Make Steamed Plain Rice Cake with the perfect texture using only 3 ingredients for Char Koay Kak (Fried Rice Cake), a popular Penang street food.
Every time I share my Char Koay Kak (Fried Rice cake) recipe on social media, I have been asked repeatedly on where to buy or how to make the Steamed Plain Rice Cake, the main ingredient in Char Koay Kak. I was fortunate to be able to buy the rice cake at one of the Asian markets I shop at here in the Twin Cities. Even though the supply can be erratic, I can still get it occasionally when the craving for Char Koay Kak hits.
Prepackaged Rice Cake
While I am grateful to be able to get the rice cake, it can be expensive. One 32 oz (900g) package of rice cake costs USD$4.00 and it is only sufficient for about 2 to 3 servings unless they are super small servings. I usually buy 2 packages to feed our family of 4. I guess you can say it is still a relatively small price to pay for convenience.
Homemade Steamed Plain Rice Cake
On the other hand, Plain Rice Cake using only 3 ingredients can be prepared very economically in your own kitchen. It just takes a little time but it is really quite easy to make as you will see in the video below. The amount of rice cake prepared using my recipe is sufficient for 4 large servings or 6 small servings.
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Steamed Plain Rice Cake for Char Koay Kak
- Combine rice flour, corn flour, and water in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Stir as it comes to a gentle boil. The mixture will begin to thicken to a paste like consistency. This will take about 5 minutes. Turn off stove.
- Prepare a steamer. Transfer rice and corn flour paste to a greased bowl or tray. Place the bowl or tray in the steamer and allow it to steam for 1 hour. Top up water in steamer if necessary.
- Remove and allow rice cake to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
- Cut rice cake into ¾ inch cubes.
Some people like their Char Koay Kak with a very soft texture. The prepackaged rice cake that I buy have a firmer texture. I prefer it with a somewhat medium texture and so I made this Steamed Plain Rice Cake just the way I like it. When cut into cubes, it holds its shape. You can add or reduce the amount of water for a softer or firmer texture.
Char Koay Kak Using This Steamed Plain Rice Cake
This was the Char Koay Kak we enjoyed last weekend. I cooked the rice cake in two batches with lots of bean sprouts and Chinese chives. We had our fill this time and it was so yummy!
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