Red yeast rice powder is used as natural colouring to make this hee pan. Red yeast rice is usually available at Chinese Medicine shop. Beetroot juice is not suitable for this recipe as its colour will fade when steamed over high heat for long period.
CHINESE VERSION: 天然红彩喜粄
Natural Red Hee Pan (Xi Ban) | MyKitchen101en
Yields: 12 pcs
- 180 g pandan infused hot water*
- 120 g sugar
- 1 tsp instant yeas
- 170 g glutinous rice flour
- 1 1/2 tsps red yeast rice powder**
- 3 tbsps corn oil (or other vegetable oil)
1 Prepare 12 pieces of round banana leaves (diameter = 9.5 cm), then coat with oil.
2 *Pandan infused hot water: Boil 250 g of water with 3 pcs of pandan leaves until you smell the pandan fragrance. Measure out 180 g of hot water. (Reminder: You may just use hot water if couldn’t get pandan leaf.)
3 Add sugar to pandan infused hot water, stir until fully dissolved, set aside to cool.
4 Add 1 tbsp of water to instant yeast, mix well.
5 Sieve together plain flour, glutinous rice flour and red yeast rice powder, mix well. (Reminder: **Red yeast rice is usually available at Chinese Medicine shop. Grind red yeast rice into fine powder using dry mill grinder and sift through before using. Keep unused portion refrigerated for storage.)
6 Add in cooled sugar syrup and instant yeast, mix into a dough with chopsticks. Add in corn oil, knead until well blended.
7 Divide dough into 12 portions (57 g each).
8 Coat palms with oil, shape dough into a ball, put onto a piece of banana leaf, press lightly with palms, then arrange in steamer racks.
9 Bring 500 ml of water to the boil in steamer, off the heat, then add in 1 Liter of plain water.
10 Put steamer racks over the warm water, cover and proof for 30 minutes. (Reminder: Bamboo steamer is suggested for steaming as it prevents condensation water from dripping onto hee pan).
11 After proofing for 30 minutes, turn to high heat until water is boiling (about 3 minutes), then reduce to medium heat and steam for another 12 minutes. When steaming is done, slightly open the lid to leave a gap, allow hee pan to cool for 5 minutes in the steamer before removing.
12 Set aside to cool completely before serving.