So, it’s definitely not pudding. Put zai go is sort of like if I could make you a cake with gelatin, but have it be firm enough to have good bite and chewy and stretchy enough to offer you a little give and take.

That’s not the best description, I know. But I think it’s worth trying just because it’s such a different recipe. Put zai go (more like “boot jai go”) is a very popular Cantonese treat, which used to be sold from carts. For convenience, vendors would stick wooden skewers into them, so that they could be carried around easily.

This is a pretty simple recipe, but the proportions have to be pretty exact, so make sure you measure. The big thing to note is rice flour gives your pudding structure, but it’s what can make your pudding too hard if too much is used. Starches give your pudding that nice stretch and softness, but too much of it makes the pudding gummy.

It’s obviously personal preference how exactly you like your put zai go and if you choose to make this recipe again, the amounts of flour and starches can be tinkered to get the deserved stretch and bite.

Directions

1. Preheat steamer and greasing pudding cups with oil. Place cups into steamer.

2. In a pot over medium high heat, melt sugar and water together. Set aside.

3. Combine rice flour, wheat starch and coconut milk into a smooth paste.

4. Slowly whisk in sugar mixture.

5. Put mixture into a spouted cup for easy pouring. After steamer is heated for 2-3 minutes, pour mixture into the preheated pudding cups.

6. Add in beans.

7. Steam for 15-20 minutes.

8. Let pudding cakes cool for about 2 hours before serving.

Ingredients

(Makes 3 pudding cakes)

  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 5 teaspoons wheat starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons azuki or green beans, cooked
  • oil, for greasing cups