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Mar 31, 2009 01:07 PM

cake from T & T

hi chowhounders,

i purchased "LUCKY MALA CAKE" from T&T this weekend. it's delish!!!

some descriptors ... it came in an aluminum pan - similar to a chinese take-out/delivery container. it's yellow - very spongy. mild (some would say bland) flavour.

what exactly is it?? i've tried googling this and have had no luck.

is it the same as chinese steamed cake?

anyone have a recipe for it?


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  1. It's your typical Chinese yellow sponge cake, if I'm not mistaken.

    So something like this?

    (Stolen from this thread:


    Mala = Ma Lai?

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    1. re: d00n

      hi d00n,

      i think it's close to the typical chinese sponge cake ... but it's quite yellow compared to the ones i've seen online ...

    2. I could be mistaken but I think "Mala" refers to "Malaysian." What you're describing sounds like the "Steamed Malaysian Sponge Cake" often served at dim sum. It's best served warm.

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      1. re: DishyDiva

        hi dishydiva,

        hmmm... you may be onto something!

        i'll search for a recipe.


        1. re: lilaki

          Try searching under the names "Ma Lai Go", "Ma Lai Ko", or "Ma Lai koh", and you'll get plenty of recipes.