Shanghai Steamed Rice Cake


This cake from chef-owner Kathy Fang of Fang, a modern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s SoMa district, is one of her family’s favorite desserts during Lunar New Year celebrations, which fall on Feb. 12 this year. Steamed rice cakes symbolize growth in the new year and unlike most rice cakes, which are sticky and chewy, this one has a soft, melty texture with a slight waxy bounce to it.To get more shanghai breaking news, you can visit shine news official website.

Place both the rice flour and glutinous rice flour in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add water to the bowl and start mixing in a circular motion with your fingers to blend until the mixture holds together and can be shaped when you press it.

Transfer the moist flour to a sieve and sift it, shaking the sieve, into a fine moist powder. Take your time and fight the urge to force the flour through the sieve. It should be fluffy.Return the sifted flour to the bowl and add sugar. Mix until fully incorporated.

Prepare an 8-inch diameter bamboo steamer: Cut two 8-inch rounds of parchment paper. Fit one into the bottom of the steamer. Place a steaming rack in the center of a large pot and add water until it reaches ¾ of the rack height. Bring water to a boil.Pour the rice flour-sugar mixture into the bamboo steamer, evenly spreading it until it’s packed into the steamer. Smooth and flatten the top of the cake using a spatula or a knife. Slice the cake into eight even portions; this helps the cake steam into individual slices, rather than one whole cake.

Decorate the top of the cake with dried fruits and nuts. Cover the top with the second round of parchment paper.