Korean Yak Bap - Sweet steamed rice cake

February 23, 2017
3 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

A traditional Korean snack made with glutinous rice and a lot of nuts and dates. The word Yakbap literally translates to "medicine rice", because it contains lots of energy dense ingredients. —Miss Hangrypants

What You'll Need
  • Main
  • 2 cups white glutinous rice
  • 20 dates
  • 1 cup chesnuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine
  1. Rinse rice like you would with regular rice and soak in water for about 3-4 hrs
  2. Pit and julienne dates. For the chestnuts, you can use already roasted ones that you buy in packets in Asian supermarkets. If you are using raw chestnuts, carefully peel them and cut into quarters
  3. Drain the rice and add all the seasoning and other ingredients. Mix well and place in rice cooker and turn on according to the machine. You can also place in a steamer for an hour instead.
  4. Once rice cooker is done, pack yakbap into a lightly greased 8x8 baking pan and allow to cool. Cut into 8 squares and serve.
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1 Review

witloof March 31, 2017
I have very little experience with pre soaking rice, so I have to ask if there is enough liquid in the recipe to cook the rice without adding any water when you put it in the cooker.