Black Sesame Crystal Kee Chang (Alkaline dumplings) is made with small sago pearls. Small Sago Crystal Kee Chang can be served with Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup, or filled with homemade filling, such as black sesame paste or red bean paste.

CHINESE VERSION: 黑芝麻馅水晶碱水粽

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
 

Black Sesame Crystal Kee Chang (Alkaline Dumpling) | MyKitchen101en

Yields: 15 dumplings

Ingredients:

Ingredients for black sesame paste: (Yields: about 320 g)

  • 100 g black sesame seeds
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 50 g split mung bean (soak for 3 hours, drained)
  • 1/8 tsp fine salt
  • 100 g water

Ingredients for crystal kee chang:

  • 200 g small sago pearls
  • 300 g plain water
  • 40 g fine sugar
  • 1 tsp alkaline water (lye water)
  • 1 tsp cooking oil

Instructions:

For black sesame paste:

1 Stir-fry black sesame seeds in dry pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool completely.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
 

2 Steam soaked split mung bean over medium heat for 25 minutes, until very soft.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

3 Mix together cooled black sesame and icing sugar. Process in 2 batches until very fine using a grinder.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
 

4 Combine salt, water and steamed split mung bean, blend until smooth. Add in ground black sesame, blend until well combined, then sieve into a non-stick pan.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

5 Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, until you have a smooth paste. Set aside to cool.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

6 Divide black sesame paste into 15 portions.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

For crystal kee chang:

1 Rinse sago pearls with hot boiling water, drain off the water.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

2 Combine sugar, alkaline water, cooking oil and water, stir until sugar has dissolved. Add to sago gradually, mix until combined. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes, until water has been fully absorbed, stir 2-3 times in between soaking.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

3. Divide soaked sago into 15 portions.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

Making Black Sesame Paste Crystal Kee Chang:

1 Rinse bamboo string with water (to prevent it from breaking easily).

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

2 Fold 2 pieces of bamboo leaves into cup shape, put 1/2 portion of sago into cup, make a hole in the center, add in black sesame paste, top with the remaining sago to cover the filling completely.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

3 Wrap the dumpling properly, then tie with bamboo string, trim off extra bamboo leaf with scissors.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

4. Arrange dumplings in steamer rack.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

5 Bring water of steamer to the boil, put in dumplings, steam over medium-high heat for 17 minutesOff the heat, allow dumplings to stay for 10 minutes before taking out.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

6 Set aside to cool down black sesame crystal kee chang completely before serving.

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

Black Sesame Crystal Kee Chang (Alkaline Dumpling)

Black Sesame Crystal Kee Chang (Alkaline dumplings) is made with small sago pearls. Small Sago Crystal Kee Chang can be served with Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup, or filled with homemade filling, such as black sesame paste or red bean paste.
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Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Dragon Boat Festival, Dumplings
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 15 pieces
Calories 91 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For black sesame paste: (Yields: about 320 g)

  • 100 g black sesame seeds
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 50 g split mung bean soak for 3 hours, drained
  • 1/8 tsp fine salt
  • 100 g water

For crystal kee chang:

  • 200 g small sago pearls
  • 300 g plain water
  • 40 g fine sugar
  • 1 tsp alkaline water lye water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil

Instructions
 

For black sesame paste:

  • Stir-fry black sesame seeds in dry pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Set aside to cool completely.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Steam soaked split mung bean over medium heat for 25 minutes, until very soft.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Mix together cooled black sesame and icing sugar. Process in 2 batches until very fine using a grinder.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Combine salt, water and steamed split mung bean, blend until smooth. Add in ground black sesame, blend until well combined, then sieve into a non-stick pan.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, until you have a smooth paste. Set aside to cool.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Divide black sesame paste into 15 portions.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

For crystal kee chang:

  • Rinse sago pearls with hot boiling water, drain off the water.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Combine sugar, alkaline water, cooking oil and water, stir until sugar has dissolved. Add to sago gradually, mix until combined. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes, until water has been fully absorbed, stir 2-3 times in between soaking.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Divide soaked sago into 15 portions.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

Making Black Sesame Paste Crystal Kee Chang:

  • Rinse bamboo string with water (to prevent it from breaking easily).
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Fold 2 pieces of bamboo leaves into cup shape, put 1/2 portion of sago into cup, make a hole in the center, add in black sesame paste, top with the remaining sago to cover the filling completely.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Wrap the dumpling properly, then tie with bamboo string, trim off extra bamboo leaf with scissors.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Arrange dumplings in steamer rack.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Bring water of steamer to the boil, put in dumplings, steam over medium-high heat for 17 minutes. Off the heat, allow dumplings to stay for 10 minutes before taking out.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang
  • Set aside to cool down black sesame crystal kee chang completely before serving.
    Black Sesame Paste Sago Crystal Kee Chang

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Notes

This recipe yields 15 black sesame dumplings. 
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 black sesame dumpling.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
Keyword alkaline dumpling, black sesame crystal kee chang, black sesame dumplings
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