Grandma’s Home-made Nyonya Chang (dumpling)
That time of the year is approaching again with everyone busy making their own rice dumpling
and showing them off on Facebook. For the uninitiated ones such as me, we can only wish upon a star that some kind souls will be generous enough to give us some. Whenever we speak of rice dumplings, my memories will immediately be of my late Grandma’s home-made Nyonya Chang we fondly call Kueh Chang. I remembered when I was very young, maybe even younger than Ethan that we often look forward to her Kueh Chang. Her workmanship is so fine that I can’t find anyone else who can rival her as to date. Where ever we were, (we were based in Lumut, Perak then) she’ll travel by bus from Malacca with this big box filled with her signature Nyonya Bak Chang for us.
My late Grandma left us a year ago but she stopped making her famous rice dumplings many years before that due to her deteriorating health. I relied on my aunts for some fragrant and savoury Nyonya Chang after that as my Mom did not inherit the skill of making Nyonya Rice Dumplings :(
Nyonya Bak Chang
Nyonyas use bunga telang for the blue hue on the rice dumplings. We do not use food colourings for that.
There is also another version of rice dumplings that I love, the Kueh Chang Abu we call it.
Kueh Chang Abu
Best taken dipped in gula Melaka, this kueh chang abu is also saved, cut into smaller pieces and sun dried to be added into red bean dessert. I remembered how tedious it is to make this. Every single grain of beras has to be removed from the pulut or else it will form a ‘hard spot’ on the dumpling once cooked. I used to dislike doing that as it can be very tiring but now, I’ll do it a hundred times if it means I can get some of these dumplings :(
This is the time of the year I missed my late Grandma the most…
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