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Thai Rice Flour Muffins (Kanom Tui Fu)


This is the Thai version of muffins, they are made with rice flour, scented very gently with rose or other flower water and steamed rather than baked. To cook this you will need foil or paper cups, the dough mixture is runny and needs to be held in a cup during cooking. You can see from the pink muffin sliced in half in the picture above, that the mixture forms light moist muffins.

Ingredients for 4 Muffins
125 gms Rice Flour
125 gms Sugar
125 ml Rose Water
1 Teaspoon Fresh Yeast
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Food Colouring (Optional)

1. Mix the yeast with the rice flour, add the rose water little by little and mix until the flour is soft.
2. Add sugar, and the remaining rose water and the baking soda.
3. At this point you can add 5 drops of food colouring. Or even divide the mixture into sections and colour each section separately.
4. Stir the mixture well and place in a covered bowl, leave for 1-2 hours for bubbles to form.
5. The mixture should be thick but still fluid. Fill each paper or foil cup to just below the top, the mixture will expand during cooking.
6. Place in a Chinese steamer for 10 minutes. You can check they are cooked by sticking a tooth pick or fork into the centre and if it comes out clean it is cooked inside.
7. Serve cold.

Comments (2)


Where do you buy rose water? :)

Asian grocers, chinese shops or also arab and turkish shops sell it. You may also find it in major supermarkets among the ethnic food section.


Hello Appon,

I tried using paper cups for the muffins but they quickly lost their form in the steamer. The fluid muffin mixture almost ran out of the deformed cups.
So since I couldnt use them, I tried using plastic cups but the fluid muffin mixture just didnt get hard. It mostly stayed fluid :(

So since my first attempt failed, I want to ask for some advice before I try again.
Was the problem the plastic cups which I used after my paper cups lost their form?
Or is there something else I also have to consider?

Thanks in advance

Paper cups doubled up, sitting inside cups, or even inside foil cups or similar. I used a Chinese steamer, so I just jam them in against the edge.

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