On sunday, i was at my boyfriend’s aunt’s place for dinner. I call her Auntie Christine. She’s an awesome cook/baker! She let me take a look at the many cookbooks she had. Then i chanced upon a book about Nyonya Kuehs & Desserts.
Have never made anything of this sort before (I mostly bake if you notice). I love to eat them though hahahaha, so i was rather keen to try it out. She graciously lent the book to me 🙂
Here’s my first attempt of Ondeh Ondeh for you guys!
I decided to post up another recipe instead, because of copyright terms, don’t wanna get into trouble you know haha. Plus no one has posted up this recipe yet :S But i’ll show you guys the method 🙂
Anyhow i found a recipe that you guys may wanna try out!
Ondeh Ondeh (Makes about 50)
Recipe adapted from Cookies & Raisins
350g glutinous rice flour
250g sweet potatoes
3 tablespoon pandan juice
200g gula malaka (cut into small pieces) – Otherwise known as palm sugar
1 packet dried coconut flakes (or freshly grated coconut)
I’ll be showing you some stuff that i did differently from the recipe above!
Steam the potatoes for about 15mins or until cooked. Then remove the skin and mash while still warm. Set aside.
Get some pandan leaves! Otherwise known as screw pine leaves. We grow these at home 😉 Pretty eh?
I put my grated coconut over some cut up pandan and steamed it for 10 minutes. It gives the coconut a really fragrant oomph to it. Set aside to cool.
To make your pandan juice, cut your washed pandan leaves into smaller pieces and put it into your blender. Put in some water and blend.
I put mine through a cheesecloth.
Lovely pandan. And no there’s no added artificial colouring 😛
Place the mashed sweet potatoes and rice flour together. Start adding the pandan juice and water until you get a soft and smooth dough. I used much more pandan juice by the way.
It was quite crumbly at first. Then i played around with it.. Added some water.
And got a nice smooth dough. I added a little bit of green colouring to exaggerate the colour a little.
Sorry i didn’t manage to take the process of wrapping the gula melaka filling. But anyway just make a disc out of your dough, place some filling in the centre and seal well. I used about 1 1/2 tsp of dough for each ondeh ondeh. I mixed a little caster sugar with my gula melaka by the way.
These are the sealed ones! Bursts of sugar goodness inside 🙂 Love the colour. Very Shrek-ish hahahaha!
Drop these into a pot of boiling water. When cooked it should float, about 2 to 3 mins.
And yes in this picture i added more boiling water because i realised i couldn’t tell if it was floating LOL.
Remove and roll it in the shredded coconut 😀
Honestly i wasn’t too happy with how the ondeh ondeh turned out. I thought that the skin wasn’t as chewy as i hoped it to be. But my grandma liked it. In fact she said it was really good. Anything grandma-approved is good. I trust my grandma’s judgement. All my grandma told me was to be more generous with the sweet potatoes next time.
Besides that, i’m really happy with how it turned out. It looked awesome, smelt awesome and tasted awesome. Please remember that the recipe i posted up isn’t the recipe i used. Please understand! But if you guys are interested, the book is titled Delicious Nyonya Kuehs & Desserts by Patricia Lee. Will post up a snapshot of the book soon. The other recipes do look really awesome too. Can’t wait to try it. Heh.
Till next time my dears 🙂