Kue cucur (Indonesian) or kuih cucur (Malay), known in Thai as khanom fak bua (ขนมฝักบัว, pronounced [kʰā.nǒm fàk būa̯]) or khanom chuchun (ขนมจู้จุน or จูจุ่น), is a traditional snack in parts of Southeast Asia, includes Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Thailand and Vietnam. In Indonesia, kue cucur can be found throughout traditional marketplaces in the country; the popular version, however, is the Betawi version from Jakarta. In Brunei and Malaysia, the term cucur is generally used to refer to any type of fritters. A popular type of cucur in Brunei and Malaysia is Jemput-jemput (also known as Cokodok) and Pinjaram (also known as Kuih cucur gula merah/melaka). In Southern Thailand, it is often featured in wedding ceremonies and festivals.
The dessert, made of fried rice flour mixed with palm sugar, is thick in the middle and thin at the edges. Thai people believe that it is similar to the lotus which can grow in poor conditions. Thus, it is like the love of a newly married couple that will smoothly grow up and succeed in married life. Thai people like to use it at a wedding or propitious ceremony, or at any festival. Sometimes it is given as a gift. Normally, Thai people like to eat it immediately after it is fried because it is still soft and colorful, and smells good. If it is left for an hour, it will be sticky, stiff and full of oil.
Kue Cucur Recipe
500 g newly pounded rice flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
500 cc santan from 1/2 a coconut
500 g palm sugar or subtitute
– sift the rice flour together with the salt
– Cook the santan together with the palm sugar until sugar has dissolved. Strain.
– pour the sugar mixture slowly into the flour mixture and stir until blended and smooth. Knead the mixture until smooth and elastic for about 10 or 15 minutes.
– Let stand for an hour until dough rises.
– Heat the oil on a medium heat. Put a tablespoonful of the dough in the oil and keep ladling the oil over the dough until it swells up. Keep pricking the center of the cake so that it be done evemtly. Remove and serve.