Little Bowl Cake (Seow Wor Tou)

Ming made two desserts in the South Arm Community Kitchen after Andrea finished with her German dishes. The first dessert is Little Bowl Cake or Seow Wor Tou in Mandarin.


The Little Bowl Cake is not supposed to look like this. But when Ming made this cake, she might have added too much water and she does not have enough corn flour to adjust the consistency of the dough. The dough was too soft to mold into a little bowl. I will illustrate how it should be made in the instruction section.


  • 300g corn flour
  • 100g soy flour
  • 100g castor sugar (was substituted with granulated sugar)
  • 2g baking powder (Ming used Chinese baking powder, not sure if it’s different from regular baking powder)
  • warm water


Click on Read More for the instructions.


siowworthoe-16-300x200Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
siowworthoe-15-300x200Add warm water a little at a time until you have a dough which is fairly stiff. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes.
siowworthoe-13-300x200Roll a 1″ dough ball and use your thumb to make a well into the ball to shape it like a little bowl. Place the little bowl into a steamer.
siowworthoe-12-300x200Since the dough was too soft to mold, Ming just make a disc out of the dough for steaming.
siowworthoe-11-300x200Steam for 10 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Garnish the cake with dried cranberries.

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