Put chai ko

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Put chai ko
Type Cake
Place of origin Hong Kong
Main ingredients Steamed sugar
Cookbook: Put chai ko  Media: Put chai ko
Put chai ko
Cantonese Jyutping but3 zai2 gou1
Literal meaning little pudding cake

Put chai ko is a popular snack in Hong Kong.[1] The pudding cake is palm size and is sweet in taste. It is soft, but can hold its molded shape outside of a bowl.[2] The cake is made from white or brown sugar, long-grain rice flour with a little wheat starch or cornstarch. Sometimes red beans are also added. The batter is poured into porcelain bowls and steamed until cooked through. Then it is let cooled and served at room temperature. Traditionally, the hawker inserts two bamboo skewers into the cake to turn it out and the eater holds the skewers to consume. But nowadays, most Put Chai Ko are sold in plastic bags. [clarification needed]


The snack is also known by a number of English names, including Put chai pudding, Earthen bowl cake, Bootjaigo, Red bean pudding or Bood chai ko.


The pudding is made like other traditional Cantonese steamed cakes. It is said to have originated in the Chinese county of Taishan, which is 140 km (87 mi) west of Hong Kong. The pudding reached its popularity peak in the early to mid-1980s when hawkers sold it all over the streets in their push carts. At the time, there were only a small handful of flavors. One of the dish's cultural trademarks is that it is served in a porcelain bowl or an aluminium cup.[3] The snack is still available today in select Chinese pastry or snack shops, or from street hawkers. The pudding can also be served like an ice pop, held up by two bamboo sticks.


Classic Hong Kong flavors[edit]

  • Plain white sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Plain white sugar with azuki beans
  • Brown sugar with any one of the beans in the genus Vigna

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pudding time". wordpress.com. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ irenechanwai (11 April 2009). "砵仔糕-製作過程-1 (Cantonese)". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ oldfriend (9 June 2008). "美味砵仔糕 (Cantonese)". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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