Friday, 23 November 2012

Yam Paste with Ginkgo Nuts

Yam Paste with Ginkgo Nuts is often seen in an exquisite 10 course Chinese dinner menu. Garnished with coconut milk, it has a creamy consistency with rich coconut milk flavor. It's so delicious that whenever I attend a wedding dinner, I can easily finish 2 servings of this dessert even though it is served at mid-night!

To relieve cravings for such high calorie food,  the only way is to make it a slighly healthy version myself. After much reserach and several trials,  I developed my own simple, healthy,  yummy yam paste recipe. Share with you, let's enjoy together.



- Yam (~800g-1kg )
- ½ cup of olive oil (replace pork lard, I did not fry shallot in oil as it tastes the same to me)
- ½ cup of sugar (reduced sugar)
- ½ cup of water (optional, depends on your liking of texture)
- ½ cup coconut milk


- Ginkgo nuts
- Coconut milk

  1. Remove yam skin and cut into small cubes. 
  2. Steam for about 30-40 mins until soft. Test with a chopstick, if can stick through,then it's ready.
  3. Remove from the steamer, mash with a spatula or folk until smooth.
  4. Fold in sugar while warm, mix well (more sugar may be added to suit your liking).

  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium fire, add in 1/4 cup olive oil.  
  6. Add in mashed yam, and stir with wooden spatula gently. You can see yam absorb the oil quickly. Add in more oil and continue stir until the yam and oil are well combined. 
  7. Add in water and coconut milk, keep stirring it till yam paste becomes smooth consistency and turn slightly purplish. Add in more water or coconut milk, if necessary,  to suit your liking of texture and taste.
  8. Remove from the heat. Garnish with ginkgo nuts and coconut milk. Serve warm.
  9. Keep the remaining in the refrigerator. Heat up with microwave when serve.


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