Homemade Muah Chee in 10 minutes


 My dad loves muah chee (glutinous rice balls coated with peanut and sugar).  I will dabao a packet for my dad whenever I passed by a muah chee stall. :)

Thus, I was intrigued when S told me that she found a simple recipe to make muah chee in 10 minutes. We tested the recipe, it worked and dad was very pleased with the outcome. We strongly recommend the recipe below to all muah chee fans!

Ingredients – Serves 4 (read: Similar to 3 packets of muah chee sold in pasar malam)
- 120g glutinous rice flour
- 180ml water
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 150g of peanut/sugar mix

1We bought the glutinous rice flour and peanut/sugar mix in NTUC. Total cost =<SGD3

4Mix the glutinous rice flour, water and oil in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 3.5 minutes. The outcome is a sticky white paste.

2  Pour the peanut/sugar mix into another bowl. Cut the sticky paste into small cubes and coat them well with the mix.

photoTadahhh. Homemade muah chee ready to serve.

Try this recipe and be awed by the outcome. I’m not going to buy another packet of muah chee again – I will make them myself! :)

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117 Responses to Homemade Muah Chee in 10 minutes

  1. HelloCHAYA says:

    This is like Mochi! Ingredients are similar. Just minus peanut and add soy bean powder. Though I’d much prefer Muah Chee’s spelling. Sounds romantic. MUUUUUAH!

    • K says:

      Introduce this in Chaya!!! Use black sesame powder- yummy! :)

    • Benjamin says:

      Actually Mochi and Muah Chee is the same thing! Muah Chee is actually In (if i’m not wrong) Hokkien, a dialect of Chinese. While mochi is actually japanese. They are both rice cakes but Mochi is japanese while Muah Chee is Chinese. While they are almost the same , Mochi Uses soy bean powder while muah chee is coated with crushed peanuts instead! So, yes they are similar because they are the same! Haha!

  2. Victoria says:

    Hi there! I tried the recipe and it worked!! Thank you for introducing this cheat but amazing way to satisfy my cravings! :)

  3. […] after I found the numerous Muah Chee recipes online.  There is the Happy Call Pan method, the Microwave method, the Pan Fry method, and finally, the traditional Steamer method, which I adapted […]

  4. ee von says:

    Hi, can i check what is the power to use for microwave ? medium or high ?

  5. ck says:

    hi ! this look great ! can I steam it instead of microwave ? as I dont have a microwave at home

  6. shandy says:

    Hi ,

    If i dont have a microwave, is there any other way?

  7. E says:

    Hi can i check with u if i dun have a microwave ,what can i use instead ? thanks

  8. Ikhsan Jaffar says:

    I don’t have microwave oven, is there an alternative method?

  9. Sher says:

    Is there any other way than microwaving it?

  10. Izah says:

    Any other option besides using microwave?

  11. pauline says:

    Going to buy ingredients now and try.
    Before this, nay I know what’s the temperature or mode to use for microwave?

  12. R says:

    May I know microwave at what temperature level?

  13. wendy says:

    if I dun have microwave what can I use?

  14. sarah says:

    Hey try swapping out the normal cooking oil for shallot oil and you get an amazing fragrance to the muah chee!

    To get shallot oil, I just chop some shallots and dump them in a bowl of normal oil, microwave (that appliance is awesome haha) it until the shallots start to turn brown. Leave it to cool for a few minites; the hot oil will continue cooking the shallots. Separate the mixture and you’ve shallot oil and perfectly golden brown shallots :D

  15. joan says:

    If dont have microwave at home?

  16. Michelle says:

    If I don’t have microwave, what other methods can I use?

  17. Isaac says:

    Can I use plain flour instead?

    • K says:

      Hi Isaac,

      Don’t think so. :) Do stick to glutinous rice flour.

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  18. Angel says:

    But i dont have microwave.. :( any other way?

  19. K says:

    Dear all,

    Thanks for commenting. Very surprised to see so many comments! :)

    For microwave mode- I use high. The outcome should be a very sticky paste. You might want to start with 2.5 minutes then test the texture.

    There are other methods to make muah chee like steaming (http://www.anncoojournal.com/2011/06/muah-chee.html) or using happy call (http://www.ellenaguan.com/2012/02/homemade-muah-chee-in-15-minutes.html).

    As for whether it’s okay to use plain flour- I don’t think so. Do stick to glutinous rice flour. :)

    Hope this helps. Happy muah chee making to all.


  20. this is awesome! thanks! Gonna make a trip to NTUC tomorrow!

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  22. eevon says:

    Hi, I’ve went to 2 ntuc and also phoon huat but I couldn’t find the peanut/sugar mix. They only have pure ground peanut.. may I know which ntuc u go to? ?? Thanks in advance

    • Jade says:

      I guess u can try buying a pkt of sugar n mix with the pure ground peanut. I’m not sure the ratio of each, maybe 1:1, or to ur taste. hope this helps.

    • K says:

      Hi eevon,

      I went to the one in bedok central. You can check out other supermarkets too- It’s usually in the dried food section. Hope this helps. :)

  23. sil says:

    Hi can’t find the peanut sugar mix as per ur picture. Went to ntuc and cold storage but nv see the same packing type. Which section is this thing located at?

  24. reuben says:

    I just prepared this muah chee for my mother for mothers day. She loves it and it is her all time favourite snack. She was so touched. Much gratitude. Cheers!

  25. […] Get the recipe HERE […]

  26. Jacqueline says:

    Hi, what shd the temperature of water used for mixing the glutinous flour n oil be? I know that glutinous flour will form into a sticky texture with hot water

    • K says:

      Hi Jacqueline,

      I typically use tap water and it works well. :)


      • Jacqueline says:

        Thanks, it works! I replaced the cooking oil with sesame oil and the fragrance from my microwave oven is just so marvellous. Will bookmark this page and use the recipe again whenever I have cravings for muah chee. Cheers!

  27. 綠茶 says:

    Delicious………! THANK YOU!

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  29. Dil says:

    Anybody else gets diarrhea after consuming this homemade muah chee? Twice I made this and ate them, both times got diarrhea. It is the same for my sisters. It could be our weak stomach or other food that we ate. Tell me if anyone experience the same thing as us.

    • Sherlyn says:

      Hi, could it be the water you used? To be safe, you may really want to use boiled water to mix them instead. Since microwave is not an option to ‘purify’ water, you can get really bad diarrhea just from not using clean water.

    • K says:

      Sorry to hear that. No such issues for us.


  30. Sherlyn says:

    Thank you so much! It’s a really easy method and I just told my mom it’s actually really simple to make!

  31. Yan says:

    Hi! I think the boiled method is the most tedious way of all methods. I remembered, when i was still very young, my mom used to make her own muah-chee.

    She would prepare ingredients as though of glutinous rice balls, boil the big sized balls in boiling water till they float. Scoop them out of the water, draining away the water, placed the cooked glutinous rice balls in a deep pot. Using two chopsticks, she would whisk them quickly till all become blend well into a sticky paste.The longer you whisk, the chewy it is and soft, but its a very tiring job for the arms.
    Then she would transfer the sticky lump into the wok with some cooking oil in it and heat over very low flame so as to get a little crispy on the sides. Used to sprinkle some shallots on the top of the lump too. They were yummy!

    Have not make my own yet, must try your method one of these days!

  32. Yen says:

    I came across your page this afternoon. Just tried the microwave method and it was so good! I will never buy another packet of muah chee again. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Jurf says:

    Just made the Muah chee using your recipe. Great success! Used home-made peanut powder instead of the NTUC one though. Tastes great & fragrant! Thanks for sharing~


  34. Summer says:

    How did u wash? I find it very difficult to wash the utensils

  35. Claire says:

    Hey… i just tried it today. It works. im so happy n my family too… :) thnks fr sharing…

  36. shan says:

    Did the muah chee comes out QQ?? Cause using other methods, the mixture have to really mixed much of to get the QQ texture..=)

  37. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing. It’s work. Check with you, if I want to made more, the microwave timing also 3.5min?

  38. Van says:

    Hi, what is the power of your microwave? Mine is 900wt for High,600 watt for medium. so I can adjust the timing accordingly. TIA!

  39. Cai Ling says:

    Can I skip the oil or reduce the oil?

  40. eugene says:

    hi there, i tried the microwave method, but i have heaps of oil left, is it suppose to be like that?

  41. Jack Cheah says:

    First tried the recipe months ago and a second time today. I used a microwave safe container that has a little ventilation hole on it’s lid for 4 mins and the “dough” came off the container Swee Swee – no stick. Suggest pouring the whole dough on the plate coated with the peanut powder and sugar. Start off coating the outer surface first before chopping into bite size bits with a Silicon spatula. NO Mess ! Thanks

  42. Peter Simon Yiu says:

    Taught this receipe to my 10 yrs old grandson. He could master this receipe in one try. Recommended to all my colleagues. They are passing this receipe to their sphere of influence.

  43. Claire says:

    I just tried this today and it was AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! My hubby loves this and he gave it 10/10. It was unbelievably easy and fast! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  44. Liz says:

    I realised once its cooled, it turns hard, how to I make it remain soft even when its cooled. Thanks

  45. Wendy says:

    May I know – do we microwave covered or uncovered?

  46. AB says:

    It works! Thanks for sharing

  47. Cakie says:

    Hi, can i use sweet rice flour instead?

  48. Peter Simon Yiu says:

    Hi during Chinese New Year, I made enough Mua Chee using your 10 mins recipe for 30 relatives. Everyone was so impressed and asked for your recipe. The best Chinese New Year gathering so far. Thank you.

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