After having all those Zhang, Papa still not satisfied. Bising(made noise) asking Mamarazzi to try Make Banh Tet pulak. Siap give Mamarazzi the link to a blog on how to make Banh Tet.
Banh Tet can be said is Zhang(dumpling) too. Vietnamese Zhang.
When Mamarazzi read, she was thinking "WHAT!! have to boil 6 hours!!??". And how to wrap and tie the "Zhang"
Well, since we were going to see Ah Mah the next day...what the heck...hentam try and make la.
Bought RM1 of Banana Leaves. Got home found that the leaves were not very wide .
Mistake number one : Must check the size of the Banana Leaves when buying.
Bought RM10 of Pork Belly. Marinated with fish sauce and pepper over night. If you don't take Pork for any reason, Mamarazzi thinks you can replace with other types of meat too. Just make sure there is a bit of fat in the meat so that it taste nicer
(screwpine)Juice. Lucky Ah Mah gave Mamarazzi a few packets of these the last time she came.
Next morning, throw away the excess water and soak the pulut with Coconut milk and salt.
Mistake Number two :Should have steamed it instead.
She had a hard time squeezing out the water as she put quite a lot of water to boil the Mung Beans coz she was afraid that the bean would be scorched.
Put 3 layers of Banana Leaves as per the blog. One layer of pulut, one layer of paste and the meat on top. the another layer of paste and another layer of pulut.
Mistake number three : Next time must Layur the Banana Leaves before using it so that it would not split/break easily. Can't find the translation for the word Layur in English. Basically it means to make the leaves wilt by pouring hot water over it, putting it over a fire or the easy method is to microwave it for a few seconds.
Done. This one is for me.
Sorry ya coz she ran out of Bamboo strings too. Had to use Raffia strings to tie. Had a real difficult time tying these up especially with the Banana Leaves kept breaking.
Die or no die...dumped three smaller Banh Tet into the rice cooker to cook and praying hard that they won't burst. Mamarazzi's rice cooker have the cooking porridge function. Just dump it in to boil for 6 hours and no need to monitor water level
Meanwhile the two gigantic Banh Tet were dump into a big pot and boiled using a stove. That one, she had to keep going into the kitchen to check the water level. Tedious but have to be done.
The next morning we travel to Ah Mah's house with loads of Zhang and Banh Tet.
Papa said the Banh Tet have to be pan fried to make it taste nicer. Can you see how the Banh Tet broke coz too much paste and not enough pulut.
Mistake number four : DON'T KIASU !!!
Hmmm... after pan fried...it looked not bad lah.
Me again ah?
So many people here. can ask others to be "White Mice" or not?
Everyone had a bit. Papa said the mung bean paste was not "creamy" enough. Mamarazzi thinks that it must be due to she boiled the beans instead of steaming them.
Ah Mah said nice. Not too salty and said want some Banh Tet the next time she comes to KL.
Ah Kung tasted some, and said next time steam the Mung bean and no need to make into paste. Just put on top of the pulut will do.
Mistake Number Five : Did not get a thick piece of meat.
Overall result, Mamarazzi thinks the end result is not that bad for a first timer lah...just pass by a hairline lah. Live and learn.