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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Heard of this rice dumpling? Have you tried eating or making it?  I think most rice dumpling lover know about this Nyonya style 'chang'.
Before browsing through the recipe, I always thought that this kind of chang is more difficult to make than the Kiam Bak Chang. The rice has to be steamed first and moreover the some rice has to be coloured. Anyway, I took the time to slowly run through the ingredients and the steps. Looks easy so long as I can prepare the fillings earlier and the wrapping probably the next day.
So these are the ‘fruits’ of my 'labour'…..They not only looks nice but tasted good.  I'm very happy with the result.  My sis gave a thumbs up after trying one. 

The rice is soft, chewy and taste good with the aromatic savoury sweet filling. Making them small looks dainty but you can always increase the rice portion to make bigger dumplings and also to finish off the fillings.   My hubby says it is not necessary cos’ it is eaten as a snack rather than for a meal.  Perhaps, next time, I will double the rice portion so that there won’t be leftover filling and more rice to cover the filling.   I had leftovers - used up in the next post].
Recipe Source for my selected Cookbook for February 2016 – Nyonya Flavours [modified]

[makes 20]
40 dried bamboo leaves – soaked until soft and wiped dry
Hemp strings
2-3 blades of pandan leaves – washed and cut into 3 cm lengths
Ingredients for Filling
300 gm pork belly – skin removed and chopped coarsely
150 gm candied winter melon [tungkwa] – chopped
100 gm ground roasted peanuts
1 tbsp peppercorns
50 gm [8 cloves] garlic
20 gm [3] cekur ginger roots
4 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp salt to taste
2 tbsp sugar to taste
2 tbsp cooking oil

  1. Blend peppercorns, garlic and cekur roots in a processor until fine and mix in the coriander powder.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, sauté ground spice ingredients until aromatic. Add in pork and stir fry until well mixed.
  3. Add in sugar and salt and a dash of water. Stir to combine and cook until meat is cook and tender. 
  4. Add in the candied winter melon and continue to fry for a few seconds. Off heat and leave fillings to cool before adding in the ground peanuts. Set aside until required or refrigerate.
  5. Note – this portion of filling is enough for 750 gm of rice. If using more rice, just increase the other rice ingredients proportionately.
Ingredients for Rice
500 gm glutinous rice
2 tbsp indigo blue colouring [extracted from the butterfly pea flower/bunga telang]*
* blend 30 blue pea flowers with some water in a blender, strain to obtain the blue coloured water enough to soak the rice
250 ml thick coconut milk mixed with 1 tsp salt
  1. Wash glutinous rice until the water runs clear. Remove 160 gm of the rice to a separate bowl and soak it with the blue pea water enough to cover the rice. Mix well.
  2. Soak both rice overnight in the water and drain before use.
  3. Bring water to boil and steam the plain and blue glutinous rice separately for 1 hour or until rice is cooked and soft. I steamed them for 1 ½ hours.
  4. Stir in 1/3 of the coconut milk to the blue rice and 2/3 of coconut milk to the plain rice. Continue to steam for a further 10 minutes. Fluff up before use.
To Wrap the Rice Dumplings
  1. Overlap 2 bamboo leaves together and fold into a cone. 
  2. Fill cone with 1 heaped tablespoon of plain glutinous rice and 1 tsp of the blue glutinous rice. 
  3. Top rice with 1 tablespoon of the savoury sweet filling and cover with another tablespoon of plain glutinous rice. Top with a piece of pandan leave.
  4. Fold the loose end of the bamboo leaves over the rice and wrap dumpling into a pyramid shape. Secure with a hemp string.
  5. Repeat the process until you have a dozen dumplings in a bunch or until all the ingredients are used up.
  6. Steam dumplings over boiling water for 30 minutes. Remove to cool.

I'm submitting this post to Cookbook Countdown 2 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking [Makan2] Foray

I'm submitting this post to Little Thumbs Up event hosted by Sweet Home-Chefs with her February 2016 theme - Chrysanthemum and edible flowers organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Mui Mui of my little favourite DIY,


Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I love Nonya Chang! So long I have not had a chance to taste it again. Yours looks very attractive with the bright blue color.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, this Nyonya Chang is awesome but not as popular as Kiam Bak Chang. I used lots of blue pea flowers and like this colour, brightens up the rice dumplings. This filling is good.

Emily said...

Oh wow, you are good at making Chang! BTW do you use the blue pea flowers freshly plucked or dried? I made Chang twice a long time ago, but no longer have the strength to tie them these days.

Kimmy said...

Hi Emily, I used freshly plucked blue pea flowers cos' I can get them easily from friends' garden. Tying these Changs is easier cos' the ingredients are already cooked compared to the Kiam Bak Chang.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Kimmy,
These authentic Nyonya chang is very difficult to find nowadays, except in Malacca. I have tried the ones in KL and they are really way off from their so-called Nyonya Chang! I really missed the ones made my by late mother. I, myself have not made this for years! I have been thinking of making it year after year, but never did! I must make the effort to do so this year! We used some tauchioh for the filling but without any peanuts. Thanks for linking with CC!

Kimmy said...

Hi Joyce, me too have several recipes for this Nyonya Chang, each differs slightly but I really love this filling [tasty and aromatic]. It is like eating the Nyonya Kuih - rempah udang. My family prefers Kiam Bak Chang but it is no harm trying various types in small portions. Looking forward to you family recipe.

Sharon D said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, Kimmy. I love the deep shade of blue and the filling alone is making me salivate. I've never been so enticed to make rice dumplings ..until now! Thank you for linking up with us.

Kimmy said...

Hi Sharon, yes natural colouring from flowers that looks so attractive. Blue pea flower is packed with numerous health benefits too.

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

Your nonya chang is so traditional made with a hint of natural blue colours! Like like like... LOL!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you heaps for supporting LTU for all these years. Doreen and I are ending this event after May 2016.



Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, I must thank you and Doreen too for organising the monthly LTU events all these years giving us a great platform to share and learn all about cooking/baking, food and ingredients. Thumbs Up and looking forward to some new events which you will be hosting in future.

TeaLady said...

Fascinating! Blue food! So much to learn!

Kimmy said...

Hi TeaLady, yes, nice colour and beneficial too. I often steep these blue pea flowers and have it a drink cos' of its' health benefits.

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