Level up your favorite Chinese sticky rice cake into fancy peanut tikoy rolls! Perfectly sweet and chewy with a creamy ube halaya filling and crunchy peanut coating, these mochi-like treats are delicious as a dessert or midday snack.
We haven’t had any brand new recipes on the blog for a while, as I’ve been mostly updating old content these past months. So I’m excited to kick off the second half of May with a fresh sweet treat. Peanut tikoy rolls!
What are tikoy rolls
Tikoy is a type of Chinese delicacy made from glutinous rice flour. Also called nian gao or year cake, it’s traditionally eaten during the Chinese New Year for good luck and prosperity.
Tikoy Rolls, on the other hand, are a leveled-up version wherein the sticky rice cake is rolled around a choice of fillings and coated in ground peanuts. They were made popular in the Philippines by Chinese bakeries like Eng Bee Tin and are sold in a variety of local flavors such as pandan and purple yam.
Sticky rice cake ingredients
The sticky rice cake is very easy to make with four simple ingredients and in under 30 minutes!
- Glutinous rice flour– this variety of rice flour gives the cake its characteristic chewiness. A nifty trick of telling it apart from its regular rice flour counterpart is to check the lettering color on the package. Green lettering = G for Glutinous rice flour; Red lettering = R for regular rice flour
- Water– I find the ratio of 2 cups flour to 1 cup water a good starting point; feel free to adjust accordingly. If the dough feels too sticky, add more flour or if too dry, add more water.
- Sugar– you can sweeten the dough with brown sugar if you want a bit of color and a hint of molasses flavor
- Vanilla extract– enhances flavor
- Toast the peanuts in a dry skillet to bring out more flavor. Use unsalted variety for best results.
- For ease of prep, ground the peanuts using a food processor or a blender. Alternatively, you can put the peanuts in a resealable bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
- To easily remove the cake after steaming, make sure to generously brush the bottom and sides of the pan with oil. You can also line it with banana leaves for added aroma.
- Cover the steamer lid with a kitchen towel or cotton cloth to avoid water drips on the rice cake.
- Steam the tikoy in a wide pan to make it as thin as possible. Slightly flatten the sticky rice cake while it’s still warm and more malleable as it will be harder to roll once cooled.
- To keep the tikoy from sticking, grease the working surface as well as the knife or cutter.
- Use a piping bag to easily pipe the filling or a spatula to spread the filling on the tikoy slices.