Brown Sugar Ciba Cake

Photos by Phoenix Zhang.

Ciba cake is a simple snack, made of glutinous rice and served with sweet sauce, that has always been one of my favorites. The classic recipe includes both wheat flour and glutinous rice flour, but I recreated it in a simpler way with just the glutinous rice flour. This version of the dish is softer and waxier, which I think makes it even more delicious.

Ingredients for the ciba

  • 30g brown sugar
  • 150g water
  • 160g glutinous rice flour 
  • 16g red bean paste
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions for the ciba

1. Mix the brown sugar with 20g of water.

2. Stir the glutinous rice flour into 130g of water.

3. When the mixture becomes a dough, separate into eight pieces. 

4. Add red bean paste to each piece of dough.

6. Fold each piece of dough into a sphere.

7. Put the dough balls in a frying pan with oil.

8. Flip them once one side turns gold.

9. Pour the brown sugar and water mixture over the dough while it’s frying.

10. Once both sides are gold, add sesame seeds.

Yields eight ciba cakes. Enjoy!