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Chinese Cheesecake?

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dablues

Chinese Cheesecake?

Does anyone know what type of dessert this is?  I asked someone at the China Star Super Buffet and they say it's cheesecake.  It doesn't taste like any chessecake that I've had before.  The inside is light and airy and I think a hint of lemon is in there but don't know what other ingredients could be there.  The outside is Phyllo.  I've looked all over the internet to find some sort of recipe but haven't found anything that resembles this.  I hope the photos are ok.  I sliced one in half and took a picture to show what the filling is like

 

 

 

Felila's picture
Felila

That looks like rice cake. Several manapua shops here in Honolulu sell varieties of rice cake. The Chinese versions are very different from the Japanese mochi that I sometimes make at home.

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dablues

Thanks so much for the reply.  Will look for a recipe for rice cakes.  I haven't a clue why they call them chessecakes.

Felila's picture
Felila

Rice cakes are usually made from glutinous rice. You can buy that as a kind of rice flour (mochiko), which makes a dense, even-textured sweet.  I have the impression that the Chinese rice cakes aren't made from anything like mochiko, but from glutinous rice that has been boiled and then pounded. I have the impression that this requires special equipment and that it is something done by professional cooks, not at home. BUT I could be wrong. Couldn't find out much about Chinese rice cakes online.

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dablues

for the reply.  I kind of think, but am probably wrong, that these were baked in muffin cups.  Am not sure about the filling how it was made though.  Looks to me with the browning on top that either it was put under a broiler for a bit or torched.  But am probbly wrong on that too.  My husband seems to like the filling a lot.  Light and airy and not really sweet with just a hint of lemon flavor.

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dablues

any recipe that comes close to this. I've tried a couple of recipes using the sticky rice flour but it wasn't anything like the picture above.  I just can't figure out the ingredients.  I know it has to be simple, but I can't think of how to make it.  The inside is very creamy and has a nice taste.  Just can't figure it out.  Will keep on looking.

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dabrownman

a lemon mochi variant?  I've had mochi that tastes, looks and has the mouth feel of imitation crab :-)  A sort of rice lemon cheesecake is no problem at all.

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dablues

Thanks, I'll have to look on the internet and see if I can find a recipe for Mochi that kind of looks like what I want.  Hopefully, Mochi is it. 

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jimrich17

The dough looks more like a double layer of  wonton wrapper or egg roll wrapper than phyllo- which would be much thinner. It is hard from the photo to tell how big the pastry is. If mini-then probably the wonton wrapper. If larger then the springroll. There are lots of recipes for Chinese Egg Custard Tarts. THe shiny brown top is most likely a glaze applied after baking.

Hope this helps. It looks like an idea that should be followed up on.

Jim

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dablues

Possibly it could be a spring roll but I am not sure.  Anyway I just can't seem to find the right recipe for this.  I've saved some recipes that I'll try.  Some mochi, some egg tarts.  This is so annoying since the recipe is probably really simple but if I don't know exactly what's in it, then it won't come out right.  I tried a regular rice cake and it wasn't the right one.  The inside of this dessert is very soft, and creamy, but it doesn't look like a egg tart.  I'll do the couple of recipes I saved and try them and if it's not the right one, will keep on looking, lol!  The glaze part is probably right.  I do know that these need to be eaten warm.  If it's not eaten right away they will shrink down.  I bought a couple extra to show someone and they shrunk down a lot.  Thanks for all the help.

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timshel01

I'm also looking for the ingredients to this fantastic treat. Is the restaurant you mentioned located in Woonsocket RI? The Chinese restaurant I found these egg cake tarts is New China Super Buffet in Woonsocket. I asked about how it's make but everyone's English is very limited.  You described the Egg Cake exactly. For sure it's make with Phyllo Dough Sheets.You mentioned a lemon flavor but I thought there was a very slight taste of mayonnaise.I'm asking around to see if the exact ingredients can be found. I love these treats so much.

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dablues

There is Mayonaisse in the pastry that's all  I could find out from the restaurant, but I really don't think it is phyllo dough but could be wrong.

gerhard's picture
gerhard

Just from looking at the photo it looks like fortune cookie dough, I agree it doesn't look like phyllo pastry as the sheets seem fairly thick.

Gerhard

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dablues

There are two wrappers in the dessert, and each one is thin and crisp.  Not sure if it's a won ton wrapper or not, but I know it isn't phyllo dough.  Don't know if they used won ton wrappers and rolled them out a bit or just put them in the muffin tins and rotated the second one to get points.

 

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Egg Tart

I have been looking for a recipe for these tasty gems too!  I asked at our local Chinese what they were called... Egg tart was as close as language differences could come.  But like the picture, these used wonton for the cup, and the custard is moist, sweet with a citrus tinge.  One time we found what we thought was a wee bit of pineapple.  I don't think it's a rice thing.  It's a baked egg custard.  And yes, probably baked in a cupcake tin.  Whatever they are, they're served warm and delicious!  If anyone finds a recipe, please post!f

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dablues

I never did find a recipe, and the Chinese buffet where I go to call them cheesecake.  I've looked forever and cannot come up with anything.  I did make a Japanese Cotton Cheesecake to see what that was like, and it was about the closest I could come to what I am looking for.  I'm going to try the Japanese Cotton Cheesecake again in the near future but am going to tweak the recipe since the consistency wasn't quite the same as the pastry I got at the Chinese buffet. 

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dablues

I never did find a recipe, and the Chinese buffet where I go to call them cheesecake.  I've looked forever and cannot come up with anything.  I did make a Japanese Cotton Cheesecake to see what that was like, and it was about the closest I could come to what I am looking for.  I'm going to try the Japanese Cotton Cheesecake again in the near future but am going to tweak the recipe since the consistency wasn't quite the same as the pastry I got at the Chinese buffet.  One other thing, I asked a waitress the other day what they used for the wrapper.  I wasn't sure if it was a won ton or not.  She said spring roll wrapper, so I'm not sure but I'm going to try to use one of those.