This is a hakka snack. For our hakka clan, we call this "Ki Ban". "Ki"- means "rise" and "Ban" means "kueh". So this is something like a "Huat Kueh" or "Fatt Koh". Some bakeries do sell this, but is labelled as "Ang Bao". However, it is not available most of the time.
For hakka, we usually buy this to pray to our ancestors. So last week I volunteered to make this for my mum for her praying during the "Qing Ming Jie". All went well except the colour.
Everything was done at my mum's place, except the dough starter. She had the rose pink powder form which I wasn't used to. As I hand kneaded the dough, the powder was not fully dissolved and as a result, we added more powder ... :( When I open the wok, I see RED instead of pink! Anyway, my mum was happy to see that the "Ki Ban" did "Rise"! For older generation, due to superstitious, if the "Ki Ban" never "Rise", it symbolises not bad luck but "BAD OMEN"!
I made another batch yesterday at my home. With the convenient of a mixer, the dough was ready in a very short time. This time I used the liquid rose pink, mixed together with the water before adding to the dough. And I was able to get the pink that I want. :) but not the shape! :( The whole process was very straight forward but I found it was not easy to round up into a pretty shape. Recipe over Aunty Yochana. Hers is so much prettier and smoother too.
Shaped dough waiting for steaming. (Next time must remember not to apply too much oil on the dough.)