Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pumpkin Steamed Cake(Fa Gao) 金瓜发糕

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Fa Gao is usually seen during Chinese New Year especially for praying. ‘Fa’(发), the Chinese word is synonymous with wealth and prosperity. It symbolise bringing good fortune. Fa Gao with orangey colour signify good luck! This steamed cake is not only nice to see but also nice to eat. Besides pumpkin, coconut milk, egg and palm sugar are added too. I would say is kind of nutritious and fragrant steamed cake.

Recipe adapted from 快乐厨房
(A) Starter
50g all-purpose flour
50ml water
1 teaspoon instead yeast

50ml water
90g palm sugar (gula melaka)

320g all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon double action baking powder

200g pumpkin puree (steamed and mashed)
100ml coconut milk
1 egg

1. Mix all the starter ingredients and set aside for ½ hour to rest.

2. Prepare palm sugar syrup by adding diced palm sugar into water. Bring to simmer till all sugar melt. Strain and leave to cool. 

3. In a mixer, put in cool palm sugar syrup, pumpkin puree, coconut milk and egg. Mix till well combine. Set aside.

4. In a big bowl, sift in all-purpose flour and double action baking powder. Make a well in the center.

5. Pour in palm sugar mixture from step 3 together with starter. Fold till well incorporated.

6. Pour batter into lined paper cups till 90% full. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

7. Bring water to rapid boil. Place the proof batter cups into steamer and steam at high heat for 15 minutes. 

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover

After all the marathon blog posting (almost every day !) is time to pack  and ‘Balik Kampung’. I will take a break for Chinese New Year celebration. 

Wishing all friends and readers a Great Prosperous Chinese New Year and Happy Holidays!


  1. Huat Ah! Huat Ah!

    Haha.. Vivian! CNY mood is in the air!!!

  2. Oh how wonderful, I've not come across steamed cakes before. I can imagine how light and fluffy it would make them. Love the ingredients too. Happy Chinese New Year.

  3. Gong Hay Fat Choi! Happy CNY to you too! Your pumpkin steam cakes are beautiful, light and fluffy. :) Wish you all the best in the new year of snake! ^^

  4. 黄金发糕,Huat啊!!


  5. Happy Chinese New Year! I love fa gao. I never tried making a pumpkin one. Thanks for posting.

  6. Hi Vivian..

    Your pumpkin steamed looks great, very beutiful

    Btw,could you explain about
    1 teaspoon instead yeast

    Instead yeast?

    1. thanks for highlight. Typo error. Should be instant yeast.

  7. This looks so golden and delicious! Love it!
    Wish you and your family Gong Xi Fa Cai!
    Enjoy and have fun!

  8. Hi Vivian, wishing you and your family Happy and Prosperous Lunar Year!

  9. Hai Vivian.. I like pumpkin steamed cake. tq sharing this recipe and Happy Chinese New Year! :)

  10. Hi Vivian, very nice Fa Gao. I bookmarked to do after CNY lol.. Happy CNY to you.

  11. i want to make this Vivian, i love steamed pumpkin cake :)
    thks for sharing!
    Happy Chinese New Year to u and family :)

  12. Happy Chinese New Year Vivian,
    Love the pumpkin steamed cake. It has very nice yellow color and looks so fluffy too...


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