I was told that this soon kueh is a quite a popular snack in Singapore. I am not sure about this, i probably never eaten the real soon kueh but looking at it, it looks very much like the vegetable dumpling ( chai kueh ) that is more commonly found here . Their fillings are similar that is consists of turnip ( jicama ) , carrot, dried shrimps, mushrooms and from what i read, the traditional soon kueh consists of bamboo shoots, in chinese which they call " soon" ( 笋), hence the name. Unlike the normal vegetable dumplings which the dumplings are kinda pleated, these soon kueh appear like a half moon shape,with no pleats. woohoo! I'm hopeless with pleating so making this saves me the struggle to pleat. Also, its skin is not really translucent or transparent as compared to the chai kueh but more white in colour.
The process of making the dough is still a bit intimidating but luckily it wasnt too difficult to handle. Just spare some extra flour for dusting, it should be fine. For those of you who are very experienced in making dumplings, you can opt to use whatever method you find it easier to cut out the thin circles for each dumpling. For me , i have divided the dough into portions and roll each portion out flat and thin and use a bowl to cut out the circles. Usually i dont have much luck with making the skin, at times they will turn hard after they cool down but I am happy with this as it still remains soft for several hours. The unfinished ones i have kept in the fridge.
Recipe ( makes 20 pieces )
400gms turnip, cut into shreds
1/2 a carrot, cut into shreds
50gm dried shrimps, coarsely chopped
2 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp water
bit of dark soya sauce
* you can add in mushrooms to the filling to enhance the taste.
Heat up enough oil to saute the dried shrimps until fragrant and sizzled. Add in the chopped garlic and shallots and saute till aromatic. Add in the turnip and carrot. Fry and keep tossing it. Add in the salt and dark soya sauce and continue frying till the turnip turns soft. Fry on low medium heat . Add in the water and let cook for a while till the turnip becomes crunchy soft. Remove from heat and leave aside to cool.
For the Dough ( adapted from www.feasttotheworld.com )
250gm rice flour, plus extra for dusting
80gm tapioca flour
550ml boiling water
In a large bowl, put the rice flour and the tapioca flour and mix them using a fork. Pour in the boiling water slowly and stir well with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed. Use your hands to knead the dough till smooth. Be cautious as the dough is hot. You can use a plastic glove if you want. Cover the dough in a pot and let rest for 10 mins.
Divide the dough into 3 or 4 portions . Work on one portion at a time and leave the rest portions covered in the pot. If the dough is sticky, dust a little flour on it. On a plastic sheet or floured surface, roll out the dough flat . Using a round cutter or a bowl ( i used a bowl, 4 " diameter ) , press and cut each out individual dough. Dust your hands with a little flour for easier handling. Put some filling on the dough, fold over and seal by pressing the edges. Repeat the same steps for all the remaining dough. Put on a steamer that is lined with a baking paper or oiled and steam on high heat for about 12 minutes. Brush some oil once removed from steamer to prevent sticking. You can work on batches, while one batch is steaming you can work on the remaining dough portions.
I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest ( Singapore ) hosted by Grace of Life Can Be Simple