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Chinese Steamed Rice Flour Cake

Just like the popular fortune cookies, the Chinese Steamed Rice Flour Cake popularly known as Haut Keuh, is a quick meal you should never miss while on a visit to China and its environs. Huat’ literally means ‘rise’ or ‘bloom’ in Chinese. Usually, this is in reference to prosperity, luck, and fortune. Therefore it is often referred to as ‘prosperity cake’ which is often made for special occasions such as Chinese New Year or as offering for prayers. As huat kueh signifies good luck and fortune, it is important to achieve the split top which resembles abundance. In the olden days, there were a lot of taboos associated with the preparation of this cake which includes no quarrelling in the kitchen, no unlucky words mentioned, no peeping into the steamers and so on. Here is how Haut Keuh is prepared: