Khitijah Binte Seren aka Aunty J-Lo as she’s called by family and friends, is known for her handmade Kuih Lopes. Made from glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves, Nonya kueh lopes is a sweet dessert coated in grated coconut and drizzled with gula melaka syrup.
We sat down for a little chat with Aunty J-Lo…
I hear that you’re a Kuih Lopes making superstar. How old were you when you made your first piece?
47 years old
Who taught you the tricks of making them oh-so-delicious?
How many do you think you’ve made so far?
Wow! That’s a tough questions – if I had to take a guess about 500,000!
Care to share your Kuih Lopes recipe with our readers?
For the glutinous rice:
- Toss 1 ball of soda ash with approx. 3kg to 4kg of glutinous rice
- Wash and Soak
- Mix well & strain
- Cut banana leaves in small rectangles
- Place rice in banana leaf and wrap
- Place in boiling water for 4 hours
For the syrup:
- Mix Gula Melaka with Gula Merah (3kg: 2 cubes of Gula Melaka)
- 4 cups of water
- Boil and mix well
Coat glutinous rice with grated coconut & pour syrup over.
Have you ever taken cooking lessons?
No. Everything I’ve learnt was through family and friends.
Do you have a favourite ingredient to work with?
Anything Chilli! The hotter the better!
What is your favourite local ingredient to work with? What dish would you make out if it?
I have so many – but my favourite is definitely Chilli – Sambal / Asam Fish.
Where is your favourite food shopping location in Singapore?
Chong Pang Market – it’s filled with great deals and great produce.
What is your favourite dish to cook for your family? Or maybe I should ask – what is it your family always ask you to make? Mama rules the kitchen!
Sambal Prawn!!! It’s a regular request!
Can our readers buy the Kuih Lopes from you?
Yes of course, please contact Aisha on 9166-6393. We look forward to hearing from you!