Soft and slightly chewy muah chee is coated with peanut powder, sugar, and sesame seeds topping is a popular snack from kids to adults and now you can easily make this at home. All the tips you need to know.
The sight and thought of muah chee bring back so much memories for me as a kid. I remember eating this as a kid with a toothpick. It’s not uncommon to eat a snack sell by a street vendor like this with a toothpick. Muah chee or sometimes you’ll see it spelled as muar chee is a popular snack (to me it’s a dessert) in Southeast Asia countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is very similar to Japanese mochi. Muah chee is even easier to make without having to shape it into any shape at all. Glutinous rice flour is cooked into dough-like and then coated with peanut powder, sugar and sesame seeds topping. My daughter can easily down the entire plate on her own ha..ha..!
WHAT MAKES GOOD MUAH CHEE
The texture must be soft, yet slightly chewy, and springy
2. SHALLOT OIL
Authentic muah chee has shallot oil added to the dough to give that extra aroma. It’s not a total deal-breaker if you don’t have shallot oil. Many times I have made muah chee without it and no one seems to complain. But, if you are after an authentic muah chee, definitely use shallot oil
3. RIGHT AMOUNT OF SWEETNESS
Like many Asian desserts and cakes, muah chee is not supposed to be overly sweet. The ratio of peanut powder to sugar that I found best is 2:1. This is personal, you can adjust to your taste
Muah chee is made with glutinous rice flour or known as sticky rice flour or sweet rice flour or mochiko flour. Please do not substitute with other kinds of rice flour. Regular rice flour will NOT give the same texture and result. There’s no substitution for glutinous rice flour.
HOW TO EASILY MAKE MUAH CHEE FROM SCRATCH
In this step-by-step instructions, I’m sharing how I make the mochi dough with a steamer, which is a more common method.
1. PREPARE PEANUT POWDER TOPPING
Use a blender, not a food processor. A blender will do a better job turning the peanuts into powder. My food processor isn’t able to grind anything into a powder consistency. It can only finely ground or chopped (as shown in the photo below)
I prefer to add the sugar to the peanut powder instead of blending it with the peanuts. The peanuts and sesame seeds will release oil over time and make the sugar “wet”
1. PREPARE MUAH CHEE DOUGH
Prepare the steamer with some water and bring the water to a rolling boil. Place all ingredients for muah chee dough in a large heat-proof bowl until it is smooth
Place inside the steamer and let it steam for the next 20 minutes
The dough will turn translucent white after steaming
Remove from the steamer after that and quickly stir with a spoon. Stirring will improve the texture of the dough. Let the dough cools down for 10 minutes
2. COAT WITH THE TOPPING
Use a spoon to scoop up a small piece of the muah chee dough. It is sticky, but don’t worry, it will not be after you coat them in the topping
Toss them in the peanut powder, sesame seeds, and sugar mixture and coat the piece all around
It is highly recommended to serve this immediately after you prepare it
TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. USE ROASTED PEANUTS AND TOASTED SESAME SEEDS
You can save some steps at home by purchasing already roasted peanuts and toasted white sesame seeds
If you cook the dough by steaming or microwave, make sure the stir the dough after it’s cooked. Stirring it improves the texture of the dough
2. DON’T BLEND PEANUTS WITH THE SUGAR
I prefer to blend the peanuts into powder and then add the superfine sugar into it. I find this helps to keep the peanut topping dry longer
3. COOL THE DOUGH DOWN
I used to coat the still-hot muah chee dough immediately with the peanut powder topping and that makes the muah chee turns really wet almost immediately. Let the dough cools down for about 10 minutes and then cut or scoop the dough into smaller pieces and then roll them in the peanut powder and sugar mixture
4. ONLY PREPARE AS MUCH AS YOU WANT TO EAT
Only coat muah chee dough in the peanut powder topping when you want to eat them. The longer they sit, the “wetter” they become.
I’ve never imagined that I would make my own muah chee. This was something I could easily buy if I were in Indonesia. It’s really easy to make though and you can have your dessert or snack in no time. Simplicity at its best!!
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVER MUAH CHEE
Only uncoated muah chee dough (meaning you haven’t coated it with a peanut topping) leftover can be kept in the fridge. Here’s how:
1. Cover the uncoated muah chee dough with a cling wrap and store them in the fridge. They can be kept for up to a week this way
2. Store the peanut powder and sesame topping in an air-tight container. Only add sugar to the mixture when you want to serve muah chee
3. Refrigerated muah chee will harden. Simply reheat with a moist heat like in the steamer and they will soften again. Wait 10 minutes and then coat with the peanut powder topping
DID YOU MAKE THIS EASY MUAH CHEE RECIPE?
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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)
Muah chee dough:
- 100 gr roasted peanuts - 2/3 cup
- 50 gr superfine sugar (caster sugar) - 1/4 cup
- 30 gr toasted white sesame seeds - 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp
Prepare the peanut powder + sugar topping:
- Toast the white sesame seeds on a dry pan until lightly golden brown. Do the same with the peanuts. I bought a roasted peanuts, so I don't need to toast the peanuts on the pan anymore
- Make sure the roasted peanuts and sesame seeds have cooled down completely before blending them
- Use a blender, not a food processor. Blender will do a better job turning the peanuts into powder instead of a paste. Pour peanuts (and toasted sesame seeds if using) into the blender, pulse it a few times and then shake or loosen the partially chopped peanuts with a spoon or spatula. This is important step to make sure it turns into powder. Cover it back and pulse again one more time and loosen it with a spoon or spatula again and pulse it again if it's not a powder consistency yet. Repeat as necessary
- I prefer to add the sugar to the peanut powder instead of blending it with the peanuts. The sesame seeds and peanut will release oil over time and make the sugar "wet"
- Prepare the steamer with some water and bring the water to a rolling boil. Place all ingredients for muah chee dough in a large heat-proof bowl until it is smooth. Place inside the steamer and let it steam for the next 20 minutes. Remove from the steamer after that and quickly stir with a spoon. Stirring will improve the texture of the dough. Let the dough cools down for 10 minutes. Proceed to coat with topping step below
Cooking in the pan method:
- In a large non-stick pan, add all ingredients for the muah chee dough. Use a rubber spatula to mix until it is smooth
- Turn on the heat on low to medium and start stirring until the mixture is thickened. The mixture is still pasty and you can't really gather it into a dough yet. Keep stirring and pressing the dough and cook it until it started to turn into ball of dough and slightly translucent. The whole process of cooking is probably about 15 minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down for about 10 minutes. Proceed to coat with topping step below
Cooking in microwave:
- Place the glutinous rice flour, water, and cooking oil in a large heat-proof bowl (preferably glass) until it is smooth. Cook on high in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir the dough. This will improve the texture of the dough. Let it cool down for 10 minutes. Proceed to coat with topping step below
Coat with topping:
- Use a spoon to scoop up a small piece of the muah chee dough. It is sticky, but don't worry, it will not be after you coat them in the topping, or use a paper towel dip in some cooking oil and wipe it on your kitchen shears and pick up the dough with a chopstick and cut the dough into smaller pieces
- Coat them in the peanut powder topping all over and serve immediately