Monday, June 16, 2014

Ramie Leaf

This Ramie plant grows very easily. I have planted it successfully by just cutting a branch and sticking it into the ground. It will grow on its own without needing much care.

Close up of Ramie leaves

Hakka Chu Yap Ban (粗叶粄) - MYR5 (tea time price) at Ying Ker Lou. 

Chu Yap Ban is made from glutinous rice flour and Ramie Leaves (粗叶). Ramie leaves give it the almost-black colour.

The fillings are made from preserved radish. The glutinous "skin" is sweet whereas the fillings taste savoury but when eaten together, the resulting taste leans towards sweet.

14 comments:

  1. Feel shame to say I don't know what's this lo!!

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    1. No need to feel shame. So much info out there of course we cannot know everything. Just live and learn.

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  2. This is something new to me, never seen this before.

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    1. This is a hakka kueh, I believe.

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  3. This is the first time I see such dumpling.. At first and a very glance, it looks like a beetle, haha..

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    1. Ya hor, looks like a big beetle.

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  4. What else can the Ramie leaves be used for? I always like things which are easy to grow and can EAT one. :)

    Hmm the dumpling, there are those with 'choy poh' filling usually sold side by side with those with turnip filling. They don't have banana leaf wrapping though. Wonder if it's the same thing.

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    1. If the glutinous skin is almost dark colour, yes I think is the sams thing. I found online some online china websites sell ramie leaves extract as some kind of herbal medicine but I do not know much about that.

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    1. Ramie leaf is known as chu yap (Coarse leaves) in hakka. Use to make chu yap ban kueh and some online china website sells ramie leaves extract for some medicinal uses but I am not sure what it is for.

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    2. Dunno whether you will like it or not.

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  6. I know this leaves can make into delicious kuih. I think I watch in AhXian's show.

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    1. I like to watch Ah Xian's show too.

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