Chai Kwe / Chives Parcels

November 27, 2012
Homemade traditional Chai Kwe / Chives Parcels recipe. Savoury bites goes well with sweet chilli sauce.

Chives Parcels recipe.

From my Perspective...
I have been waiting and pictured this 'Day'... ever since my son was in Year 1... of how life would be... when he reached the end of his 'Schooling' days...
Yes...His school days has just ended... with him and his peers attended their Graduation Day (last Saturday). As I sat among other parents, listened to the speeches by invited guest, Mrs Principal and Mr Year Co-Ordinator, looking at my boy sitting on the stage in his 'graduation' gown... I had a lump in my throat and was close to tears... My son is no longer that small boy who cling on to his mommy's hand, on to his mommy's every word...
He soon will enter another phase of his life, embark onto another journey called 'Adulthood'. 
And I?... I have to learn to let go....

From his perspective:
After nearly more than 12 years (would be nearly 16 years if counting his play school, and kindy...) of studying, going through the exams, the ups and downs and the near misses results, braving the stormy weather as well as the scorching hot Perth sun... he is finally done with school!!
21st of November 2012... was a New Day for him... woke up more homework, no more EXAMS!!! Hurray!!!! or was it? 
...possible feeling a little Lost!!
ingredients for chives parcels

While waiting for another 'Wheel of Motion' to take place... I am taking this opportunity to give him lessons in 'Basic Life Skills' ~helping out with house chores and cooking...
Should he decides to fly away from his nest...then I'd know that he can always take care of himself well (and not survive on miso soup and rice everyday!!!)... just like my late Mother-in-law trained her eldest son (H)... am so grateful and thankful to her. 

Gluten free chives parcels

Without her training... getting H to help out in the kitchen, when he was a lad, H wouldn't have a clue how to make this lovely Chai Kwe or Chives Parcels...Thank you, Mummy 

Lisa H.xox


Chai Kwe/ Chives Parcels Recipe 

~ courtesy from my late Mother-in-Law

(makes about 20)
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300g wheat starch
200g tapioca flour
A pinch of salt
600-700ml hot boiling water

Garlic Oil
5 cloves of garlic chopped
3 tablespoon of canola oil

Chives filling
2 bunches of chives – washed and chopped
10-15 cooked prawns – chopped
Salt and white pepper

Cabbage filling
¼ of cabbage – finely cut
2 carrots – julienne
2 chopped garlic
2 tablespoon dried prawns – soaked and chopped
Salt and white pepper

Making the dough
  1. In a heat proof container, sieve the wheat starch and tapioca flour, add some salt. 
  2. Using a wooden spatula, gently pour in 200 ml of hot water, stir. 
  3. Repeat the process with the remaining hot water. 
  4. By now, the dough would be just combine… 
  5. Please Note: we are using hot water.. and we don’t want our delicate hand to be scorched, do transfer the dough into a cake/dough mixer and carry on mixing until its is well mix… the dough should not be too hard nor soft
  6. Adjust the water accordingly. 
  7. Cover with damp cloth and put it aside.
Garlic oil
  1. Heat up the oil in a frypan and sauté the chopped garlic until its aromatic and golden in colour.
  2. Transfer the golden fried garlic and the garlic oil into a heatproof bowl
Chives Filling
  1. Mix chopped chives and prawns and season with salt and white pepper
Cabbage filling
  1. Heat up the oil in a frypan and sauté the chopped garlic until its aromatic. 
  2. Add in chopped dried prawns and stir for 2 minutes, then add cabbage and carrots. 
  3. Keep stirring for another 5 minutes. 
  4. Season with salt and white pepper. 
  5. Keep aside to cool.
  1. Roll out the dough into 2mm to 3 mm thickness. 
  2. Using a round cookie cutter, gently cut the dough. 
  3. Fill each disc with 1-2 teaspoon of chives mixture (or cabbage mixture). 
  4. Crimp the edges.
  5. Place dumplings on a greased tray (or banana leaf ~ if you can find one) and steam for 15 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove from steamer and drizzle each dumpling with golden fried garlic and garlic oil. 
  7. Serve immediately with hot chilli sauce or Sriracha.


  1. I loves eating this and though I have made this before, oh, the rolling, cutting the dough, filling and wrapping, folding so tiring doing it all by myself. Tapi..... makan very fast finished! You made yours so beautiful .... with beautiful photos too.

    1. I know the feeling Mel, to make something seems to take forever... but makan? tup ..habis :) in a blink

  2. It's kind of funny - on one hand, I want my 3 kids to grow up, have a good education and be on their own; but on the other hand, I would not want that day to come so fast! I want to enjoy this period when they are Daddy's little girls and boy hanging on to me dearly.

    BTW, very elegant chives timsum you have there!

    1. You described the feeling of every parents well... :(... we can't wait for them to grow and yet we want them to stay small forever ... dilemma ;P

  3. Delicious looking! What wonderful flavors. I love dim sums.



  4. awww.. letting go doesn't mean he's any less your baby.. it just means having more time with H ^^ can't believe your hubby can/made this??? i'm in awe! ^^ your mil is really wonderful! and so are you, super mom lisa!

    1. You are absolutely right... they will always be our baby... no matter how old they are :)
      My MIL was an excellent cook :) miss her cooking :(

  5. Lovely post! I really love chives parcels and was craving for them last week so made them too!

  6. I love chai kwe and I going to add this on my list. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Congratulations mummy! Kids...when they are little, we wait for them to grow up , when they are older, we realise time flies! *sigh*...Good for you teaching son 'Basic life skills'. He will thank you for doing this when he hosts his first dinner for the cooking-clueless uni mates:-). I'm going to follow the precious recipe for chye kwe from your m-in-law as i am clueless on this dish. Thank you for sharing :-)

    1. My pleasure to share Lina..
      By them growing up... can only mean 1 thing too~ we are getting OLD :)

  8. Chive dumpling is one of the dim sum I love, but have yet to try serving it with fried garlic. Thanks for sharing.
    Wish you to enjoy another phase of life : ).

  9. Today this is my 2nd time seeing Chai kueh, i am lazy to make this recently, pass me few please..

  10. Hi Lisa, so cute and delectable. I need at least half a dozen, please! LOL

    Have a nice week ahead.

    1. LOL... this woman know how many she wants...hehehe
      You have a good weekend too Amelia :)

  11. LISAAAAAA... Do you know how much I love eating these chive dumplings?? It's recipes like these that make me love love love visiting your blog everytime. You captivate me with your stories and strike a chord in me that brings back all my childhood memories while making me salivate at the same time. I've bookmarked this to make for all my friends and I next time. Am sure they will all enjoy these very much and we all have you to thank. Thanks for sharing such a precious recipe by your late MIL! Very sweet and generous of you both to share =)

    1. WINSTONNNNN....thank you :)

      Its marvellous to hear that my ramblings did strike a cord in the younger readers like yourself... I feel like mak nenek sometimes...telling the same tale over and over again ;P

  12. Absolutely beautifully written and what a gorgeous recipe. I am bookmarking it. I also wish to say every time I visit it is so refreshing your writing, recipes and that beautiful banner on top of the site.

    1. awww.. Shulie, Thanks for your words of encouragement :D

  13. Congratulationes to your boy and to you :) tine passes so fast...

  14. I can still remember that last day of school but never stopped to think about how my parents felt about it. Congratulations to your son. Your post is so beautiful! The recipe sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!:)

  15. A lovely and sweet post, Lisa. No more exams...CONGRATULATIONS!
    These chive dumplings are 5-star quality!

  16. These look lovely!! Congratulations for your son!!