Steamed Pandan Layer Kueh Ubi Bingka/ Layered Pandan Cassava Cake- Recipe

I love kueh. Whenever I go to Malaysia to see family, or manage to find it in Chinatown, I eat silly amounts of the stuff. Of course- as you might have guessed if you've been following me for a while- one of the things that appeals to me about kueh is the bright colours it often comes in! But I also love the wonderful fragrant, not-too-sweet flavour and soft texture.

There are several different types of 'kueh' (Malay for 'cake'); they usually include coconut milk and sugar somewhere in the recipe, and often have a pleasantly chewy, custard-like mouthfeel. This is my recipe for a layered and steamed cassava kueh (although it can be baked, too- but if you want colourful layers, steaming is less of a pain in the arse because it's quicker). Here I've used the largest bamboo steamer I could find at the time I bought it.


- 1 packet frozen grated cassava, thawed (about 500g- the packet I had was just under)
- 1/2 tin coconut milk
- 1/2 tin condensed milk
- 4tbsp caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1tsp pandan paste* (for the green layer- you could substitute with vanilla and green food colouring)


1) Butter a 20cm square baking tin- remember kueh is sticky, so be generous.

2) Empty your cassava into a bowl: it won't look as wet as mine here (see the end of this post for my mini-fail**).

3) Whisk in the coconut and condensed milk, egg and sugar.

4) Pour half the mixture into another bowl, and whisk in the pandan paste.

5) Half-fill a large wok or saucepan with water and heat until simmering. Now place your steamer on top (making sure the water doesn't touch the bottom- if so, pour some out), and place your baking tin in the steamer.

6) Pour the green pandan mixture in first as the bottom layer, cover with the steamer lid and steam for about 20mins or until the layer is firm.

7) Now pour the white layer on top, cover and steam for 20mins, or again until firm.

8) When it's ready, turn off the heat and take the baking tin out to cool for about 15mins. The top might still be a bit wet because of condensation, but if you poke the surface of your kueh gently with the back of a spoon it should hold.

9) Cut into diamond shapes and serve!

* Pandan, also known as screwpine, is a type of aromatically-scented plant- it sort of smells like fragrant jasmine rice. The extract's naturally green, and it's used in Southeast Asia like we use vanilla here in the West- if ever you see a sweet that's green over there, it's probably pandan-flavoured (or green tea I suppose). I used the actual leaf in my recipe for bubur cha cha, you can find out a little more about it on that page. You can find the leaves and sometimes the extract in Asian stores, but it you can't vanilla will work just fine. you'll also find grated cassava in a lot of Asian stores, too.

** Right, so my mini fail... the common way to defrost bags of frozen grated cassava is to immerse the bag in warm water. I stupidly dumped boiling water fresh from the kettle and caused the bag to burst a bit, letting a load of water in- but I didn't realise until too late, and all the cassava inside had mixed with the water. My kueh should have been a lot firmer and held its shape more stiffly, but as you can see from the first photo at the top it was quite soft because of my mistake. Never mind, it was still delicious!


  1. Hi Tash, could you use cassava meal/flour or would that be a totally fail?

    1. Hi Orchestral,

      You could use cassava flour, but I think you'd also have to mix it with something else for this recipe to firm the whole thing up because cassava flour is so fine (I'll be testing this out in a recipe soon, hopefully). You could try using 2 eggs and 1 cup cassava flour, or 1 egg with 3/4 cup of cassava flour and 1/4 cup glutinous rice flour. I think using rice flour with it is the safest bet texture-wise, although it won't be the same as using the grated stuff.

      Hope this helps!

  2. Thanks Tash, I'll try with rice flour. it looks great.


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