malaysia? I really dont know where else I can get Ramie leaf. I would be grateful if you could help.

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