Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hainanese Yi Buah Recipe 制作海南薏粑


My Hainanese husband and his elders love their traditional yi buah (glutinous rice coconut cake). My sister-in-law makes very good yi buahs which are popular among the Hainanese community and our clans. I learn how to make these cakes from her so I don't have to bother her every time my husband craves for it.

I made some modifications to my sister-in-law's recipe.


Coconut filling :

400 g fresh shredded coconut (新鲜椰丝)
180 g of gula melaka (palm sugar 椰糖) or black sugar (黑糖)
4 cm ginger - diced finely(姜)
100 g coarsely grated toasted peanuts (花生碎)
30 g toasted white sesame seeds (白芝麻)
30 g diced orange peel (optional)

Break gula melaka into smaller pieces, add 1⁄2 cup water and bring to boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the coconut, ground peanuts, ginger and diced orange peel, cook until well mixed, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the filling cool completely.



400 g of glutinous rice flour (糯米粉) reserve some flour for dusting
150 grams of rice flour (粘米粉)
200 g lukewarm water

Sieve the rice flour into a large pot, pour in lukewarm water, and stir until a dough forms. Briefly knead the dough in the bowl until it is smooth and does not stick to the sides of the pot.


Cover with cling wrap or wet towel and rest for 20-30 minutes. Divide the dough into balls, depending on how thin the dough you can manage.

Cleaned 24 pieces of banana leaves (8 cm strips) and lightly greased with cooking oil. Reserve a few tablespoons of cooking oil for glazing after steaming.


Slightly flatten a dough ball, spoon coconut filling in the centre. Close the edges and roll it into a round shape. Wrap a piece of banana leave around the dough, flattened it slightly and tuck in the folds of the banana leaf. Sprinkle some glutinous rice flour on your hand if the dough is too sticky.

Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a rice cooker. Arrange the cakes on a steamer, leave some space between each cake so they don't stick together. Cover the steamer.

Steam the cakes in batches for about 10 minutes. When cakes are cooked, dish onto a plate and let cool before serving.

Dip a chopstick in some permitted red colouring and place a small dot on top of each dough. Brush a little cooking oil on top of the cake while it is warm.


我家里的长辈们超爱吃的传统海南糕点。我姑姑做的海南薏粑, 糯米皮蒸得柔软、滑润而不粘。我向姑姑​​学做这糕点, 家人想吃便动手做。薏粑的原材料是糯米,所以口感有点像麻糬般黏韧。

薏粑是我们海南家庭逢年过节必备的传统糕点, 凡有亲朋戚友家中庆祝任何喜事,都会送些薏粑祝贺。薏粑是用糯米粉包馅料制作的小吃。


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