Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Steamed Chicken Floss Cake

Lately I have been into steaming my cakes instead of baking them.
There are two reasons why I am trying out steamed cakes.

For steamed cakes, I used oil instead of butter.
I am trying to bring my bad cholesterol level down by eating right and exercising. My medical test revealed that I have a 'fatty' liver. Thus by watching what I eat and coupled with exercising, I hope it will work. It certainly worked that I have shed about 3 kilograms in about 8 weeks. Next is to find out if my 'naughty' cholesterol has gone down which will be known next week. Though the doctor prescribed cholesterol pills, I refuse to take them. I want to try to do it the natural way. I don't like to be dependent on life-long medication if I can help it.

The other reason is that I'll be going to Cambodia next month to teach some baking skills to a group of young women staying at a women's centre. As most of them come from the villages, it is most likely that they do not own an oven. Thus steaming cakes would be an appropriate option and using oil would be cheaper than using butter. Besides cakes, they will be learning to make kueh kueh as they have abundant sweet potatoes, tapioca and palm sugar!

As I try out the various steamed cakes, I am making adjustments in the ingredients used because what can be bought here may not be available in Cambodia.

Though I used chicken floss in this cake, it can be substituted with whatever I can obtain there.

The Recipe:(Adapted from A. Goh's)

1 egg
80g sugar

1/4 chicken flavour granule
35 ml oil

95g plain flour
1/2 tablespoon double action baking powder

10g chicken floss + extra for topping

1. Whisk egg and sugar till thick and creamy.

2. Beat in the salt and chicken granule.

3. Pour in the oil and mix well.

4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well.

5. Add in the chicken floss and mix.

6. Pour into a greased and lined 6" or 15-cm round cake tin. Sprinkle some chicken floss on the top.

7. Steam for 30 minutes.

The cake texture is like the typical 'kai tann kou'!


  1. Ooohh... I'd love to have a slice of this now.
    I wish you have a fulfilling trip to Cambodia. I guess it must be really exciting for you.
    It just reminds me of my uni days when I went to the aboriginal villages to teach for a week.

  2. what charitable work you are doing! i guess it feels really good when you know your passion can actually contribute to our society. your chicken floss cake looks really delicious too!

  3. Sounds great that you are going to Cambodia to impart your baking skills! Wish you all the best for your forthcoming trip :-))

  4. I've high cholesterol too but I exercise and eats less seafood. Really helps :)
    You're very talented and so nice to learn that you teach making cakes in Cambodia. Take care.

  5. the cake look so soft, fluffy and yummy! (:
    cambodia is a nice place! they've got wet market like ours too (: their handmade silk scarf and handicrafts are lovely! hope you'll have wonderful trip there (: take care!

  6. yes this looks definitely healthy and love the meat floss!

  7. So thoughtful of you to volunteer to teach cooking at Cambodia. 3 Cheers for your generosity!

    This cake looks delicious. To me, nothing can substitute the floss which is always my fav since young :D

  8. Love the idea of this savory steamed cake. Brilliant. Plus, steaming cake gives super moist result that I love.

    SC had fatty liver a while back, and he recovered through a very strict home cooked diet and exercising. Keep up the good work!

  9. Wow, your cake looks delicious, and I sure try to steam instead of bake :-)

  10. Sounds really easy and it has got chicken floss - I love it!

  11. This steamed cake looks good. I have been telling myself to try steam cakes too but yet to doing it. Wishing you a good trip to Cambodia.

  12. It nice to know that you are using your skill to bless the less unfortunate! So thoughtful! Hope you will have a good and fruitful trip!

  13. What a meaningful trip, remember to share with us about your trip, what you teach them and what you see. Ya, you must really control your diet by looking at your health situation. About poppy seeds, it does not add any flavor or aroma to the cake , just you get some ka che sound when bite them. You can just ignore it.

  14. I could have finished the whole one..ok, that's a bit of exaggeration, but really, a steamed chicken floss cake sounds and looks heavenly!

  15. This is so interesting!!! I was intrigued by the title and recipe. Wow!


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