29 September 2014

Kuih Seri Muka

Seri Muka means pretty face in Malay language! It is an Asian two layered snack with steamed glutinous rice at the bottom layer and green custard on the top. It is one of my favourite Nyonya kueh. Love the creamy custard layer and the salty sticky glutinous rice at the bottom. My Seri Muka is not having the perfect smooth surface because of the big bubble appeared at the final moments!! 

Made Seri Muka this morning while the new helper was busy cleaning up my house. When come the time to sit in front of the computer, my brain goes blank...I have a lot of thought to say but not sure this is the ideal place. But I need a place to vent my thought!!! 

I'm sadden by one of my ex-secondary school mate who took her own life due to depression. We really can't foresee this kind of thing will happen to people we know. May be, a little more caring and loving to our family members and friends will make a lot of difference. We need to learn to embrace imperfection in life, take things slowly, see beyond what is in front of us as life is bigger than where we are standing right now. Let's start by asking friends out for a cuppa today, will you?

Recipe from Dapur Tanpa Sempadan with minor changes
(used 7" square pan)
Ingredients for bottom layer:
350g glutinous rice (soak overnight)
200ml coconut milk (used 100ml thick coconut milk)
150ml pandan water (3 pandan leaves boil with 200ml water)
1 tsp salt
30 pieces dried blue pea flowers, soak in warm water, crush it to extract the blue colour

Ingredients for top layer:
300ml coconut milk
180g sugar (used brown sugar as this is what i have)
4 tsp corn flour
3 tbsp plain flour
3 eggs
50ml pandan juice (extract directly from pandan leaves)
few drops of pandan paste

1. Line the 7"square pan with grease banana leaves.
2. Divide the glutinous rice into two portions, soak one portion with the extract from blue pea flowers.
3. Place the glutinous rice with salt and pandan water in a metal plate and steam for 20 mins or until the rice is cooked. (I steamed the white glutinous rice and blue glutinous rice separately)
4. Mixed the white and blue glutinous rice together, add coconut milk. Place the rice into the lined square pan, press the rice firmly before steam again for another 10 mins.
5. In a bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs. Add in coconut milk, pandan juice and pandan paste.
6. Sift flour and corn flour into the bowl, mix well. Sift the mixture.
7. In a saucepan, boil the mixture with low heat until it just thicken.
8. Pour the mixture on top of the glutinous rice, steam for 30 mins with medium-low heat until the top layer harden. 


  1. 这个我也是想吃哦。你做的你虽然说不是很成功。但是颜色确实很好看 美丽的。加油吧。我也是还拿捏不到上层的 kaya 面糊呢。而且一定要等待完全冷了 用 plastic 刀切开才好看.。我要学这个糕点。不然我还是失败的。嘻嘻

  2. Hi Tze, I've made simple Kuih Seri Muka before but didn’t try with blue pea flowers. Yours very nice colours ... bet delicious too.
    In life there's always some ups & downs. In the midst of our busy schedules (work or homemaker), perhaps we sometimes just slow down our footsteps and take a look at the people around us. All of us need some TLC = tender loving care. Appreciate your sharing.

  3. Boy, am I craving ! Your kuih looks so tempting. Hope you're having a fabulous week ahead dear.
    Blessings, kristy

  4. very sorry to hear about your friend. sometimes in situation like this, i think as a friend, we just dont know what to say.
    I hope all of us will take life slowly and easy too. Hope you gonna have a good day! btw, your mini angkus are very pretty, so are these seri muka!

  5. Hi Tze..I had always wanted to make this but always put on hold. Seeing your posting makes me realise I should learn to make this soon. Sad to hear about your school mate, life is so fragile. Hope to catch up with you if you are in SG.

  6. Love the colors of this kuih . Looks so sedap ! ;)

  7. Hi Tze,
    I made this too this other day. I did not blog about it cause the top layer doesn't really set nicely.
    Yours looks pretty with the blue pea flower layer.


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