20 red chinese dates
500g (17 1/2 ounces) glutinous rice flour
5 slabs brown sugar, also called peen tong* (See Note Above)
400ml (13 1/2 ounces) water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for frying
Red chinese dates (optional)
1. Place dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water, allow to soak for 10 minutes and when dates are soft chop in a food processor.
2. Bring half the water to a boil and add the slab sugar, reduce heat and simmer gently to melt sugar.
3. Allow sugar syrup to cool and add cold water to make upto 400ml (13 1/2 ounces).
4. Place glutinous rice flour and chopped dates into a bowl, add sugar syrup and mix well.
5. Pour into an oiled 8 or 9-inch x 3 to 4 inches deep cake tin and cook in a steamer for 1 hour. Allow cake to cool completely and refrigerate overnight.
6. When ready to eat, cut the cake into quarters. Cut each quarter crosswise, not into wedges, but into two 2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into scant 1/4-inch-thick slices. This is the typical way of slicing a cake Chinese style. Beat the eggs in a small bowl, until frothy. Dip the slices in egg.
7. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or skillet or a nonstick frying pan over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add just enough vegetable oil to barely coat the wok, skillet or frying pan, add the egg-dipped slices in batches and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. If desired, garnish each serving with red dates.
Date: August 24, 2006