Put chai ko
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Place of originTaishan, China
Main ingredientssugar, rice flour
Put chai ko
Hanyu Pinyinbōzǎi gāo
Cantonese Yalebutjái gōu
Literal meaninglittle bowl cake
White put chai ko made with white sugar.
White put chai ko made with white sugar.
Put chai kos made with adzuki beans.
Put chai kos made with adzuki beans.

Put chai ko (Chinese: 缽仔糕 or 砵仔糕; Cantonese Yale: butjái gōu) is a popular snack in Hong Kong.[1] The pudding cake is palm size and is sweet in taste. It is soft, but can hold its molded shape outside a bowl.[2] The cake is made from white or brown sugar, long-grain rice flour with a little wheat starch or cornstarch. Sometimes red beans are also added. The batter is poured into porcelain bowls and steamed until cooked through. Then it is let cooled and served at room temperature. Traditionally, the hawker inserts two bamboo skewers into the cake to turn it out and the eater holds the skewers to consume. At present, most Put Chai Ko are sold in plastic bags.[clarification needed]


The snack is also known by a number of English names, including Put chai pudding, Rice Pudding, Earthen bowl cake, Bootjaigo, Red bean pudding or Put chai ko.


The pudding is made like other traditional Cantonese steamed cakes. It is said to have originated in the Chinese county of Taishan, which is 140 km (87 mi) west of Hong Kong. The pudding reached its popularity peak in the early to mid-1980s when hawkers sold it all over the streets in their push carts. At the time, there were only a small handful of flavors. One of the dish's cultural trademarks is that it is served in a porcelain bowl or an aluminium cup.[3] The snack is still available today in select Chinese pastry or snack shops, or from street hawkers. The pudding can also be served like an ice pop, held up by two bamboo sticks.

Classic Hong Kong flavors

See also


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  2. ^ irenechanwai (11 April 2009). "砵仔糕-製作過程-1 (Cantonese)". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ oldfriend (9 June 2008). "美味砵仔糕 (Cantonese)". youtube.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.[dead YouTube link]