Thursday, September 9, 2010

Buboh Cha-Cha

When I was much, much younger, I enjoyed shopping very much. I love window shopping, browsing through things and I would end up buying 'want' things, 'need' things and 'maybe I'll use in the near future' things! As I grew older or aged, my shopping and buying frenzies tamed down a lot. It was partly due to my work (it was getting more demanding) and the 'other job' that kept me too busy and also got me too tired to think of shopping. How I wished they had online shopping then! ;P

Nowadays my shopping is controlled with a list of what-is-necessary-to-buy things and they are mostly groceries and household stuffs. So the only places that I frequent are supermarts or hypermarts. I hardly shop for clothes, beauty stuff etc...

The nearest supermart is ntuc. On Tuesdays, any senior citizen or elderly like me will get a discount of 2% if we shop there. I do my grocery shopping twice a month, on Tuesdays.

Last Tuesday's shopping was slightly different because my husband didn't accompany me. It meant that while I had a shopping list to go by, I had time to do a little browsing. Usually when my husband is with me, I will just 'zero in' on what's on my list and my shopping is done in 45 minutes to an hour.
While browsing, I came across a packet of pre-cut buboh cha-cha ingredients consisting of sweet potatoes, yam and pandan leaves. I was hooked (cos it's convenient) and bought a packet.

Anything coconut or lemak is my husband's favourite. While I am aware of the health implications consuming such foods, a once-in-a-while treat is okay.

What I Used:

1 packet mixed sweet potatoes and yam (about 700g, I used half)
4 to 5 pandan leaves
water (enough to cook the sweet potatoes and yam)

sugar to taste
pinch of salt
coconut milk (I used 1 small packet kara)

Starch Dough (I omitted this, not fond of this)
80g tapioca flour or more
enough boiling water to make starch dough
*Add boiling water to the flour a little at a time and mix to a dough. Take care when handling hot dough. Divide dough and add any preferred colour. Roll out into strips and cut into small pieces.
Boil a small pot of water, add the dough pieces when water is boiling. Let it cook and when the dough pieces start to float, remove and dunk in cold water. Leave it aside.

What I Did:

1. Cook sweet potatoes and yam in enough water with a couple of pandan leaves till slightly soft.

2. Remove the sweet potatoes and yam and put aside. Do not discard water.

3. Add more water, coconut milk, salt, sugar and pandan leaves. Bring it to a partial boil.

4. Add sweet potatoes and yam and dough pieces(drained). Let it boil and then turn off stove.

5. Serve hot or cold.

The brownish look on the sweet potatoes is gula melaka syrup that I drizzled on it.

The yellow blob is...............DURIAN! Yum!


  1. Wah wah, the durian blob is a real treat.
    Oh they sell the premix pack frozen or chilled????
    I think it's only available in Spore.

  2. wah! sweet potatoes and yam cubes in a packet! how convenient! :D i want

  3. Hi Wendy,
    Packed by S'pore factory and vacuum-packed and chilled.

    Hi Rita,
    Definitely convenient for lazy me!

  4. Busygran, this is good for me as well since so convenient. BTW where to get the freeze durian blob? thanks

  5. love home made bubur chacha. outside stalls always so diluted, not enough santan and the yam is so little.

  6. Hi Jess,
    I bought the durians and freeze it. I use it when required. Just let it thaw.

    Hi Petite nyonya,
    My husband exclaimed that it's good and had a second helping! He said it's better than bought ones.

  7. The way you describe your spending habits and patterns is quite the same of my own experience :)

  8. Thanks Busygran. I freeze the durian pulp in the freezer too. Thought you have lobang to buy in factory hahaha...I remember there is freeze durian pulp selling as well :).

  9. Hi Jess,
    I prefer to buy my own and freeze. Buying ready frozen durian - quality may be compromised.

  10. Hi Tigerfish,
    Hi-five with you, having almost same experience!


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