Miniature oranges, star fruits, mangosteen, strawberry, apples, carrots etc
Lap Chup~ originated from Thailand... made of steamed split peas paste and shaped into miniature fruits and vegetables. Making Lap chup ~ is an art in itself; challenging one's skills and creativity... and most of all - one's patience!!!
Making the split peas paste is the easiest part... the hardest part is painting (I reckoned)... and dipping the fruits into agar-agar mixture ~ making sure it did not slide off the toothpick or colour run-off or uneven coat of agar-agar...
Miss E painting an apple... note how small Lap Chup is on her left hand!!
After dipping into agar-agar...Leave it to set on a toothpick
The very first time I had tasted Lap Chup, wasin late 1990's...It was a huge craze in Penang. Almost every Restaurant/ Eatery will sell these Lap Chup in a small packet of 8...
Needless to say.... one packet is never enough for me... ;)
250g split mung beans
200 ml coconut milk
colourings ~ red, green, yellow and blue
Soak the split mung beans for at least 1 hour. Prepare and line the steamer with a piece of white or muslin cloth and steam until its soft. Mash the beans into a smooth paste.
In a non-stick pan, dissloved the sugar in the coconut milk and add in the mushy mung beans paste. Cook on slow fire until it is well combine and form like a 'dough' and on the drier side. Leave it to cool.
Shape into miniature fruits or vegetables.
Insert toothpick and start colouring the fruits or vegetables.
13g agar-agar powder
400 ml water
1 tablespoon sugar
Dissolve sugar and agar-agar powder.
Dip the coloured fruits and leave it to set. Repeat for the second layer.