You can never go wrong with green tea. Some people love drinking green tea straight-up, some enjoy eating it in different ways. There are many culinary traditions involving green tea. I’m quite obsessed with green tea flavored things, and I personally like green tea rice cake with red bean the best.
This wonderful traditional dessert is made with powdered sweet rice and green tea, and filled with red beans. It’s soft, slightly sweet, and chewy. It has a very similar taste of Chinese New Year cake, known in Mandarin as “Nian Gao (“higher year”), which is another delicious sweet sticky rice dessert that I love.
Green Tea Rice Cake with Red Bean
- Prep time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Serving Size: 3
- 1 cup of sweet rice powder or glutinous rice flour
- 1 tsp of green tea powder
- 2 tbsps of sugar
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 tbsps of oil
- 1/2 cup of sweet bean jam
- 1 tsp of coconut powder
Step by step
- Pour glutinous rice flour into a bowl. Add green tea powder, sugar, oil and water into the bowl.
- Mix well until there are no dry lumps. Make a big green tea dough and steam the dough (leaving in the bowl) in a steamer for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
Take sweet red bean jam and make several balls. Get prepared.
- Divide the green tea dough into 4 equal pieces. Press one piece from the middle and stretch carefully to form a flat round with thinner edges than the middle. Place a red bean jam ball in the middle of the green tea dough round. Wrap dough around the filling and seal the opening with a tight pinch. Try to shape dough into a smooth round ball. Place the ball on a platter. Repeat with the rest of green tea doughs. Spread the desiccated coconut out on the platter and roll the rice cake balls. Let them cool before serving.