Monday, April 13, 2009

Ban Jian Kuih II

I have been pondering for many awhile that the Ban Jian Kuih sellers in Malaysia definitely did not use buttermilk and that their recipe should only contain ingredients that are readily available there. So, i have to tweak again using what i think should be the ingredients used. I added baking powder and increased the amount to the potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution and did not add the bicarbonate of soda until the last minute as i have read that bicarbonate of soda will loose it potency over time

100 g all purpose flour
25 g rice flour
1 tsp double action baking powder
1/2 tsp potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution
1/4 tsp salt
50 g sugar
160 ml water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Filling :
100 g chopped roasted peanuts)
80 g castor sugar ) Mix together
2 tbsp Margarine cut into small pieces

Mix all the ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda , into a batter and leave aside covered, to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Lightly grease an apam pan(if available) or a 8 inch nonstick frying pan and heat it over a medium low flame.
Add bicarbonate of soda to the batter and mix well.
Pour in all the batter and using the base of the scoop/ladle , spread the batter evenly around and to the sides of the pan.
Cover pan.
When bubbles are seen on the surface of the half cooked batter, sprinkle a handful of filling over.
Spread the pieces of margarine all over the filling.
Cover the apam and cook further for half a minute.
Remove the cover and use a flat-bladed knife/spatula to release the sides and bottom of the apam and fold into half.
Cool before cutting into wedges.



beachlover said...

I was just thinking of making Apam Balik and now I see it here!! I like the one with crispy edges and thinner skin,,it's call ban jin kuih too?

Tummywise said...

Hi Aunty, Can I make it without the potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution, do you think?

Karen Chan said...

Hi Lily

i was wondering if ENO fruit salt, can substitute potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution. any thoughts on it as a raising agent?

Sally said...

Hi Lily,
May I ask...what is bicarbonate of soda??? Is it same to baking soda??

lilyng said...


i call the thin and crispy ones apam balik. look for it in my blog

lilyng said...


i think you could but you would have to use more bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

lilyng said...

karen chan

you could certainly try with eno and omit the bicarbonate of soda/baking soda. eno should react the same as baking soda and remember to add it in only when you are ready to make the kuih.

lilyng said...


yes, bicarbonate of soda is baking soda

Justine said...

These looks so tasty! I'm jealous : )

Tuty said...

It looks like Martabak Manis or Martabak Bandung in Indonesia. The thickness and filling varies too.

I love this kue, but after watching YouTube video about how the street vendor in Jakarta making the martabak, I have to restrain myself from making and eating it all (I am the only one in the house who likes it). The filling is so rich.. It looks like a heart attack waiting to happen :-)

Julie said...

Hi Lily,

I enjoy your website very much -your recipes (seems to be well tested), photos & advice that you give.
I'm from Penang but currently living in Boston. Told my husband I want to move to be your neighbour :)


Justin Schwartz said...

This looks really interesting. I don't think I've seen anything quite like it before.

My Little Space said...

LIly, try to add in a spoon of cornmeal on top of the crashed peanut. It tasted even better.

lilyng said...


thanks for visiting my blog and i hope that it is one of them you follow.

lilyng said...

my little space

thanks for the tip

Leong said...

I tried this yesterday, not quite successful. I used a abt 6 1/2 ins base non stick pan and made into two pancake. It turned out that there were honeycomb effect but some parts were flat, flipped it over depression holes appeared. The kuih is rather thin. I had rested it for more that half hr. When you measure 1/2 teaspn, is the teaspoon rounded or level. Pls advice.

lilyng said...


i am sorry your cake did not turn out so well. This cake should be thick in height so more batter is needed, at least 1/2 inch of batter in the pan.

in all my recipes, every measurement, whether in tsp, tbsp or cups are all leveled

crystal said...

Hi Lily,

The baking powder that i have is just written baking powder. Can use this instead of the 'double action baking powder'?

lilyng said...


yes, use the baking powder you are having. it should be ok

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