Monday, September 24, 2007

"Ham Chim Peng"

Occasionally, our Church Parent's group would organize activities such as talks, craft and cooking demonstrations to get the parents to gather and get to know each other.

The cooking demonstrations are normally done by volunteers and organized once a month. Yesterday, I went for the "Ham Chim Peng" demo. Actually they also showed how to make "Kap Choong" - the one with the pulut rice in the middle.

I got home and tried it because I had made a batch of red beans for the Daifuku that I wanted to make. It turned out pretty good. Taste wise was very much like "ham chim peng", visually it looked very much like "ham chim peng" too. I thought I'd share this recipe with you because it's so easy except that the poofing time is quite long.

Here goes:
Flour Dough
150 gms Flour
1 tsp Sugar
1 pkt Instant Yeast
150 ml Lukewarm water
Mix all the above and keep covered for one hour.

A. 600 gm Flour
Flour Dough (the above)
250 gm Sugar

B. 200 ml Water
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 tbsp Melted butter or softened butter

C. 2 tbsp Fine salt
1 tbsp Five Spice powder

D. 1/2 'Kati' Pulut rice (Pls don't ask why they are using such measurements, I also don't know!)
2 tbsp Sugar

1. Mix "A" evenly and slowly stir in "B" and knead to for a soft dough for about ten minutes. Cover with a piece of cloth until it doubles in size in about one and a half to two hours.

2. Meanwhile, cook the pulut rice "D" as you would normal rice except you need to add the sugar in. After cooked, spoon out to make two rolls (like sushi rolls) of pulut. You need to roll it tightly to firm up otherwise it will break down. My mum said she'd prefer to put salt in than sugar, I think that's a personal choice so up to you.

3. When dough is ready, roll it out into a rectangle (like a swiss roll). Brush the top with water and sprinkle "C" generously and evenly and roll it up like a swiss roll. You can wet the edge to seal it.

4. Cut the rolled dough into 1 inch thick pieces, brush with water on the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Leave it for ten minutes to rise a little. Take a rolling pin and roll it a little flat and deep fry.


With Red bean paste filling:
You can divide the 'poofed' dough into small pieces and fill it with red bean paste. Do it just like making 'pau'. Flatten the dough around in a bowl shape and drop a 'ball' of red bean paste and seal. Use flour to prevent sticking. Leave it aside for ten minutes and use rolling pin to flatten before frying.

With pulut rice filling:
Just roll out 1/3 the dough like a swiss roll. Put the cooked pulut 'roll' onto the dough and roll up. Seal the edge with water and cut in 1 inch slices. Roll them flat and leave for ten minutes for it to rise and deep fry.

Note: This recipe for the dough is enough to make all three types of the above if you like. Just divide into three portions and fill with the different filling.


Tracy Tan said...

cool. i should try it for a taste of home :)

i just met some ppl at bible study group here who are interested to learn how to make some sushi and easy Japanese food - will direct them to your blog for pointers :)

i can't wait to learn with them!

Bento Pet said...

tracy tan: Most ingredients are easily available and if you're away from home, it's sheer pleasure to take the first bite!! Try it!

Thanks for the support!!

barbara said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog ! You are welcome ;)
Bento... brings back memories of my Mom's food ( she's Japanese), and delicious sushis and rice.
You have some great recipes here; YUM !
I occasionally do some recipes in my blog.Whenever I can put all that together with the pictures.
You take care.

keeyit said...

I love Ham Chim Peng... You know Ham Chim Peng with soya bean is the perfect match !

Bento Pet said...

barbara: Thanks for the encouragement! Appreciate it! You take care too.

Bento Pet said...

keeyit: Great! Will try soya bean next time. Used to have it with coffee always.

Judy said...

The ham chim peng looks so authentic. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
I will have to brave myself to try this recipe as it looks rather tedious.....right?

Well done!

ling239 said...

love those with red bean paste type ~ ^_^

BlurMommy said...

The Ham Chin Peng looks really good. I should try it out. Thanks for sharing. :)

WokkingMum said...

Wow! The Chin Peng looks good. Must try it some time! :)

mommibee said...

wow great work on the ham chin peng lookalike. i miss eating that so much.

Bento Pet said...

judy: Actually I was surprised that it turned out quite authentic. I was skeptical initially because it looked too simple. You are right the poofing time is about 3 hours. The hard core bakers will find it easy and have things to fill their time. For a non regular baker like me, I'm like starring at the dough and checking out the dough all the time. It's worth while though!!

ling: Yeah! Red beans rule!!

blurmommy: You're welcome!!

wokkingmum: It's quite authentic!

mommibee: If I can do it, everyone can!!

Stephanie Law said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will pass this onto my mum who loves ham chim peng!

Bento Pet said...

stephanie law: this is quite simple really! Enjoy!


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