Sweet Rice Cake with Mango Custard Topping

The past week has been really exciting for Roti and me. I gave Roti a more updated look with a new banner and new comment system and moved some of her ‘real estate’ around. Thanks to Foodbuzz, I am now a Featured Publisher.

On Wednesday, I was given the great honor of doing a guest post for Mary Moh at her ever popular blog Keep Learning Keep Smiling. To top that, the main post picture was accepted by TasteSpotting and we had visitors from all over, including from Facebook and Twitter. I am humbled by your response. Many left lovely comments at Mary’s blog as well as over here. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without you and my dear family for continuing to cheer me on.

I also want to thank Denise of Quickies on the Dinner Table for sharing these awards with me. Like Mary, I met Denise through blogging and we have become friends even though we have never met. She is witty and charming and her blog is a delight to read. If you have not already done so, I hope you will visit her blog soon.

The guest post I did for Mary was a crepe or quesadilla using luscious brie cheese. It makes a healthy and delicious breakfast but I do realized that some moms out there may not appreciate cheese as they did not grow up with it. Today’s recipe is based on a classic Nyonya dessert known as Gading Galoh. The original recipe has a layer of sweet glutinous rice topped with an egg custard. I have modified the custard to include mango puree to give it a slightly tangy taste which goes wonderfully with the sticky rice layer. The mango custard layer will be softer and not as smooth as the regular egg custard layer because of the mango puree. It will require refrigeration for it to set.

Sweet Rice Cake with Mango Custard Topping

Sweet Rice Layer
1 cup glutinous (sweet) rice, soaked for at least 4 hours
⅔ cup coconut milk (If using canned coconut milk, mix ⅓ cup water to ⅓ cup coconut milk)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

Mango Custard Layer
⅔ cup mango puree (from 1 mango)
1 large egg
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp rice flour
¼ cup coconut milk

In an 7″x5″ rectangle oven proof Pyrex glass dish, combine drained glutinous rice, coconut milk, salt and vanilla essence. Steam for 15 minutes over high heat. Fluff rice with a fork, and continue to steam for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Using plastic cling wrap, press rice in the pan to form a compact layer. Set aside.

Whisk egg, sugar and flour in a bowl. Strain mixture into another bowl. Stir in coconut milk and mango puree. Pour custard over glutinous rice layer. Cover cake pan with aluminum foil to prevent water from dripping onto custard during steaming. Steam over low to medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to steam for another 5 minutes. Remove and allow cake to cool. Place in fridge for 3 to 4 hours for custard to set. Slice and serve chilled.

Note: I used a 7″x5″ rectangle dish but if that is not available, you can use a regular 8″ cake pan. Increase the glutinous rice layer and mango custard layer recipe as follows:

Sweet Rice Layer
1½ cups glutinous (sweet) rice, soaked for at least 4 hours
1 cup coconut milk (If using canned coconut milk, mix ½ cup water to ½ cup coconut milk)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence

Mango Custard Layer
1⅓ cup mango puree (from 2 mangoes)
2 large eggs
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp rice flour
½ cup coconut milk

Wishing all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!

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  1. bunkycooks says

    Congrats on the great week you have had! :) These rice cakes must be really yummy with the mango puree.

  2. Cristina says

    Biren: Congratulations on becoming a FP on FB and your awards from Denise! It's been a fast week and I'm sure you're ready for a great weekend. Your sweet rice cake presentation on that gorgeous plate is beautiful!

  3. denise fletcher says

    What a lovely dessert Biren – this is one of my mum's very favourite sweet treats though we've never tried it with mango. It is a very nice departure from the norm and the colour is so vibrant and inviting!

  4. the lacquer spoon says

    Indeed, I got to know your blog on Mary's :) and this time, thanks for sharing your beautiful sweets!

  5. rotinrice says

    Thanks Denise! I make it often without the mango but decided to get a little creative this time 😉

  6. Lazaro says

    That is gorgeous. What lovely presentation. I have just recently found your blog and I can tell you it is one of the better ones I have come across.

    You are a talented & inventive cook. Well deserved all your awards.


  7. 5starfoodie says

    A beautiful presentation on the plate and I love the idea of the mango custard topping, yum!

  8. MaryMoh says

    Biren, it has been awesome ….your guest post is liked by so many people. Congrats!! Thanks very much again for such a lovely post!

    This sweet rice is quite like seri muka…my favourite. I love the mango layer. I can just have this for lunch and dinner 😀 Miss this kuih. I have to make some time.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  9. pigpigscorner says

    Congrats on all of that! What a great week! I love Nyonya kuih but have never tried this with mango custard topping. Sounds like an amazing combo!

  10. Mary says

    Biren, your rice cakes look wonderful. The mango layer is inspired and makes the cakes look so interesting. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  11. rotinrice says

    Thanks Natasha! The mango topping is partly inspired by the Thai dessert of cut mangoes eaten with sticky rice.

  12. rotinrice says

    Mary, it was exciting! Thank you so much for asking me to do the guest post. I met a lot of new friends coming from your blog :) :) :)

    Those are such delicious desserts! Unfortunately can't take the easy way out and buy them here. Have to make them myself.

    A very Happy Mother's Day to you as well!

  13. Jay says

    Hy Biren,

    Congrats dear on your well deserved awards…and many more are there in your way…!

    Happy Mother's day….ane the pics are absolutely brilliant and stunning dear. Loved the recepe.

  14. tigerfish says

    Usually when I crave for such Nyonya (or Malay) kuehs, I would head towards a specialty store and select a few variety…cos' I don't know how to make them at home :O

  15. Jessie says

    Congrats on the awards!! Any person to whom the wonderful Denise would give an award is a winner in my book :) Your sweet rice cake with mango looks so good, like the perfect combination of tastes and textures!

    (I love your new banner BTW :) )

  16. leaannbrown says

    This is such an interesting recipe. Love that mango custard on top. Gotta give this a try. Beautiful photos, congrats on the awards and the tastespotting acceptance.

  17. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Congrats on the awards Biren! I adore Denise! Also congrats on becoming a featured publisher! Love the new look on your page. Looking at all that delicious food makes me hungry.
    Your sweet rice cake sounds so delightful. I think I've actually had something like that and it was delicious. I love how it's not overly too sweet like a lot of other desserts out there. And what a beautiful presentation too Biren. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's day with your family. With all this deliciousness that you share with them you, definitely deserve a super lovely Mother's day. Hope you enjoy your weekend. Happy Mother's Day tomorrow Biren!

  18. love2cook says

    Congratz on everything Dear! 😉

    I just loved ur dish! The sweet rice cake with mango topping is simply irresistible! Happy Mother's Day! 😉

  19. sweetlife says

    congrats on your great week, your guest post was awesome, I love the mango topping on this, great pictures…love the new banner


  20. Reeni says

    That is so beautiful on the plate! And so irresistible. Congrats on all the good things that are happening! Love your new banner.

  21. Elin says

    Your sweet cake with mango pudding topping looks great. I would love to try this out and thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  22. rotinrice says

    Thanks LeQuan! I try to use as little sugar as possible in my desserts as I do not like it too sweet. I normally halve the sugar for most recipes and I think it is already pretty sweet.

    • Mary Joy says

      Hi, Biren! I am so glad that I found you! Your rice cake recipes are great. We, Filipinos, love to eat cooked glutinous rice or “malagkit”. I will certainly try to cook your recipes. I really hope I’ll get them right.
      Thank you for sharing your recipes.

      • Biren says

        Hi Mary Joy! Thanks for visiting and commenting. :) Yes, we do use glutinous rice quite a bit in our desserts. I am glad you found something that interest you on the blog. Do let me know how it turned out.

  23. Norah says

    wow! what a great take on Mango Rice, which is one of my most favorite desserts!! I must try this soon.

  24. says

    Oh hey! OMG! Here I was thinking I was being so creative with my mango “jelut” and was looking through the web to see if there were any other different ways of presenting this dish and here you are! Maybe I should say, “great nyonya minds, think alike” eh? :)
    And you’ve even cut it into the traditional diamond shapes. Nice!

    • Biren says

      I made this sometime back when the blog was relatively new. I should make it again soon as there are still lots of mangoes in the stores and update the post and pictures. Mango is a favorite of mine and I use it quite a bit in my cooking. :) Yours look wonderful as well. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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