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How To Make Pichi-pichi

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Steamed Cassava Cake Balls

This ‘kakanin’ steamed cake is very much loved by everyone, it’s different to the other ‘kakanin’ made with rice flour. The distinct flavour and colour sets this delicacy apart from the other Filipino steamed cake.

I hope you enjoy making this recipe!

How To Make Pichi-pichi

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  • 300g cassava, grated
  • 125g sugar
  • 500ml water
  • 150g coconut, grated
  • 1/2 tsp lye water
  • 1tsp pandan essence
  • 1tsp ube essence
  • 1tsp jackfruit essence



Mix cassava, sugar and water in a bowl.


Add lye water and stir until everything is combined thoroughly.


Separate into three different bowls evenly.


Add pandan in the first bowl, add ube in the second bowl and jackfruit in the third bowl. Mix each bowl thoroughly.


Prepare your steamer and molds. Pour your cassava mixture into the molds.


Place the molds into the steamer and cook for 30-50 minutes or until the colour turns translucent.


Remove the molds out of the steamer, let it cool on the side.


Take each cooked cassava out from the molds, roll them into balls and cover them with grated coconut meat.


Place them in a serving plate and share!


If you cant find any of the ingredients in your local supermarket you can buy them from Chinatown supermarkets or Filipino Supermarket (Earls Court). You can find grated cassava and grated coconut in the frozen section.

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