Taro Pudding


550 g taro
350 ml thick coconut milk
100 ml Pandan water
100 ml water
90 g sugar
85 g rice flour
85 g tapioca flour
a pinch of salt
200 g grated white coconut
2-3 Pandan leaves
a drop of purple food colouring


  1. Steam grated coconut on pandan leaves with salt for 7-10 minutes. Leave it to cool.
  2. Cut taro and steam for 15 to 20 minutes until soft.
  3. Mash the taro until fine and mix well with all the ingredients (except grated coconut).
  4. Pour into a mould and steam for 25 to 30 minutes. Leave to cool.
  5. Remove taro puddings from the moulds and coat each one in grated coconut before serving.

Source: Delicious Nyonya Kueh and Dessert


Steamed Mussels with Creamy Fennel Sauce


4 lb mussels, scrubbed, beards removed
1 small carrot, cut into julienne strips
1 small fennel bulb
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2-1/2 cups fish stock


2 Tbsp butter
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tbsp fresh mixed herbs, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Clean the mussels, removing the beards, and discarding any shells that open when tapped. Place the mussels in the base of the steamer with the carrot strips.
  2. Finely shred half of the fennel and add to the pan with the garlic and stock. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and steam for 5 minutes.
  3. Discard any unopened mussels and remove all the mussels and vegetables from the stock with a slotted spoon. Keep warm.
  4. Measure up 3/4 cup of the stock and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan and saute the onion and garlic for 2 minutes until softened.
  6. Add the wine, herbs, black pepper and cream. Pour in the 3/4 cup of fish stock.
  7. Finely chop the remaining fennel and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Spoon the mussels into warmed serving dishes and top with the vegetables. Serve with the wine and cream sauce.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Steam Cuisine

Chinese-style Steamed Duck Breast with Pineapple and Ginger Sauce


2 boneless duck breasts
4 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
8-ounce can pineapple rings
5 tablespoons water
4 pieces drained Chinese stem ginger in syrup, plus 3 tablespoons syrup from the jar
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed to a paste with a little water
1/4 each red and green bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
salt and ground black pepper
cooked thin egg noodles, baby spinach and green beans, blanched, to serve


  1. Strip the skin from the duck breasts.
  2. Select a shallow bowl that will fit into your steamer and that will accommodate the duck breasts side by side. Spread out the chopped scallions in the bowl, arrange the duck breasts on top and cover with baking parchment. Set the steamer over boiling water and cook the duck breasts for about 1 hour or until tender. Remove the breasts from the steamer and leave to cool slightly.
  3. Cut the breasts into thin slices. Place on a plate and moisten them with a little of the cooking juices from the steaming bowl. Strain the remaining juices into a small saucepan and set aside.
  4. Cover the duck slices with the baking parchment paper or foil to keep warm.
  5. Drain the canned pineapple rings, reserving 5 tablespoons of the juice. Add this to the reserved cooking juices in the pan, together with the measured water. Stir in the ginger syrup, then stir in the cornstarch paste and cook, stirring until thickened. Season to taste.
  6. Cut the pineapple and ginger into attractive shapes.
  7. Put the cooked noodles, baby spinach and green beans on a plate, add slices of duck and top with the pineapple, ginger and pepper strips. Pour over the sauce and serve.

Makes 2 to 3 servings.

Source: Asian Cooking

Chinese-style Steamed Three Kinds of Egg


3 salted ducks’ eggs (咸蛋)
3 preserved ducks’ eggs (皮蛋)
3 fresh eggs (beaten)
3 tbsps water
1 tbsp oil


  1. Poach the salted ducks’ eggs until done. Shell and dice coarsely.
  2. Shell and dice the preserved ducks’ eggs.
  3. Mix well the beaten eggs with water and oil. Add the diced salted ducks’ eggs and preserved ducks’ eggs and mix well. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased dish. Steam over high heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool and cut into slices before serving.

Source: Delicacies by Gigi Wong

Steamed Fish Combining the Taste of North Africa and the Flavour of India


1/4 cup orange juice
1 small onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups frozen peas
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
2-1/4 cups water
1-1/2 cups couscous
8 oz canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 red snapper fillets, 5 oz each
1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. In a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, heat the orange juice. Add the onion and saute until wilted, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the peas, salt, cumin, and curry powder and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil. Stir in the couscous, chickpeas, and lemon juice. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Arrange a single layer of the fish fillets on top of the couscous and dust with the paprika. Cover and simmer until the fish is opaque throughout and the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, about 10 minutes.
  5. To serve, divide among individual plates.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: The Mayo Clinic