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Have you heard a sponge cake being steamed instead of baked? It is called as Ma lai go (Cantonese) or ma la gao (马拉糕, or sometimes 马来糕, Mandarin), the term ma lai can be referred to ‘Malay’. It is adopted by Cantonese cooking and originated in Malaysia which eventually made its way to Hong Kong. It is usually fluffy, sweet, and moist and has a honeycomb-like texture. The pattern of air bubbles was caused by the fermentation process.
On a side note, ma lai go is a steamed cake and not a baked cake. It is actually a fluffy brown sugar sponge cake made with a few ingredients like eggs, plain flour, baking powder, baking soda. But more than that, there’s also brown sugar, honey, custard powder, and evaporated milk. Besides, it is a popular Chinese dim sum dish. It is served and eaten when it’s steaming hot and super moist, springy, and fluffy! Sounds so good!!
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Ma lai gao has a truly unique flavor, texture, and appearance. The deep honey color and deliciously light caramel flavor come from the brown sugars and honey. The moistness and tenderness of the cake plus pair it with hot tea. What a good combination to have during tea-time. Grab yours now at www.sejadi.com for only RM7.70