Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kuih Kosui

I like Kuih Kosui to be steamed in a cake pan, then cut into pieces and coated with coconut. To me, if this kuih is steamed in tiny cups, then it would be 'Kuih Lompang'. While kuih lompang can come in other flavors like pandan or plain but of different colors, Kuih Kosui is not. It has to be made with 'gula melaka/palm sugar and caramelized sugar, so therefore it is brown.

250 g gula Melaka about 1 big piece
500ml water
1 tbsp santan powder/coconut milk powder
2 pandan leaves, cut into small pieces
50 g sugar + 3 tbsp water
100g tapioca flour
160g rice flour
20g glutinous rice flour
500ml water
1 tsp alkaline water(kan sui)
1/2 freshly grated coconut
1/2 tsp salt


1. Put sugar and water to caramelize. Add in the 500 ml water as soon as the sugar turned brown. Then add in the rest of the ingredients in (A ) and bring it to a boil to dissolve the gula melaka. . Strain for any lumps and leave aside to cool.

2. Mix everything in (B) together till a smooth batter is formed. Add in the gula melaka syrup and cook over low heat or in the microwave till the batter is slightly thickened. Stirring constantly.

3. Steam the freshly grated coconut for 5 minutes. Leave it aside for use later.
Add salt before using.

4. Pour batter into a greased square cake pan. Steam over boiling hot water for about 40 minutes.

5. Cool the Kuih Kosui before you cut into pieces .

6. Coat them with the steamed coconut and serve.



Zue Murphy said...

I love kosui! I can eat the whole thing to myself. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Hi, your recipe looks great. But what is santan powder?

lilyng said...


oops! should have used the word coconut which is in english. santan is malay for coconut milk

Salt N Turmeric said...

Hi Lily,

I have all ingredients except tapioca flour and alkaline water. Can i skipped or replace with something else?

lilyng said...

salt n turmeric

replace cornstarch for tapioca flour and dilute 1 tsp baking soda for the alkaline water

Sally said...

wow...that is my favourite kuih kosui...I had try all the website to find this resepi and I was so glad that u post it on your blog. I had tried to steamed it yesterday and it turns out really good and delicious...thanks Aunty Lily.

lilyng said...


i am glad that you like this recipe. thanks for the feedback

Salt N Turmeric said...

Thanks Lily!

Denise said...

Dear Auntie Lily,
I tried your Ipoh Sar Hor Fun. It was good after not eating it for ages.
I can't get santan powder for the kuih kosui recipe. Can I substitute with coconut milk instead? And how much?
Have you eaten the Tiger Head brand of heong peng? Do you have the recipe or do you know where I can find one? Thanks

lilyng said...


use the same amount, very thick coconut milk. you can also omit it.

i am sorry i have not eaten tiger head brand heong peng. perhpas i might get to try it if someone bring some back from malaysia.

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