On Friday, my cousin's son got married. The solemnization ceremony was held at the Sultan Mosque after which we all proceeded to my cousin's place for a feast. Then last night, we attended the sit-down wedding dinner in a hall. We, the relatives, didn't have to do much.... just sat & ate & mingled a little bit while the singers & dancers entertained the guests.
It was different when the groom's mother got married 30 years ago. Back then, the spirit of gotong-royong was so alive! All the relatives were busy helping out with the preparations... decor, food & all... & both the solemnization ceremomy & wedding dinner were held at my consin's place. They were held on a wet Christmas night... we were all drenched as we helped to serve the guests. That was one unforgettable wedding.......
In the spirit of gotong-royong, I made kuih bingka ambon, an Indonesian kuih, for the feast on Friday. Recently, Ayu of Curlybabe's Satisfaction made this kuih & when I saw her picture, I couldn't wait to make it myself. So last week, I tested the recipe & was very happy the kuih turned out beautifully. That inspired me to make some for the gathering. Just look at the beautiful honeycomb texture.......
Some things to take note of... When I first tested the recipe, I used instant coconut milk from the box (200ml & added water). For the second atttempt, I used thick freshly-squeezed coconut milk (300ml). I like the ones using fresh coconut milk better as the bingka is richer & shinier, as you can see in the pictures. I also added 60g more sugar for my second attempt as I like my kuih slightly sweeter. If you want to try this kuih, you may want to try half recipe first as one recipe can make about 100 pieces.
Inspired by Curlybabe's Satisfaction
Original recipe from Majalah Sedap Bil 18 Vol 2 2009
100g plain flour
125 ml water
1 packet instant yeast
300 ml coconut milk from 1 coconut - I used thick, freshly-squeezed coconut milk.
1/2 tsp tumeric powder - I used yellow colouring.
15 kafir lime leaves, aka daun limau purut (torn)
2 lemon grass (cushed) - I didn't use
2 pandan leaves
1 tsp salt
300g sugar (I added 60g more.)
225g tapioca flour
25g glutinous rice flour7 whole eggs
- Combine all ingredients for yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly & leave aside for 15 minutes.
- Combine coconut milk, tumeric powder, kafir leaves, lemongrass, pandan leaves, salt & sugar in a pot & cook, stirring continuously, until mixture boils. Remove from fire & strain mixture. Set aside 450ml.
- Combine tapioca & glutinous rice flour. Add in yeast mixture & mix using hand whisk or cake mixer.
- Add in egg one at a time & continue mixing.
- Add in warm coconut mixture in several additions. Continue mixing for about 15 minutes. Leave mixture aside for 2 hours.
- Heat up Kuih Lumpur mould (I used Kuih Bahulu mould.) on a stove using low fire & grease it by rubbing it with fresh coconut until the mould is oily. Then remove the coconut & wipe the mould clean with a cloth. (I just greased it using cooking oil.)
- Pour mixture into the mould until 3/4 full. (Stir mixture thoroughly before pouring.)
- Once little holes start to form on the surface of the bingka, cover the mould. Leave to cook for few minutes.
- Remove bingka from mould & repeat process.
Read here for my Bingka Ambon Durian recipe.