Nyonya Dumplings


400g glutinous rice, washed and soaked overnight
40g glutinous rice, washed and soaked overnight in water with a little blue food colouring and a squeeze of lime juice added
Some dried bamboo leaves and hempstring, soaked

Seasoning (A)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Chinese five spice powder

6 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked and diced
100g candied winter melon, (toong kwa tong), diced
2 tbsp dried radish (choy poh), minced
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped shallot
1 tsp preserved soy bean paste (tau cheong)
2 tbsp coriander powder, add 3 tbsp water and mix into a paste

Seasoning (B)
1½ tsp pepper
50g sugar
1½ tsp salt


Drain glutinous rice separately. Add seasoning (A) to the uncoloured rice and leave aside.

Heat oil and sesame oil in a nonstick saucepan. Sauté garlic, shallot and dried radish until fragrant. Add soy bean paste and coriander paste. Fry until aromatic.

Add mushrooms and candied winter melon. Stir-fry well then mix in seasoning. Fry until well combined. Dish out.

Place two bamboo leaves together, fold into a cone then add 1 tsp of coloured glutinous rice. Top with 2 tbsp of uncoloured rice. Add 1 tbsp of filling followed by a heaped tablespoon of uncoloured rice.

Fold down the bamboo leaves to enclose the rice and fold into a neat pyramid. Secure tightly with hempstring. Finish up the rice to make more dumplings.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp of salt and sugar.

Put in the dumplings and cook for 2 hours. If using a pressure cooker, cook for 45-50 minutes.

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