Tanni’s second dessert is Loh Mei Chi. It is a dough filled with red bean paste. In my home country, Loh Mei Chi is often sold in open market for breakfast or in night market as snack. It is usually filled with finely chopped peanuts and sugar mixture. There is also another version with no filing but coated with finely chopped peanuts and with a hint of sesame oil.
I simply love the texture of this dessert. It is soft and chewy at the same time. If you filled it with the peanut and sugar filing, it will be crunchy as well.
1 cup glutinous rice flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch (for chewier dough but with the addition of the cornstarch, a white layer developed on top when using the microwaving method)
a couple drops of oil
red bean paste
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You can make homemade red bean paste by soaking the red bean overnight or at least few hours. To speed up the cooking, microwave the red bean with some water for 10 minutes. Then, steam the red bean until soft. Another way is to boil the soaked red bean until soft. Add some honey and sugar to sweeten the red bean paste. Roll the red bean paste into a small ball, about one cm in diameter.
Dissolve the sugar with some hot water. Topped up the water to one cup and add to the flour and cornstarch mixture and mix well. Add in a couple of drops of oil. To add flavour to the Loh Mei Chi, you may add in two teaspoons of green tea powder or five tablespoons of black sesame powder into the flour/cornstarch mixture.
Microwave the mixture in the microwave for 5 to 7 minutes depending on the strength of the microwave. Check the consistency of the dough at 5 minutes and add 30 seconds at a time to get to the right consistency. Do not over cook the dough or else it will be tough.Alternatively, you can steam the mixture for 15 minutes.
Prepare some cooked dry glutinous rice flour by baking it in a 300F oven for 5 minutes. This is for coating the sticky dough. Place a tablespoon of the dough on the cooked glutinous rice flour using a lightly oiled spoon as the dough is very sticky. Try to flatten the dough a bit.
Place a red bean paste ball in the center of the dough and wrapped it with the dough to form a ball.
Dust off the excess flour and served it in a small paper cup.
Tanni, thank you for sharing this recipe and I will certainly try it at home.