Chinese Steamed Rice Cake Recipe

Emperor’s Chinese Steamed Rice Cake Recipe

Chinese steamed rice cake is an amazing treat that you can serve either as a snack or a dessert, with a light texture that won’t lay too heavily on your stomach. This should have a honeycomb-like texture in the center, making it very delicious and sweet for you and your friends and family.

The proof is literally in the pudding with this recipe, with proofing time in the summer taking around 2 hours, with slightly longer proofing time in the winter. You’ll need to make sure that the water is boiling hot before you pour it into the rice itself.

But what ingredients will you need to rustle yourself up some of this delicious rice-based snack? What are the instructions and how important are they to follow?

What flavors can you expect from this dish? What other foods can you serve with this steamed rice cake to leave your guests desperate for more?

Well, if you need the answers to these questions and more, then we would suggest that you read on. We have some easy-to-follow instructions that will leave you smacking your lips, giving you everything that you need for a light and healthy snack or a dessert.

How Do You Make This Recipe?

On the surface, this recipe might look very easy, but there will be a few things that you’ll want to look out for to avoid failure.

You should be certain that you don’t skip over a few crucial points, as you’ll want to make sure that you have a honeycomb center and a soft and delicate taste after cooling down.

  • Make sure that you allow it enough time to proof. If you have an oven that can ferment, then put it on this setting and have it cook at around 38 degrees celsius. If you do not have a fermenting oven, then place a cup of water in the oven with your rice to replicate the fermentation process.
  • You should make sure that the water that you pour on the rice is boiling. You’ll need the steam from the water to rise and create bubbles in your rice.
  • Make sure that you don’t use any flavored oils, as this might overwhelm the original taste of the rice cakes.

If you follow these basic tips, then you stand a better chance of your rice cakes having that traditional Chinese flavor and texture. This will make sure that you have everything that you need for a great dish.

The Ingredients

  • 250 grams of rice flour – this will roughly equate to around 2 cups and 2 tablespoons.
  • 500 ml water
  • 5 grams of yeast mixed with 20 ml warm water – make sure that the temperature of the water is under 40 degrees celsius.
  • 110-150 grams of sugar
  • A few drops of olive oil – make sure that this is no more or less than ⅛ of a teaspoon, a little goes a long way!

And that’s it! Pretty simple, huh? It might be small amounts, but as you can see, the details are very specific. Now that you’ve gathered them all together, all you have to do is follow the recipe!

The Recipe

  1. Take a large bowl for mixing. Mix your 150 ml of water with the rice flour. Keep mixing until the contents are light and fluffy.
  2. Take a small pot and melt whatever sugar is left with the water (350 ml). Then take this mixture and heat it up over the fire until it has attained boiling point.
  3. Take the sugar liquid and pour directly over the rice mixture. Once this has been mixed thoroughly, set it aside and let it cool down until it is 40 degrees celsius.
  4. Now combine your yeast with 20 ml of water and set it aside for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir the rice mixture in with the yeast and cover with a plastic wrapping for proofing.
  6. Take your drops of olive oil and put them in with your batter, stirring well all the while. Continue this proofing stage until you see small bubbles rising at the top.
  7. Take a steel plate and brush it with oil as preparation. Make sure that the plate itself is very thin and brush some oil on the surface.
  8. Take the water and bring it to a boil. Then take your rice mixture and distribute it evenly across the hot steel plate until it is around 80% capacity.
  9. Cover your lid, then steam the rice for around 15 minutes over a high flame. Wait for 10 minutes after you have taken it off the fire. Then remove the cake and let it cool for around 15 minutes before taking it off the plate. Wait for it to cool down completely.
  10. Cut your rice cake into large cake-like slices or small cubes, ready for serving.

There you have it! The perfect recipe for Chinese rice cakes. We would recommend serving these with piping hot tea or maybe even orange juice if you are eating them during the summer.

Anything Else You Need To Know?

These rice cakes contain a decent amount of protein, although being rice, you can be sure that you will have more than your fair share of carbs in this dish. If you are on a keto diet or are trying to lose belly fat, we would recommend that you don’t have these cakes.

Our Final Say

We hope that our simple recipe for steaming Chinese rice cakes has given you some great ideas for something to serve after a summer salad. These are light and won’t lie heavy on your stomach. This is also a great treat that you can have instead of carb-heavy chocolate.

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