Thursday, August 27, 2009

Heritage Taste

Takashimaya Food Hall
391 Orchard Road
Singapore 238873

Pandan Muah chee/ Mua chee/ Mua chi (S$2.50)
(called "Mar Chee" at Heritage Taste)

Muah Chee is a mochi like snack of boiled glutinous rice flour coated in toasted peanuts. Its origins seem to be a battle between Southern China and Penang, though variants of it appear in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The rice is boiled to a chewy consistency (in this case with Pandan) after which it is minced into small uneven pieces and rolled into ground peanuts and sugar. This particular specimen also appeared to have a coconut taste, most likely from the use of coconut milk in the boiling process.

I have a liking for chewy desserts such as the glutinous rice balls Tong Yuen and hadn't had this for over a decade so it was nice to rediscover it. This serving was my afternoon snack and, as glutinous rice is wont to be, rather filling.....!

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