Saturday, August 17, 2013
A favorite street snack in both Indonesia (kue wajik) and Malaysia (kuih wajik), this simple rice cake showcases the quality of its three main ingredients: sticky rice, coconut milk, and palm sugar. Made from the sweet sap of various types of palm tree, the color, flavor, and texture of palm sugars can vary enormously according to the trace minerals that remain after processing. Search for images of kue wajik and you'll see cakes that look golden, tan, rusty, or as if they've been doused in barbecue sauce, thanks to minimally refined palm sugars like gula melaka or gula jawa. Made with the paler, more processed palm sugar from a Seattle grocery, my kue a little anemic-looking--but still delicious.