Recipe Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun, a traditional Cantonese dish, is a beloved staple in dim sum restaurants and street food stalls alike. This silky smooth rice noodle roll, often stuffed with savory fillings and served with a flavorful sauce, delights taste buds with its delicate texture and rich flavors. Here's how you can recreate this culinary delight at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Filling (Optional):

  • Char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), sliced thinly
  • Prawns, cooked and deveined
  • Scallions, julienned

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (for thickening)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Batter:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine rice flour, tapioca flour, salt, and water. Whisk until smooth.
    • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and lightly grease it with vegetable oil.
    • Pour a thin layer of the batter onto the pan and swirl to coat evenly. Cook for 2-3 minutes until set but still pliable. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  2. Assemble the Fillings (If Using):

    • Place desired fillings (char siu, prawns, scallions) on the cooked rice noodle sheets.
  3. Roll the Chee Cheong Fun:

    • Gently roll the rice noodle sheet with the fillings inside to form a tight cylinder. Repeat with the remaining sheets and fillings.
  4. Prepare the Sauce:

    • In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
    • Gradually add the cornstarch mixture while stirring continuously until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve:

    • Cut the rolled Chee Cheong Fun into bite-sized pieces.
    • Drizzle the sauce over the Chee Cheong Fun before serving.

Tips:

  • Keep the heat medium-low when cooking the rice noodle sheets to prevent them from becoming too crispy or tough.
  • Experiment with different fillings such as shredded chicken, mushrooms, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • You can customize the sauce according to your taste by adjusting the sweetness or saltiness to your liking.

Variations:

  • Steamed Chee Cheong Fun: Instead of pan-frying, you can steam the rice noodle sheets for a softer texture.
  • Fried Chee Cheong Fun: After rolling, you can deep-fry the Chee Cheong Fun for a crispy exterior.

Nutritional Information:

  • The calorie content of Chee Cheong Fun can vary depending on the fillings and amount of sauce used. On average, a serving of Chee Cheong Fun with sauce contains approximately 150-200 calories.

Conclusion:

Mastering the art of making Chee Cheong Fun at home opens up a world of culinary possibilities. With its soft, smooth texture and customizable fillings and sauce, it's a dish that can easily adapt to suit your preferences. Whether enjoyed as a comforting breakfast or a delightful snack, Chee Cheong Fun is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

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