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Monday, February 28, 2011

3 Extra Mother (Sar Kay Mah)

I don't like eating this... but I know someone who does...

'Sak Ke Mah' or 'Sar Kay Mah' to me is translated in Hokkien as '3 Extra Mother'... but it's probably wrong.

Below is a better description.

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Translated as Sweet Egg Squares

Sweet Egg Squares or Sak Ke Mah was originally Manchurian food offered at ancestors remembrance ceremonies. In the Manchurian language, 'Sak Ke' means 'to cut' and 'ma' means 'to rearrange'. It is also said that in Hong Kong, some gamblers eat this for luck before they put their bets on horses.

The preparation of such Chinese desserts as featured in our Chinese dessert recipes require patience and time but the end result is most satisfying. Chinese traditional food usually use basic ingredients (nothing fancy or out of ordinary) as you will see here, the Sak Ke Mah mainly uses flour, eggs, sugar for the basic dough. This snack is deliciously chewy and sweet and filling as well due to the eggs.

Ingredients For Fried Strips
2 1/2 cups Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 Medium Eggs

Ingredients for Coating
3/4 cup Castor Sugar
1/2 cup Maltose
1/4 cup Water
1 tbsp Vinegar

• Sift plain flour together with baking powder. Add eggs, one at a time and knead dough until smooth. Leave aside for 30 minutes. Cut dough into half and roll each half into rectangles of 4 mm thick.With a sharp knife, cut into even 25 mm strips. Shred strips in finer strips.
• Heat oil and deep fry shredded strips until golden brown. Dish out.
• Cook castor sugar and maltose in water. Add vinegar. Pour syrup into fried strips and toss to coat thoroughly. Pour coated strips onto greased cookie sheet. Press firmly until compact (about one inch in height). Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Here's another take...
about this cake...

Ke = Riding
Mah = Horse


i don't read chinese and i wonder why this snack is called 'sak ke mah'. 'Mah' in cantonese, i know is 'horse' but this snack don't look anything like a horse. 'Ke' , to me , it sounded like 'riding', put the two words together, it means 'riding a horse'. What is 'sak' and how is this name associated to this delicious snack? Does anyone know the story to this name?, correct me if you please and excuse my ignorance.


3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
4 eggs
6 cups oil for frying

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup maltose
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar

• Sieve ingredients A:, add eggs and knead into a smooth dough , let stand for 20 minutes.
• Cut dough into half and roll one half into a rectangle 1/6 inch thick.
Cut into 1 inch strips and shred into fine strips.
• Heat oil and fry the shredded strips until golden brown. Remove and place into a large bowl.
• Cook B: for 2 minutes in medium heat(sugar should be dissolved),
pour mixture into the fried noodles and toss to coat.
• Pour coated noodles onto a greased cookie sheet pan and
press noodles into a compact rectangle, i inch in height.
• Let it cool, cut into square pieces.


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