Puah Kiam Ti Chang/ Nyonya Glutinous Rice Dumplings

June 16, 2011


We forgotten all about Dragon Boat Festival..until E asked her dad ...
Click.here to know and read more about the Dragon Boat Festival and glutinous rice dumplings. 

E~"Dad, is today the Dragon Boat Festival?"
E~"My friend who is doing her class assigment on China... said today is the Dragon Boat Festival"
H~ 'then it must be..'  isn't it obvious that he was clueless...
Then I chipped in ~ "isn't it time to make the Chang? Rice dumplings?"
We were a week late to feast on the dumplings... better late than missed out altogether, right?

We love Nyonya cooking hence we opt to make the Nyonya dumplings... It was our first attempt in making the dumplings, be it Nyonya or traditional dumplings...

Why Nyonya? Well... We have tasted the traditional dumplings when my Mom-in-law used to make them when she was still around...

There are vast differences between Nyonya dumplings and Traditional dumplings... from the glutinous rice preparation, colour and the filling...

Note~ Authentic Nyonya Dumplings uses pork belly... but I am using chicken instead.

Good wrapping makes the dumplings... if I may say so... Both of us were 'beginners' in wrapping...
H was 'fussy', he wanted the dumplings to have that '3 triangles'... I tried wrapping once, twice  ... then I gave up and let him do all the work...
First, I couldn't get my dumplings to have that characteristic, secondly... I don't know how to tie them up!! oh boy...its much easier to wrap Northern ketupat/ dumplings...*sigh*

H lamented ~ he should have learned the wrapping technique from his mom when she was still around..
Well... my dear~ you did an excellent job in wrapping all the dumplings and we did an excellent job in EATING!!!

Nyonya Glutinous Rice Dumplings

There are 4 parts to the recipe ~ Prepare the filling, prepare and steam the glutinous rice, wrap and steam again....please follow through the recipe... especially the 'Wrapping' on You Tube at the end  ~ that is the crucial part of the dumplings....

Puah Kiam Ti Chang/ Nyonya Glutinous Rice Dumplings

Recipe (adapted from Nonya Flavours)
Duo-coloured Glutinous Rice
500g glutinous rice flour
2 teaspoon blue colouring (or pea flower extract)
250ml coconut cream
1 tablespoon peppercorn- grounded
4 teaspoon coriander seeds - grounded
4 cloves of garlic - chopped
300g chicken thigh - cut into small cubes
100g candied winter melon - chopped
100g peanuts - roasted and pounded
salt to taste
Bamboo leaves and bamboo strings -soaked overnight
pandan leaves- cut into 3 inches strips

Preparing the Filling:
  1. Heat up the wok and saute the spices with garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken and stir until chicken is cooked.
  3. Season with salt.
  4. Add in chopped up candied wintermelon, continue to stir for few minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and put aside
  6. Add chopped peanuts when the mixture has cooled down.
Preparing Glutinous Rice
  1. Wash and divide into 150g and 350g.
  2. Soak both separately overnight. Add blue colouring or extract from pea flower (bunga telang) into the 150g glutinous rice
  3. Prepare steamer.
  4. line the steamer with muslin cloth and add the rice
  5. Steam for 50-60 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Stir in coconut cream
  7. steam for further 10 minutes.

To wrap... refer to the 'You Tube' by Globetrotter Diaries below :Note ~ with Nyonya Dumplings, follow in this order
  1. 1 tablespoon of white glutinous Rice
  2. 1 tablespoon of 'Blue' rice,
  3. 1 tablespoon of Filling ,
  4. 1 tablespoon of white rice, press them gently,
  5. place a slice of pandan leaf 
  6. wrap as per video above
  7. Steam for 20-30 minutes


  1. Absolutely in love with the blue color and the dumplings. Indeed worth the effort put !! Looks gorgeously delicious :)

  2. A lovely color. I really like the filling. Yummy!



  3. We just bought these as the Asian grocery store. We were so curious about what was inside! I had no real idea how they are made so thank you for the utube video. I'm actually going to show ours in a post today (if I get it finished!!). Going to vote for YOU now...

  4. Look so neat and nice, I am poor in wrapping .

  5. I love this nyonya dumplings, the colour combination is nice.

  6. Satrupa
    Thank you dear...Its my first making something blue ;)

  7. Rosa,
    The filling is quite unique and distinct in taste :)

  8. Sarah,
    Can't wait to read your post on dumplings... and excited to read what you think of it....
    awww... thank you dear for voting :D

  9. Sonia
    We are in the same boat... I am no good in wrapping either... trying to get that triangular shape is beyond me... ;)

  10. Amelia,
    the colour of Nyonya dumplings are vibrant... and it has a 'happy feeling' to it, dont you think so?

  11. Torviewtoronto
    Thank you dear :D

  12. Your hubby has good wrapping skills, very impressive. I'm smuggling in some bunga telang from Malacca this month end and will figure out which Nyonya kuih to make with them.

  13. Love the video, very educational :-). But it's SO complicated, oh my! I don't regret anymore not having bamboo leaves - I would not be able to make this wrappers anyway :-). But the dish looks delish!

    p.s. by the way, thanks so much for mentioning me on twitter :-)

  14. I like the duo-color of your chang!

  15. Cooking Rookie
    It is... if we are trying to wrap to have that shape..

  16. OMG. Your photos took my breath away!! Simply stunning Lisa!! The plates, the props, the bak Chang... So good looking altogether! I got myself some bunga telling sometime ago. Think I better use it soon - before it becomes another 'ricotta'. :p

  17. pickyin
    Thank you... I'll let him know :)

    I wish I could find the plant here..

  18. Sherie
    thank you... thank you my dear... puji banyak2 nanti kembang my bont*t...hehehe

  19. So cool with the video on wrapping...makes me want to try. I believe I still have some dried up bunga telang somewhere in the kitchen drawer(??)...thanks for post:)

  20. Love the blue there ;-)) Very chic!

  21. lina
    I would love to have some bunga telang...even dried ones will do... so desperado ;D

  22. I can't believe I missed this post! I have always been intrigue with nyonya dumplings with the pea flower coloring. What a beauty

  23. I didn't bother to make any chang this year as no one else in the family enjoys it as much as I do :( I love Nyonya chang, yours look perfect, triangle or no triangle.

  24. Shaz,
    ahhhh.... nevermind~ I am sure chang readily available at Asian grocer in Sydney... perhaps not the Nyonya's

    Thank you... :D

  25. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for submitting your gorgeous photo to DMBLGiT July 2011. Wishing you good luck !

  26. Did you plant your won bunga telang? I would like to have that plant for making nasi kerabu Terengganu.

  27. Lovely! Great vibrant colors -- I've never seen zhongzi like this. And videos are SO HELPFUL for the wrapping.

  28. Pepy
    Wow... I love nasi kerabu and can't wait to read your post on Nasi kerabu Terengganu :D

  29. Xioalu
    Nyonya Zhongzi originated from Malaysia... :)

  30. A great culture of malaysia. I have pinned it in my pinterest and weibo ^ ^