If you walk along any street in the Hunan Province of China, you will find two two key players in the street food scene. Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐）and Sweet fried rice cakes. Stinky tofu is a black tofu like substance that is brined in fermented milk, to give it the distinguished smell. The black tofu is fried, dipped in a sauce and served with pickles and chilli. Although it is stinky, it is very tasty. Sweet fried rice cakes are patties made from glutinous rice flour and water which are then fried in a mixture of oil, sugar and water. It is sweet, oily and chewy, and a favourite among kids.
Nobody bothers to make stinky tofu at home because it is too complicated to make and we all know it is tastier from the street. However, it is very easy to replicate sweet fried rice cakes at home. Served with a cup of tea, it makes nice afternoon snack.
My aunty makes delicious sweet fried rice cakes, so I asked her to share her recipe.
Sweet Fried Rice Cakes
Ingredients for the patty:
100g glutinous rice flour
1/2 US cup water /110-120ml water
small pinch of salt
Ingredients for frying:
3-4 tablespoons of water
at least 60g of raw sugar
Mix together glutinous rice flour and water to form a dough. Adjust if dough is too sticky or dry.
Divide dough into six balls and form small patties.
In a saucepan, add oil to 1/4 the height of the pan’s wall. Heat the oil for 2-3 minutes at moderate heat.
Add sugar and water and mix.
Add the patties into the oil and fry until both sides are golden and crisp. If you like things soft, do not fry as long.
Enjoy with a cup of tea!