Singkong Thailand / Candied Cassava (Montad Chuame)-Cassava/Tapioca/Yucca root is slowly cooked in syrup and served with slightly salty coconut sauce. Montad chuame is out of this world!
MONTAD CHUAME (SINGKONG THAILAND)
My Thai friends introduced me to this montad chuame when I was in college. Pieces of cassava are simmered in sugar and water that slowly reduced to a sticky syrup and sweeten the cassava. Coconut sauce is poured on top just before serving! It was a pure bliss inside the mouth! If you have followed quite a bit of Southeast Asian food, you will immediately see that coconut milk is one of the ingredients we can’t live without! Savory or sweet dishes!
Cassava is utilized a lot across Southeast Asia and I believe in Africa and other parts of the world. It’s a cheap source of carbohydrate. In Indonesia, it is often categorized as “poor” people food. It’s very economical compared to rice. Buying cassava here in the U.S. is not as cheap though 🙂
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INGREDIENTS USED IN MAKING MONTAD CHUAME
Montad chuame only needs 4 ingredients to make, 5 if you count the salt. It’s super easy to make and one of the most delicious Thai desserts!
Cassava root / Tapioca root/ Yucca
HOW TO MAKE MONTAD CHUAME SUCESSFULLY
Making montad chuame is a no-brainer and knowing a few tips will ensure you get a good result.
1. The size of the cut
I prefer not to cut the cassava into small pieces because they will turn into mush when you cook them. I cut them into about 4-inch log and then halve them. It is also important to try to cut into an equal size so they cook evenly. Remove any visible tough core in the middle. This will give you a good size and better presentation of the end product later
2. Control the heat
The cassava will be slowly cooked until the sugar reduced into thick syrup consistency and the cassava itself turns translucent and soft. So it is important to cook it under low heat to prevent the sugar from burning or reduce too quickly before the cassava turns translucent.
3. Not all pieces are equal
Some cassava may turn translucent faster than the other. If the syrup has thickened and some of the cassava have turned translucent and soft but the others have not, carefully remove the ones that have to a plate and add a bit of water and continue to cook the rest to let them turn translucent.
Look at how thick and gooey the syrup has become at the end of cooking time
WHY MONTAD CHUAME CAN BE ADDICTING
If you don’t like cassava/tapioca, then you won’t be reading this post. I found montad chuame highly addicting. Something so simple can be so satisfying it’s almost ridiculous! I don’t even like candied sweet potato. I found it extremely too sweet and the texture is too mushy.
Montad chuame is basically cassava boiled in sugary water until the liquid turns into a thick syrup coating the cassava and then served with slightly salty coconut sauce. Now…this is where it gets me….the sweet and salty combination it’s my weak point! It’s addicting because cassava has that soft bouncy texture to it and not mushy (unless you overcook it badly) when it is cooked and it doesn’t taste sweet on its own, so it’s perfect when it is coated in syrup and then balanced by the creamy and slightly salty coconut sauce.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER MONTAD CHUAME
They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week. I don’t recommend freezing them simply because I feel like their texture is not the same after thawing. The coconut sauce can be kept in the separate container for up to 1 week too.
For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
- 500 gr Cassava/Tapioca root/Yucca - peeled
- 150 gr sugar
- 350 ml water - or more depending on the size of your pot
- Use a sharp knife to peel the outer thick skin of cassava. Cut the cassava into about 4-inch long log. Half the log and then remove the tough core in the middle if you see any. Place the water and sugar into the pot
- Place this in a medium/large saucepan and make sure you arrange them in one layer so they can cook evenly. Pour water and sugar. Make sure the water covers the cassava pieces
- Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover with a lid leaving it ajar a little bit. Cook for about 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until you see the cassava turns translucent and soft. Turning the cassava pieces halfway gently throughout the cooking time. By the end of cooking time, the cassava would have easily fallen apart if you poke with a fork. The sugar would have reduced to be pretty thick and gooey (because of the starch from cassava)
Prepare coconut sauce:
- While the cassava is cooking, prepare the coconut sauce. Place the coconut milk, salt, and flour in a small sauce pan. Whisk to make sure the flour is mixed in and no lumps. Bring to a gentle simmer, do not boil. The sauce will thicken slightly.
- Serve the cassava with some extra syrup drizzle on top if any left from the pot followed few drizzles of the coconut sauce