Posting a little early for MM, but here’s something which you can whip out in less than 10 minutes (if you have the ingredients available in your kitchen) and best thing is, it’s gluten-free! :]
I specifically searched for a recipe which didn’t require steaming, because my craving had to be satisfied now! So microwaveable muah chee it was! (Btw, I use my microwave for many other purposes, including making sausages and instant noodles when I’m lazy.) These photos are again, taken with my iPhone, because the muah chee was done in minutes (literally) and went into my stomach within seconds! So, there was absolutely no time to take the camera out =p
|What was left of my muah chee after I remembered to take a photo of it.|
- Combine the peanuts and sugar together in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add the glutinous rice flour and water. Mix well and ensure that there are no clumps. Place it into the microwave (I used power at 70w) for 2 minutes. The mixture should be sticky but not gooey.
- Using a fork (or spoon), drop the microwaved dough onto your peanut mixture and use a pair of scissors or knife to cut the dough into smaller pieces and roll it about the peanut mixture.
- Modifications: The original recipe is from Ju. If you are serving the muah chee to a family, do use the original recipe which should serve 5 or more people for a light snack.
- Taste: I left out the shallot oil, because I didn’t have any, but in the future, I’d probably add a little bit of vanilla extract to make the muah chee more fragrant :]
- Texture: Just like those selling on the streets! You can microwave it on high (100w) for 2 minutes and it’s fine as well. I tried microwaving it for 3-4 minutes and there was no visible change to the texture (ie, it didn’t harden).
- Storage: I doubt the muah chee can be stored in the fridge because it has to be continually steamed or kept warm for it to be soft and chewy. In any case, whipping up this dish takes less than 5 minutes if you have all the ingredients on hand!
- Would I make this again? Definitely! All you need to do is place everything in a microwave and that’s more than half the dish done already :] On top of that, it’s so much cheaper to make this at home (peanuts cost well, peanuts and the glutinous rice flour is <$2 for 500g!) and you know exactly what goes into the muah chee!