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Tropical Fruits in Steamed Coconut Custard Recipe

Tropical Fruits in Steamed Coconut Custard Recipe

Tropical Fruits in Steamed Coconut Custard Recipe

These steamed cakes made with jackfruit (or other tropical fruits) make a delicious snack or dessert.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup (150 g) rice flour
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) tapioca starch
  • 3 cups (750 ml) thin coconut milk or 1 cup (250 ml) coconut cream mixed with 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pandanus leaves, tied in a knot, or 1/4 teaspoon pandanus essence
  • 11/2 cups (200 g) diced jackfruit or mango or sliced banana
  • 16 pieces banana leaf, each about 20-cm (8-in) square
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Palm Sugar Syrup

Method :

  1. Prepare the Palm Sugar Syrup.
  2. Combine the rice flour, tapioca starch, coconut milk, salt and pandanus leaves or essence in a saucepan, and cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until the creamy mixture becomes very thick, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the pandanus leaves (if using). Allow the mixture to cool, then add the fruit and mix well.
  3. Place one piece of banana leaf on top of another and spoon 2 tablespoons of the cooked mixture onto the centre, then spoon 1/2 tablespoon each of the coconut cream and Palm Sugar Syrup over the mixture. Fold two opposite sides of the banana leaves over the filling so they overlap each other, then seal the two ends with toothpicks.
  4. Alternatively, roll the banana leaf into a cone and spoon 2 tablespoons of the cooked mixture into it (see photo). Serve the coconut cream and Palm Sugar Syrup in small bowls on the side.
  5. Steam the bundles for 25 minutes in a bamboo steamer or on a steaming tray inside a covered wok. Remove from the steamer and allow to cool to room temperature or chill before serving.

Serves 4-6
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 35 mins

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Source :
the food of Singapore
Simple Street Food Recipes from the Lion City
by David Wong & Djoko Wibisono
photos by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by Lee Geok Boi

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See also Singapore Cooking “Eggplant Masala Recipe”