Saturday, April 25, 2020

Traditional Teochew Snack: Soon Kueh

Teochew Soon Kueh

The traditional Teochew Soon Kueh uses bamboo shoots as filling. As it is not easy to find bamboo shoots in Singapore, you can replace them with turnips.

Teochew Soon Kueh (makes 30)

Skin ingredients:
200 g tapioca flour
200 g rice flour
80 g glutinous rice flour
750 ml boiling water
60 ml oil
salt to taste

Bamboo shoot filling:
2 bamboo shoot (or turnip) - shredded
2 carrots - shredded
black fungus - shredded
dried shrimp - chopped
minced garlic
shallots - chopped

1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground pepper
3 tbsp water

Cooking method:
1) Heat oil, saute minced garlic, shallots and dried shrimps. Add shredded bamboo shoots, carrots and black fungus, fry until soft.

2) Add seasoning, continue to fry until slightly dry. Set aside to cool.

Teochew Soon Kueh

Making skin:
1. In a mixing bowl, put in the rice flour, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour and salt to mix well.

2. Boil 750 ml of water, pour the boiling water into the mixture and stir quickly.

3. Add oil gradually and knead to form a smooth, flexible dough.

4. Sprinkle some tapioca flour on the table, divide the dough into portions of 30 g each. Cover with a damp cloth, set aside for 30 minutes.

5. Rub some tapioca flour on your hands, take a piece of dough and press it into a thin round shape. Put some filling in the middle.

6. Place some tapioca flour on your fingers to prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers when pinching the edges of the skin. Fold in half or roll into a ball.

7. Apply some oil on the steaming tray before placing soon kueh on it.

8. Bring water to a boil and steam for 8 minutes. Apply a layer of oil to soon kueh while hot to prevent the skin from hardening after cooling.

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