Chinese Dessert – Fried Sesame Custard Strips

I tried this Chinese dessert for my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner.  It’s quite cheap to make and quick to throw together.  It also doesn’t leave a lot of dishes!

Personally, I would have preferred it a bit sweeter or more ‘custardy’ but everyone else loved it, saying it’s the strangest kind of delicious.

VARIATIONS:

Next time I’ll use a tablespoon more castor sugar.

I dredged my strips in custard powder, which turned out great.

If your custard doesn’t set enough to slice, use a teaspoon to create balls/lumps.

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 to 4 cups oil for deep-frying
Preparation:

Toast sesame seeds in dry pan in oven until light brown, about 20 minutes. Cool. Mix with icing sugar. Set aside.

Mix flour with castor sugar in bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of water. Add beaten eggs. Mix until smooth.

Pour 1 cup water into saucepan. Bring to boil. Add flour mixture. Stir vigorously over moderate heat until it thickens. WARNING:  It thickens very quickly!!! Add vanilla. Stir well.

Pour mixture into greased Pyrex dish. Pat with hand to 1/2-inch thickness. Cool in refrigerator.

Cut in strips 1 1/2-inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Dredge strips with cornstarch. Heat oil to moderately hot. Fry strips, a few at a time, 3 minutes or until light brown. Lift out with strainer as soon as they get brown. Remove to serving plate.

Sprinkle with sesame seed mixture. Serve hot.

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