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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kuih Bangkit - Try my best !!

My kids love “Kuih Bangkit” - a melt in the mouth cookie made with tapioca flour and coconut milk. It is one of the must have cookies during Chinese New Year in Malaysia.
So this year, I give myself a challenge to this difficult to do Chinese New Year cookie.
I don’t have anyone to refer, even my Malay friend also don’t know how to do. No choice, I searched in Google and food magazines, found few recipes, at the end I picked the recipe from the food magazine which look workable.


Kneading process worked ok, but when comes to making shape, it was so difficult, especially to remove from the mould.
When the 1st batch done, my kids and hubby tried, they didn’t enjoy eating them as it is hard and have kind of raw flour smell.


Kuih Bangkit ingredients (1st trial):-

125g tapioca flour
4 pandan leaves (screwpine), cut small pieces
2 egg yolks
40g caster sugar
30g coconut milk
A pinch of salt

Thinking to drop the idea to making my own “Kuih Bangkit”, but after my conversation with the bakery ingredients shop worker this morning and saw this link sent by Bakeling, I changed my mind.
This was our conversation:-

Me : Do you know how to make Kuih Bangkit?
Shop worker : I don’t know, but I know what ingredients, my clients told me.
Me: I made yesterday, but my kuih bangkit got kind of raw flour smell and hard.
Shop worker : How long did you fry the tapioca flour?
Me: 20mins.
Shop worker: Adoi, only 20mins, Hahaha, you have to stir fry very long hour until the tapioca flour very very light and like it can “Fly”.That means your tapioca flour is not cooked enough, that’s why got kind of raw flour smell. And you have to store it for 2-3 days to let it cool completely .
Me: Ha !! need to fry so long!! and I use the flour immediately when it turn cooled. I know some (from internet) peoples use oven to bake it, this way can kah?
Shop worker: Not advisable to use oven, the flour will fly everywhere inside the oven, later your oven will be broken, follow traditional way, fry it with wok !!
Me: ok, ok, will try. I also heard some people add in margarine?
Shop worker: I don’t think so, but i heard from client they mix it with sago flour.
Me: Really, how much sago flour to add in?
Shop worker: I don’t’ know, maybe half or less.
Me: Ok, give me one packet of sago flour.

I give myself a 2nd trial , I will fry flour today, and cool flour for 2-3 days, let you know the result next week. If still failed, then I will just buy from outside, but I don't really want to do this!!

If you have a good, tried-and-tested recipe, appreciate if you could share it with me!


Happy Baking !!


Jane Chew said...

aiyo, my family's favourite. Will definitely have this for CNY.
Today i am 1st! haha...Got prize?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Ya huh, no prize, hehehe, you know how to make this?

Jane Chew said...

Sonia, the shop worker is right.
I add sago flour as well. And u have to fry the flour till really light. Put some pandan leaves in ur wok. As long as ur pandan leaves can crack easily that means the flour is ok liao.
Cool the flour completely is a must. You can fry it one week b4 u are doing it. Just store in plastic bag & air tight in container then put in fridge. That is my method. :)

tigerfish said...

CNY is drawing near when I see these cookies :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Jane, Thanks, could you send me the detail recipe via email.

ching said...

this is nephew favor,
but i never make it for them.

Tina said...

Its a new recipe to me...Looks so cute nd fabulous dear...

ann low said...

I prefer (lazy method) to bake the tapioca flour & sago flour with pandan leaves inside the oven.

kitchen queen said...

lovely new and a cute recipe worth a try.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I dare not even try to make this!!! LOL.

Kitchen Corner said...

Hey, I'm thinking to learn this kuih Bangkit but really have no guts to do it because it seems like quite difficult :( haih.. anyone can help me please? Waiting for your experiments ok, hopefully it works and please share the recipe with me ok. Thank you!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Tigerfish, ya, did you make some cookies too?

ching, if I success, you can make for him,ok.

Tina, Thanks.

Anncoo, after I success with hard way then I will try your lazy way, hehehe..

Kitchen queen, wait, dont try first, will share complete recipe when I sucess this!!

Ju,Hahaha, what to do, kids love this.

Kitchen corner, you are right, this is not an easy cookie, must have patient and passion. Sure, I'm more than happy to share if I success huh, hahaha..

月亮 said...


ICook4Fun said...

This is one cookies that I am scare to make. It fails me a couple of time so no heart to try again :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Moom, you got problem to link me? Let me know, so see what I can do. Thanks for stopping by.

Icook4fun, if I success this time, you must try it again ya!

月亮 said...


Bakeling said...

I will wait for your next trial of this kuih bangkit , hope you will make it and your liangzai can eat it during chinese new year !

Pei-Lin said...

Never mind, Sonia! Persistence!! Keep it up! Keep trying!!

You know what, I think kuih bangkit is on my to-do list now. Thanks!


petite nyonya said...

I too been wanting to try my hand at kuih bangkit. My late mom made the best ever kuih bangkit, light, fluffy and crunchy. She had secret tips but none of us (her daughters) managed to learn this from her. :(. Don't give up, keep improving and teach us :)

Colin Woon said...

I love Kuih Bangkit! We can't find any here and I doubt my wife will want to make that, or maybe she may...hmmm...

Sure seems like a lot of work though.

Namitha said...

They look cute :-) Never tried this cookie..Guess the hard work worth it.Great job Sonia..

Federica Simoni said...

che splendidi!! devono essere buonissimi!

苏联妈妈 said...

my sis inlaw her aunty ( teluk intan )is selling this cookies during CNY but too bad they couldn't share the recipe~~~Cari makan. sorry cant share it with u but i believe since the shop keeper share with u some tips I am sure u will successful on ur nx try. 加油!!

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I like this too, but lazy to make it... hehe...

Anonymous said...

Lovely! That reminds me I haven't made any CNY cookies this year!

猪猪一族 said...

My family like the Kuih Bangkit so much, so, last year i did it. We were very happy tt 1st trial result very successful. But later i did it all 4 times, all like yours very hard. Dissapointed lol.. so i give up, surrender... The recipe is from 藍賽珍老師 cookbook. I also don't know what's going wrong with the ingredient. Somemore the coconut milk i pra myself 1, also cannot.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Moon, alright, so long you visited my blog, I'm happy.

Bakeling, Thanks for your help too.

Pei Lin, hopefully mine will success

Petite, thought you can teach me, hahaha..

Colin, this kuih must have patient and passion, lack one also tak jadi!!

Gulmohar and Federica, Thanks.

Sulianmummy, too bad huh, look like not many peoples willing to share..Thanks anyway.

somewhere in SG, if too lazy, just buy.

Ellie, you celebrate CNY too?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

猪猪一族, Thanks for dropping by. If I failed the 2nd time, I think I will like you also give up this kuih, hahaha..

Big Boys Oven said...

wow! I really wantr to have my habds on those waesome looking cookies! heheheheh..........

苏联妈妈 said...


i found the above link dunno it helps or not.
>>tmn eng ann baker's mall taukeh soh


A. 木薯粉:500克(炒香)
B. 濃椰汁:200克(加少許香蘭汁)
C. 蛋:2粒(加入幼糖)

1. 用一個白鋼鍋把木薯粉用中火炒至輕飄飄(鏟下去時很輕,近乎感覺不到有重量),然後讓炒好的木薯粉放涼,再密封待放至少一個月以上。
2. 把(c)的材料攪至溶解,然後加入(a),再把椰汁一點點的加入,使整體材料變成松軟粉團。
3. 剩下的椰汁收入冰箱待用。
4. 把待放粉團壓入餅模內,再敲出。
5. 放入烘爐,使用160度高溫烘15至20分鐘即可。


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sulianmummy, Thank you so much. I realized that all recipes look almost the same. But this one, need to wait 1 month only can start to do, mati lo, how to wait so long.

tracieMoo said...

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Zurin said...

Im so gald I never tried to make this!!!! i wld have failed completely! fry for hours??? oh forget it...LOLOL

WendyinKK said...

I've heard is microwave the flour.. not bake in oven woh...

I've got an award for u at my blog, feel free to come and collect it.

Elin Chia said...

Sonia..that was a nice kuih bangkit. I also want to try making this for CNY but till date have not done anything yet LOL procrastinating again!

here is the link to a good one http://cheah2009.blogspot.com/2010/01/kuih-bangkit.html

Rachel Hei said...

Sonia, wish you get the right recipe.. because i love this kuih bangkit too.. try it once and turn out really hard.. then no mood to try again liao..

Little Corner of Mine said...

I have a kuih bangkit recipe at my blog and it has been trial and tested by a lot of people with success (can see the links linking my page). I have been using this recipe for years and just made it again last night. It's crunchy and melt in the mouth. I think you need to feel the dough with your hand, it can't be too dry or too wet. In these five years, I never make a hard KB before. Good Luck with your 2nd batch!

pigpigscorner said...

I love this stuff! Heard it's a pain to make and get the right texture. Good luck!

Blessed Homemaker said...

I tried a tested recipe (with good reviews) last year but mine didn't turn out well. Instead of pan frying the flour, I oven baked it. Till now, I still don't know what went wrong. Not going to make them this year, no guts :P

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

tracieMoo and Wendy, Thank you for the award.

zurin, hahaha, you are so cute!

Elin, Thank you very much of your info, i have checked her blog, her kuih bangkit is so beautiful, I might use her recipe.

Rachel, I hope when I success made this, you will have mood to do this again, hahaha..

LCOM, Thank you very much, I will check later,ya, I think the dough was too dry for the 1st time.

pigpigcorner, Thank you.

Blessed homemaker, I think we must use traditional way when making this kind of traditional kuih. Hope you will try again.

dailydelicious said...

I never see this cookie before, but I really want to try this.
Thank you for the recipe!

Kana said...

I LURVE kuih bangkit!!!!! My mom used to make it for Deepavali but she will not part with the recipe. I always buy a packet of these at Jln Mengkuang pasar malam!!!

Sokehah cheah said...

Hi Sonia
Finally located your blog from Elin's. I couldn't log into yours from your comment in my blog. Oh, you must fry the flour till it's light and can 'fly' like what the shopkeeper said. My benchmark is the pandan leaves, till they're crispy. If they're too brittle, they'll break up when you sieve them and then get mixed up with the flour.

Cheah said...

Hi Sonia
I just checked with my reply to your comment. So blur, I meant that I've never tried with margarine, not shortening. Shortening is a safer bet. Must excuse me for typing error.

Yummy Bakes said...

Sonia, well done keep it up. I tried this many years back with my sis-in-law. Should have asked her for receipe. unfortunately, that time dont have interest in baking at all ... wasted!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

dailydelicious, THanks for dropping by, check my latest workable recipe if you want to try this.

Maya, check out my lastest post for the good recipe, try it out yourself.

Cheah, Thank you very much of your detail explaination. The end, I did not add in shortening as I feel that the coconut milk itslef act like a shortening/margarine.

Yummykoh, check out my lastest workable recipe.

Simonne said...

I've tried two variation 1:1 tapiaco flour: sago flour and 100% sago flour. I prefer the latter , melt in ur mouth texture.

job said...


KL girl now in Ipoh said...

Aiyo, my first ever attempt for CNY 2012 was complete failure! KB cookies were rock hard, smelled nice though and had the santan-taste. Boo hoo!

So been reading and will try again this year. Must fry longer. I am surprised some blogs say to just microwave the flour. Can meh??

Unknown said...

Sonia.ny first trial on this kueh also failed like yours ... Got raw flour smell.. I was looking melt on mouth one .i will follow ur second recipe of this kueh! Wish me luck ! >.~

Katie Foong said...
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Katie Foong said...

Do try my recipe:

Zalikha Mohd Noor said...

Hi Kuih Bangkit Lovers and Owner of this blog,
Please give permission.
I'm now selling Kuih Bangkit which for me the taste is wonderful. This is actually not made by me. I've tested my grandma's Kuih Bangkit and I volunteer to try sell it here in Ipoh. You can what apps me for further detail.013-9409302. Ika.tq for reading:)

Unknown said...

Hi I want to print out your recipes but can't print thks

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