Sunday 22 March 2015

Banana Hoon Kueh (Pisang Hoon Kueh)

Here's the close-up ...
see the bananas ... yummy
I remember when I was a kid, my late mom used to make lots of kuihs or kuehs. Usually steamed, cooked or fried types. It was much later, probably when I was a teenager, I got to enjoy her baked cakes when one of my older sisters bought her an oven. How could I forget ... my mom's signature pandan chiffon cake where she would pound the pandan leaves in mortar and pestel to make the pandan juice. And the Indonesia Lapis Legit. (BTW, both my late parents were Indonesian Chinese migrants settled in Singapore during World War II in the 1940s. They had a distant relative whom Peranakan, probably the influence of some Nyonya kuihs that my late mom had picked up in those years).

As a kid, all I knew was to eat and to enjoy whatever desserts or kuehs she'd made ... but these are the few names I could remember : Kuih Seri Muka, Kueh Jagung, Pisang Hoon Kueh, Tapioca Kueh, Kuih Dadar, Sweet Potato Ondeh Ondeh, Goreng Pisang, Kuih Lapis etc.
Savoury types : Steamed yam cake, traditional dumplings etc.

As these traditional kuehs are easily available, I hardly make them.  But recently I've made a few ... to reminisce about my late mom's cooking and some fond childhood memories :
Kueh Jagung
Kuih Seri Muka
Steamed Tapioca Kueh
Pumpkin ondeh-ondeh

A variation using the recipe of Kueh Jagung ... So here's some Pisang Hoon Kueh for the family.

Banana Hoon Kueh (Pisang Hoon Kueh)
2 medium-sized ripe bananas, thinly sliced
50g Hoon Kueh Powder
100ml coconut milk
35g or 3 tablespoons white sugar (adjust the sweetness to your preference)
250ml water
Pinch of salt
2 pieces of pandan leaves (about 6 inch length)

Method :
1. In a pot, mix the Hoon Kueh powder, sugar, coconut milk, water and stir or whisk it lightly till dissolved and smooth.

2. Cook with low flame, add in the salt and pandan leaves and stir the mixture continuously till it is slightly thickened (about 3 minutes). Bring to a boil and add in the sliced bananas, off the flame. Give a few more stirring. The mixture should be thick, but still quite smooth and runny. Discard the pandan leaves.

3. Pour the mixture into a container and spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
*you could also wrap it with banana leaves.

4. Leave it to cool then chill in the fridge for a few hours. Served cold.

Having my Pisang Hoon Kueh with
a cup of freshly brew tea latte! 

Boy : Taste very nice. Like the Kuih Jagung you made. Like the texture. .. just right ... not too hard or soft, nice with bananas.

Mom : Yes, I reduced slightly on the Hoon Kueh powder and sugar.

Well, enjoying our weekend afternoon snack ^-^!

Have a sweet weekend :D

I'm submitting this post to Best Recipes for Everyone March 2015 Event Theme: My Favourite Traditional Kueh organized by Fion of  XuanHom’s Mom and co-hosted by Joceline - Butter, Flour & Me.



This post is linked to the event; Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, hosted by
 Faeez from BitterSweetSpicy for March 2015 theme - BANANA


  1. Hi Karen. Thanks for bringing back the memory! This is so wonderful. Yes! Yes! This is my childhood kueh keuh. I came from Penang and my mum is half Peranakan. My siblings and I had tasted many authenthic Peranakan dishes. But sad that none of us inherited the recipe as we didn't know how to appreciate cooking when younger.

    1. Hi Amy, you're welcome ... glad that it brings some fond memories to you too. Yes, I also kinda regret didn't inherit those yummy recipes from my late mom.

  2. Karen, you banana hoon kueh reminds me of a Malay kueh called Lepat Pisang. The kueh is wrapped in bananas leaves and steamed. Your banana hoon kueh looks good to me and how I wish I could eat one!

    1. Phong Hong,
      Thanks. I've not tried the steamed ones .... think I could checkout the Malay food stalls.

  3. hello karen。滑嫩的 hoon khew kuih。很棒。。
    我之前也 try 了 sweet corn hoon khew kuih。

    1. You're welcome Joceline. Thank you for being the host to the event too ...
      All your everyday kuehs kuehs are so yummy ...

  4. Hi Karen,
    Your banana hoon kueh looks yummy! I, too, have always wanted to try at making more traditional kuihs, I told myself I must make at least one kuih a month this year, but so far....nothing yet! :(

    1. Hee hee... Joyce, you have lots of other yummy bakes that keep you busy. This banana hoon kueh is pretty easy to make. Will lookout for your delicious kueh.

  5. Hi Karen, I remember I had this hoon kueh pisang wrapped in banana leaf when I was a kid. Seldom make at this home. Yours definitely looks good, smooth and yummy!

    1. Thanks Ann. Yes, supposed to wrap in banana leaf but I didn't get it in time ....

  6. Hi Karen,

    This is one of my fav kueh when I was young and I always helped my grandma washing many banana leaves to wrap these kueh in them....

    Seeing yours, I'm missing the good old times that I had.


    1. Hi Zoe,
      Ya, me too ... missed those good old times having fun "playing" in the kitchen....

  7. Hi karen, i think i never try this kueh before...Would you like share with me ? ;)

  8. I never try too,with pisang,sure very yummy!

  9. May I know what Hoon Kueh Powder is? Thanks.

    1. Hi Elajr,
      Hoon Kueh powder is also known as Mung Bean or Green Bean Flour, easily available in supermarkets or Asian groceries shops.

  10. ..thanks fr the recipe. Have made it into a Jelly Dessert Bowl and will slice up to serve.


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