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Muar Chee Recipe

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I am very fond of Muar Chee, or Malaysian sticky rice balls coated with sugar, ground roasted peanuts, and sesame seeds.

One of the popular sweet snacks found in Penang and other places in Malaysia, muar chee are often sold by roadside stalls or mobile hawkers. The set up is pretty simple: steamed glutinous rice paste and ground peanut mixture in a container. When you order it, the vendor would cut a small piece of glutinous rice paste using a special Muar Chee cutting knife, transfer it into the ground peanut mixture, dice the muar chee paste into small cubes and then coat them with the peanut and sugar. You can top Muar Chee with some fried shallots, but it’s optional. A small pack of Muar Chee costs only RM1 but it’s so tasty and satisfying that I could have them every day as a dessert…

Last weekend, I got myself a pack of glutinous rice and made Muar Chee at home. Surprisingly, it was quite easy to make. As I don’t have a Muar Chee recipe, I had to guess and figure out the basic steps. The Muar Chee turned out very well and looked and tasted almost the same compared to the real ones. The only thing missing was pork lard, I think.

Here is my Muar Chee recipe. Try making it at home, it’s really a wonderful treat. If you wish to try other Malaysian recipes, please check out my huge collection of Malaysian recipes.

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  1. Christine Toh

    Hi Rasa Malaysia,

    Your food blog is really fantastic. The muar chee looks so good, so nostalgic indeed.

  2. Dainty and cute…soft to eat. They say Muah Chee is “old-age friendly”…provided it don’t stick to the teeth. Woops!

    You changed to WordPress? Why?

  3. This is by far my favourite dish when I visit Penang. I usually get it from Gurney Drive. Thanks for the recipe. I’m a Malaysian in London and this is probably one of those food you can’t get it here. Will attempt to make it this weekend. Thanks again for the recipe.

    • The recipe

      Same! We go on holidays to Malaysia to visit my relatives, but we also drive to Penang. We went a week ago and bought Maur Chee from the woman in Gurney drive but only went twice as if you have gone recently Penang has fot really crowded and traffic is everywhere. Anyway, good recipe, can’t wait to try and re-make it!

  4. MT

    thanks for this recipe, RM. i’m filipino and it’s very similar to a popular filipino dessert that we call “palitaw” (, except we use grated coconut instead of peanuts. anyway, i’ve never had muar chee but i made it yesterday after reading your blog and i loved it! my husband couldn’t stop eating it. THANKS AGAIN!

  5. Chris

    Have a look at
    She has a recipe that uses the microwave….also very yummy. I think another nice touch is the shallot oil. Now all this talk is making me peckish!

  6. Ame

    Hey Rasa Malaysia,

    I’ve been looking for “Char Kuew Teow Kerang” picture and recipe. I’m a pregnant lady who’s craving for this and sadly, there’s no closer Malaysian restaurant in Southern Tier NY, and Penang & Nyonya Restaurants in NYC are like 4 hrs drive away!!

    I’m hoping you’ll have some time to cook this and show us its picture. I’m literally drooling over the foods that I’m seeing on this site. So kejam ahh! :-)

    And I’d like to request your permission to save some pics of dishes, this way if I ever try to attempt to cook them myself, I know what it should look like. I won’t be re-publishing the pics.

    Ohhh back to drooling.

  7. Jean

    I wonder if the name “muar chee” has its roots in the Japanese “mochi”. I’m living in Japan, and the last time I went back to Malaysia, I brought back some mochi as souvenirs for my relatives to try. My uncle and auntie who lives in Penang, after trying some mochi, told me that it was just like the Penang muar chee. It was one of the things they bought for me to try when I was in Penang, and it is very similar to mochi. Yum :9

  8. Hi all – thanks for the comments.

    Ame – I made CKT once with kerang (frozen one) and it tasted very good. I didn’t post it because I wasn’t happy with the pictures I took. Will try again.

    Jean – I think Muar Chee is the Chinese words for 麻芝, and since Japanese use a lot of Chinese characters, I believe mochi came from Chinese, and that mochi is originally Chinese.

  9. Hi RM, we made some muar chee ourselves after looking at your website. WE have no tapioca flour, so we substituted it with corn flour. On top of the groundnuts and dried shallots, we added a teaspoon of melted peanut butter to give it a twist. Taste really good and chewy..

    We will probably make some glutinous rice ball in ginger soup ‘tong yuen’ with the leftover glutinous flour we have. THanks and keep posting good recipes!

  10. That looks great! I remember a version I had in Montreal that had crushed wafers (like love letters) and bits of chocolate in the ground peanut mixture!

  11. Hi RM,

    Lovely blog you have here. I have a question about your Muar Chee recipe. We have the same thing in Taiwan and I usually made it without tapioca flour. Is there a particular reason for adding it? Does it made the dough softer? It’s one of my favorite snacks and your version looks very interesting.

    • Littlechi – yes, the addition of tapioca powder makes it softer. If you use all glutinous rice flour, it’s still good, but the texture is not as “soft.” Try it you might like it.

  12. Hihi!

    I love your recipes. Have tried the Teriyaki chicken and it tasted so much better than the bottled ones :) Also tried the chicken wings flour-ing concept and it was awesome! Thanks for your generosity :) Will be trying this muah chee within this few days!
    Anyway do you happen to know the recipe for ‘butterfly’? Similar to ham ji pang but the sweeter and top layer coated with sesame seeds.

  13. Yvonne Ong

    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Muar Chee is my favourite dessert dish. I’m from Kuala Terengganu and we don’t have this type of muar chee sold here. i’ve tasted the muar chee from malacca and penang…..delicious, i love it very much.
    Now i can try to do it on my own.
    Thanks again for the recipe.

  14. redmachine

    Hi RM,

    Tried making the Muar Chee using your recipe and let me friends taste the finished product. Wow, all of them gave me an A1 rating!!!

    I am giving you an A1 rating too! The muar chee tasted so good and very soft!! I must also give an A1 rating to the uncle (he’s selling Bang Chang Kuih near Kimberley Street) for his grounded roasted peanuts. I was too lazy to DIY so I bought some from him to go with your superb muar chee. Marriage made in heaven I must say!!!

  15. iggy

    ive been looking for a recipe for this ever since i left singapore to come home to scotland.

    used to eat it in the big hawker centre in hougang.
    thanks so much :)

  16. Rasy


    This looks really good….will try to make this on the weekend…
    But is it possible to boil it instead of steam?

  17. My friend told me about your website and im so glad he did, all these recipes are getting me inspired to have a go myself, thanks for sharing

  18. Mark

    Hi there this looks great and I will try it. I was in Penang for a couple months 20 years ago and remember ordering from the street vendors something that resembled a small tortilla that was cooked right in front of me and then they would sprinkle on a mixture of ground peanuts and sugar then fold it and serve it. It was incredible. Would you happen to have a recipe for that as well or know what it is called so I can search it on google? Thanks for the great site and recipes… Also going to try your beef satay. Yummm

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