Do you love vanilla beans? I do! You must be thinking, this woman is crazy to be talking about vanilla beans when her post titles 'steamed pandan cakes'. Yes, I was just getting to that.
To us in Southeast Asia, pandan to us is like what vanilla bean is to those in the US. Haha!! I like the sound of that. If you ask me to describe how pandan leaves or screwpine leaves (as they are officially named) smell like, I would say that there is definitely a sweet scent from fresh pandan leaves as well as a grassy fragrance to it as well. But when I used it to cook rice, the fragrance of the pandan flavoured rice is just BOOM!! I love the smell of it.
Enough said, of course pandan also has its partner-in-crime just like chocolates and banana. Its partner-in-crime is definitely coconut milk! This is definitely something that many of us on this side of the world would know right? :)
Anyway, I have a girlfriend who always asks me if I have recipes that I've tried but those that doesn't use the oven or some pan that allows you to cook cake. So now I'm trying this recipe, let's see how much success I'll get with them. Psst, I've never steam a cake before. Yes, not even that brown sugar cake as we all fondly know as huat kueh and any other steamed cake before. Ok, I should be embarrassed right? =S
As they say, there is always a first time for everything right? Now I'm taking this as a challenge ;) When I first saw this article on The Food Magazine, I thought the recipe from Karen Tan seems easy enough.