I saw this Pumpkin Sesame Cakes in a Chinese cooking show recently. It was a pumpkin recipes special and it featured this and a steamed variety. For the steamed one, the cooking host shaped the dough into a little pumpkin and then steamed it until cooked. She served it with some sort of sweet syrup.
I was attracted to this pan-fried version as it looked really tasty. What's more I am also a big fan of sesame seeds so of course I had to give this recipe a try. I was also curious of how it would taste like.
I gave it a bite to let you see the texture inside of this cake. It tasted like nian gao, since it was made of glutinous rice flour I guess. Slightly chewy and not bad at all. Mine was not sweet enough, I would prefer it to be sweeter.
Remember to pan-frying it in low heat pan so that you won't burn the sesame seeds. Sesame seeds burn easily in high heat.
Pumpkin, cut the skin off, cut into half, seeded and save the seed to roast.
Cut pumpkin into slices. Steam for 30 minutes or until soften. Mash with a fork. Squeeze out the juice. Mix in some brown sugar, stir well. Then add some glutinous rice flour until a dough is formed. In a plate, spread out the white sesame seeds. Roll the dough into a cylinder shape, cut and slightly roll it flat with your hand. Coat both sides with sesame seeds. Pan fry in low heat until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel. Serve.
2 cups smashed pumpkin , 3/4 cup (less sweet) to 1 cup of brown sugar (sweet). I only used 1/2 cup of brown sugar and it was not sweet at all. I think the original recipe was made without adding any sugar.