Muah Chee is one of my favourite childhood snacks. Eating this brings back memories of my grandparents who would buy this from the market for just fifty cents many decades ago! These days a small pack of Muah Chee can cost S$2 to S$3. I've stopped buying it outside now that I've discovered how easy it is to make.
It's simply a mixture of glutinous rice flour, water, sugar, salt steamed into a paste and then coated generously with grated peanuts, sugar and sesame seeds. My daughters were asking for a snack that day, so I whipped this up in just a few minutes (plus 20 mins of steaming time).
The secret of great tasting Muah Chee is really the shallot oil which added a unique flavour to the snack. It takes effort to make shallot oil but its really worth the trouble. I love the combination of the chewy dough with the crunchy peanuts. Simply addictive.
Home Made Muah Chee (Serves 4 to 6)
Recipe from Sunflower Food Galore
- 200 g glutinous rice or sticky rice flour
- 2 tsp of sugar
- 0.5 tsp of salt
- 250 ml water
- 1 tbsp cooking oil or shallot oil*
- 1 tsp of oil or shallot oil for brushing the cooked dough
- 150 g roasted peanuts
- 40 g dry roasted sesame
- 75 g sugar
- Make the peanut mix by putting peanuts, sesame and sugar in a food processor and blitz to a fine mixture (or buy ready-made)
- Mix the dough batter ingredients together. Pour into a deep dish and steam for about 25 minutes. Test the center to make sure it is cooked through before taking it out of the steamer.
- Brush the dough with a little oil. Leave to cool down slightly.
- Spread the peanut mix on a tray. Scoop small pieces of the dough onto the peanut mix then toss to thoroughly coat them. Can press the dough pieces lightly to coat with more peanut mix. Ready to enjoy.