Today, I saw F posted on a baking group in FB about this 吉红糕, and that got me curious. For I did see this in those traditional bakery store but my mom never buys them. Now I found out that it was meant for certain dialect group's prayer.
Thanks to G's perfect memory, she recalled seeing this recipe from an old baking forum that we joined.
Findings: It is a very soft cake. It is neither gummy (as I expected because of the gelatin) nor chewy. A cooling feel to the mouth (as it is chilled in the fridge). Has a mild sweetness to it. After coating with flour, it was easy to handle.
Is the close to the "real stuff", I can't tell. If I do come across it, I will definitely buy a packet to find out.
For the time being, for those interested, here is the recipe that G shared.
What you need:
60g glutinous rice flour
60g tapioca flour
120g castor sugar
30g gelatin powder
½ tsp banana essence
1 tbsp cooking oil
a few small drop of red colouring
Combine flours and water in a pot.
Add in sugar and stir until all combined.
Add in gelatin and let it sit for a while to bloom. Stir to blend.
Cook batter over low heat, stir constantly to form a translucent soft dough.
Stir in the flavouring and cooking oil. Mix well.
Spread the dough onto a greased container. Leave to cool.
Chill in the fridge for ½ hour. Sprinkle fried glutinous rice flour and cut into small pieces. Toss further in more fried glutinous rice flour.
Dust off excess and store in a clean container. Store in fridge.