Penang Muar Chee


Penang Muar Chee (Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts)

I’m a very simple girl with simple taste buds. It is the simple recipes that makes me happy and savour with a sweet smile. I have savored some of the best fine-dining food – caviar, cheese, terrine, exquisite pastry. However, it’s too heavy and luxurious for my taste. No offense to the brilliant chefs, I wanted something without cream or excessive details; I wanted something simple and straightforward like Malaysian food. And one of them is Muar Chee.

Me & my younger sis CH are very fond of Muar Chee, a popular street food sweet treat found in Penang. Muar Chee is made of sticky rice balls coated with sugar, ground roasted peanuts, and sesame seeds. It’s kinda like mochi or the filled glutinous rice balls. A small pack of muar chee used to cost RM1, now it’s RM2 and yet there’s hardly any vendors selling this. Whenever we see a muar chee vendor, we will definitely buy 1 packet Muar Chee to share and ended up always fighting over the last piece. Yes we do have some sisterly rivalry, but I’m usually the one who gives in (or in reality gets bullied) 🙂

So I made myself some muar chee last week, and it’s actually quite easy. Just like how the street vendors do it.. steam glutinous rice paste and prepare ground peanut mixture. Cut a small piece of glutinous rice paste, transfer it into the ground peanut mixture, dice the muar chee paste into small cubes and coat them with the peanut mixture. The only thing I dont like doing is roasting peanuts and peeling the skin. It would be much easier if you can buy ground roasted peanuts.

Penang Muar Chee (Sticky Rice Balls with Peanuts)

My muar chee turned out very well and tasted almost the same compared to the real ones. Adding a bit of butter does makes the difference. So tasty &  deeply satisfying.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest, Penang Month hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies


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Penang Muar Chee
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Serves: 4
  • 270g (2 cup) Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Tapioca Flour
  • 375ml (1½ cup) Water
  • Cooking Oil
  • 1 Shallot - thinly sliced
Roasted Peanuts
  • 100g Peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon Pure Palm Sugar (white sugar is used traditionally)
  • 1 tablespoon White Sesame Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Butter - soften at room temperature (lard is used traditionally)
  1. Lightly dry roast sesame seed & peanuts on the pan/work separately. Alternatively you can use the oven to roast.
  2. Remove skin from peanuts and finely grind using food processor.
  3. Heat the wok with 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat and fry the shallots until crispy.
  4. Combine glutinous rice flour and tapioca flour with water to form a batter. Transfer the batter into a greased small tray or heat proof plate.
  5. Add water on the wok to steam the batter over high heat for 10 minutes until the glutinous rice paste is completely cooked through in the center.
  6. In a deep plate, mix the ground roasted peanuts, sugar, sesame seeds and butter well.
  7. Cut a small piece of the rice paste using a cutlery knife, drop it into the peanut mixture and cutting the rice paste into smaller pieces. Coat well with the mixture, dish out and serve immediately with some fried shallot crisps.
Note: This flour water ratio gives a chewy (qq) texture, the original way. If you prefer a softer texture, add a little bit more water. Butter is optional, but it makes the peanut mixture more aromatic.



  1. lovely!muah chee is my mom’s favourite snack but it’s so hard to see anyone selling it on the street these days !I’m going to try out this recipe and hopefully my attempt turns out well (fingers crossed )

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  3. Shannon, thank you! My first initiation to Muar Chee was through my uncle. He bought some many years ago for me and my parents to try. It is quite a nice kueh, soft and comforting with the fragrant peanuts. I would say that it is comfort food but not so good for my waistline 🙂
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  4. Although this is a traditional snack for you I haven’t heard of it. It sounds very intriguing, especially with the fried shallots. Beautiful images too.
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  5. I love Muar Chee. Yours definitely looks authentic 🙂 And well done to the winners.

  6. These rice balls make my mouth water; Shannon!
    I am so happy to have won a copy of Nourish magazine! Yay!!!
    I have sent you an email…Cannot wait to read it! 🙂
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  7. wow.. my fav… must try this recipe d

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