Teochew Sweet Yam Paste (Orh Nee)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: serves 6 to 8
  • 500 g peeled yam – sliced ½ inch thickness
  • 3 to 4 stalk pandan leaves
  • 80 g gingko nuts – peeled and centre pit removed
  • 200 ml water + 2 tbsp sugar (for gingko nut)
  • 500 ml water (for syrup)
  • 140 g rock sugar (or more if you prefer sweeter)
  1. Boil gingko nuts with 1 stalk of pandan leaf and sugar for 30 mins, until softened.
  2. Steam yam with 2 stalks of pandan leaves for 30 to 40 mins, until softened.
  3. Dissolve rock sugar with water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Set aside.
  4. When the yam is done, remove pandan leaves and place steamed yam in a blender.
  5. Add in half of the rock sugar syrup and blend. If the consistency is too thick, add a little more syrup at a time.
  6. Place yam paste in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate. Reserve the rest of the syrup for serving.
  7. To serve, scoop desired amount into a bowl, top with gingko nuts and some reserved syrup.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at https://www.bearnakedfood.com/2020/07/29/teochew-sweet-yam-paste-orh-nee/