Contributor: Ho Siew Loon
Happy New Year! Last week, my neighbors and I had a wonderful potluck party to usher in 2010 and one of the special traditional delicacies that I learned from a neighbor is her ever popular Chai Kueh.
Her Chai Kueh has always been a hit at all our gatherings. I have always enjoyed the chewy texture of Chai Kueh and since it is steamed, it is a rather healthy snack to enjoy…
Chai Kueh (Vegetable Dumplings) is a typical Chinese snack. This snack is very popular among the Teochew and Hakka especially the older generation.
The skill in making Chai Kueh lies in the skin as to achieve the soft, chewy and translucent-like sheen. Stir fried jicama (yam bean) is then wrapped in the crystal like skin.
The soft chewy skin blended together with the slightly crunchy vegetables makes it a simply irresistible snack at any time of the day.
Chai Kueh Recipe
Chai Kueh (Steamed Vegetable Dumplings) | Easy Asian Recipes.
- 300-400 g jicama, yam bean
- 3 tablespoons dried prawns, (optional)
- 100 g carrots
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 165 g wheat starch flour, tung mein fun
- 85 g tapioca flour
- 420 g hot boiling water
- 5 tablespoons oil
1Wash and soak dried prawns for 10-15 minutes. Chop it coarsely.
2Shread yam bean (jicama) and carrots into long strips.
3Heat up 4-5 Tbsp oil and stir in garlic till fragrant.
4Add in dried prawns and fry till fragrant.
5Add in yam bean (jicama) and and carrots. Stir fry for about 5 minutes and let it simmer till vegetable is soft and cooked. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
6Leave it to cool.
1Mixed wheat starch flour and tapioca flour in a large mixing bowl.
2Add in boiling water and mixed it thoroughly with long wooden spoon till you get a translucent like dough.
3Close it up and let it rest for 10 minutes.
4Add in oil gradually and knead into a smooth dough.
5Rolled out dough into a long sausage roll and divide into about 30 pieces.
To make Chai Kueh:
1Prepare the steamer.
2Lightly oiled the steaming tray.
3Roll out the skin pastry into a circle with about 7 cm diameter.
4Put 1 Tbsp filling in the center.
5Pleat the edge of the skin and wrapped it up tightly.
6Arrange the Chai kueh on the steaming tray. Brush with some oil before steaming.
7Steam for 12 minutes or until the skin is translucent.