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Chinese 5 Spice Doughnuts (Ham Chim Peng)

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Ham Chim Peng or Chinese five spice doughnuts is a very popular Cantonese street food in Malaysia and Singapore. “Ham” in Cantonese means salty, “Chim” means fried and “Peng” means dough or often referred to as bread or doughnut. There are three different types of Ham Chim Peng, namely the salted fried doughnuts mixed with Chinese red fermented bean curd; with red bean filling (dou sha) and glutinous (sticky) rice fillings. These type of Chinese doughnuts are commonly sold alongside plain Chinese doughnuts called “Youtiao” by street vendors. Both the Youtiao and Ham Chim Peng are normally served together with plain rice porridge as a breakfast food. They can also be eaten as a snack any time of the day with tea or coffee.


These variety of Chinese salty fried doughnuts are my childhood favourite and they are not readily available overseas. Most of us living abroad would have cravings about these delicious Ham Chim Peng as they are not sold commercially. Recently, one of my readers requested for a gluten free Ham Chim Peng recipe, so I decided to make these doughnuts with red bean paste filling and the gluten free fried dough is made with gluten free self-raising flour, potato starch and Chinese five spice powder. This recipe is also vegan, dairy free, nut free, corn free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free. Refer to my Homemade Red Bean Paste recipe here.


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4 Responses

  1. This recipe looks amazing and great for people with food allergies and intolerances. I like red paste so It’sa winner already! R

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      This is an allergy friendly recipe. Love red bean paste too especially in desserts and pastries. :)

  2. Stuart Vettese
    | Reply

    These look extremely flavourful and pretty too. Thanks for sharing the recipe

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