Muah Chee – Glutinous Rice Balls

Muah Chee 麻糍 is a Chinese dessert or snack that is popular in South East Asia. It is easily found at roadside food stalls all around Malaysia and Singapore. A glutinous or sticky rice ball rolled in sugar and crushed peanuts…similar to mochi but with the filling on the outside rather than inside. It is easy to find some glutinous rice flour in the your local Asian market. I might never get a chance to go to Malaysia and try it from a hawker, so I had to try to make it for myself. I didn’t have peanuts or the fragrant oil, but I could use almonds right? I figured since I have never had the original in the countries known for making it I could use a different nut. 😀

I had to change things up and do a few things different just because that’s what I do, so I decided to spice it up a bit too, adding some chai spice to the sugar/nut mix for the topping!

I also tried the microwave way…

Ingredients for the dough:

1 cup of glutinous rice flour (easily found in your Asian market)

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cooking oil (normally you use shallot oil, but I didn’t have that)


1/2 cup chopped nuts I used almonds

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 -2 teaspoons chai spice mix*

*Chai Spice Mix:

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons cardamom

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon white pepper (optional)

  • All spices are in powdered form for this one. Mix all together and store in a spice jar. Add it to tea, coffee, cookies, granola and much more.
    • For the muah chee mix all the ingredients for the dough mixture in a microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes…I covered mine with a glass plate but I don’t think you have to do this.

      Remove from microwave and spoon out in bite size pieces. Then drop them into the topping mixture, it was just sticky enough to grab onto some of the nuts, sugar and spice and everything nice…couldn’t resist. Some will dip the dough balls in shallot oil first then stick it in the topping mix, but this way worked good for me.

      There you have it…muah chee my way 😀 I still have to make it to Singapore or Malaysia to try it the right way!

      But I really liked it a lot, I think better than I thought I would, just because of the texture thing…

      I enjoyed the cardamom, cinnamony flavors with the nuts. I think toasted, desiccated coconut with peanuts would be good on it too.

      The texture is soft, chewy and didn’t stick to your teeth…really nice. I enjoyed it with some Vietnamese coffee, it went well together…mmm so good!

      It was so easy and good! You should try it! It’s fun!