Layer by Layer

Ever since I tried Ida’s 9-layer Kueh Lapis which is really good – soft yet chewy texture, I’ve been wanting to make my own. I like to eat them layer by layer and love the light coconut fragrant.

I got all the ingredients ready but realise the wet market has run out of coconut milk! Well, I still went ahead using the packet coconut milk which is really a wrong move! For those who want to do it, Heng Guan will be another good alternative and it’s usually available in Sheng Siong, they put it together with toufu section. It’s still nice and chewy but the fragrant I remember is not there. I told myself I am sure going to do it once I get hold of fresh coconut milk. The recipe is relatively easy to prepare and I think the tedious part is to steam layer by layer which means 8 layers of 5 mins and the last layer of 10 mins – total 50 mins. Inclusive of 10 mins for preparation of ingredients, you need an hour.

The tin I use is 9 x 9 inch which explain why I could not get 9 layers, I got 6 layers instead. I din want to use too much coloring so I end up with pastel color which I’m happy with it 🙂  The recipe here is going to give you 900ml of liquid so divide by 3 portions (white and another 2 colors), you get 300ml each color so divide into 3 portions, you get 100ml each layer. Hope this will help those who is trying out this recipe.

I was over-excited and attempt to remove the kueh out from the tin, another wrong move so please leave the kueh in the tin till it’s completely cool before removing. I actually forgot to grease the tin but it turn out okay.

娘惹糕点 – 九层糕
Ingredients A:
210g sugar
150g water
6 pcs pandan leaves

Ingredients B:
50g rice flour
180g tapioca flour
480g coconut milk
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp Vanilla oil

1) Put Ingredients B into a mixing bowl and mix well
2) Mix Ingredients A and bring to boil. Pour into Ingredients B and mix well, strain.
3) Divide batter into 2 equal parts. Add red coloring in 1 part. Leave 1 part white
4) Heat up a 16 – 18 cm steaming tray, pour 100g of white mixture into the steaming tray and steam for 5 mins
5) Pour 100g of red mixture on top of the white layer and steam for 5 mins
6) Repeat until the last layer, steam for 10 mins
7) Remove, leave to cool completely before cutting into pieces.

Recipe adapted from 我的厨房笔记


With the year end coming, it’s time to get things organise! I have some bakewares to clear, buy at that moment but never get to use it, some of them are bought from overseas. And there is this whole box of Hello Kitty bakeware which I could not resist buying but also never get to use it or din want to use it, I have receive many enquiries asking if I am selling them, I’m sorry I don’t think so epecially some of them are no longer available in the market.

I will be getting a little break for a couple of days next mth, am definitely looking forward to it! The satisfaction came from fulfilling someone else wishes and nothing beats that. During that period, I will not have any internet connection which also mean it will be a really good rest, catching up on some reading, do some planning, thots and soul-searching!


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9 Responses to Layer by Layer

  1. me says:

    Hello my friend,
    How are you?
    Your Kueh looks so good 🙂

  2. ida says:

    alamak! i thot u read my post abt the disaster i got when i removed the kueh while still warm! LOL… i know u must be too exicted to want to try it.

    there’s no need to grease the tin, ‘coz it already contained too much cocnut milk. 🙂

  3. weng says:

    hi elyn.!
    I really admire all the pictures you take! Im blogging too. But I really dont know how to add texts/ title or edit my pictures. May I know what software u use?
    Hope you can share.. Hehe.. Im a beginner..

  4. Elyn says:

    Hi me! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

    Hi Ida, that is the result of not being an obedient child, never read instruction carefully before attempting.

    Hi Weng, thanks for your kind words. I’m using Photoshop Elements to add in the text 🙂

  5. ovenhaven says:

    This is one of my favourite kuehs that my mom loves to make. I don’t have the tenacity to make it though, with all the layerings 😛 Yours turned out pretty!

  6. A says:

    Yummy! Maybe I should try the recipe this weekend.

    By the way, the mooncake moulds arrived 2 weeks ago and I’ve been too busy with work to leave you a message here and a big Thank You! 🙂

  7. P. says:

    Hey E ~ I’m currently studying abroad. Whenever I miss Singapore all I to do is come here and I always feel so much better. Thanks!

    P.S Your blog is beautifull

  8. Elyn says:

    Hi ovenhaven, this recipe is good, do give it a try, at least once!

    Hi A, give it a try!

    Hi P, thanks for dropping by & kind words 🙂

  9. reena says:

    I must remind myself not to be too impatient when I make this. Have been procrastinating making this for the longest time! Will definitely try this one day.

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