Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ham Chim Peng

Ham Chim Peng or Chinese donuts is a deepfried bread snack popular in Singapore. The only complication to making ham chim peng is to make a starter dough. We can either made it sweet or savoury. I have always wanted to make Ham Chim Peng and came across this recipe in a Yum Yum Magazine.

Ham Chim Peng

Starter dough

100 gms plain flour
150 ml water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp instant yeast


Mix all ingredients and leave aside for 2 hours to proof.
Cover with a wet towel

5 spice seasoning for the salty Ham Chim Peng


1tsp salt
1 tsp 5 spice powder
1 tbsp water

Mix ingredients together and leave aside for later use.

Ingredients for dough:

1 portion starter dough
300gms plain flour
120 gms sugar
140 ml water
1/4 tsp alkaline ( optional )
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp oil


Combine all the ingredients above in a bowl and slowly add in water.
Do not pour in all the water first or else you will get a very wet dough.
Use a wooden spoon to mix the dough because it will be sticky.
Knead into a smooth dough and leave aside for 15 mins.
After 15 mins , roll out the dough into 1 cm thick.
Brush with the 5 spice powder and roll like swiss roll.
Cut into 2 cm slices and use a roller to flatten.
Rest for 15 mins to let the dough rise.
Heat up 5 cups of oil and fry the ham chim peng over medium fire until golden brown.
Dish up onto kitchen towels to drain away oil.

Note : If you want a red bean ham chim peng divide dough into portions. Flatten dough and put in red bean. Roll back into a ball and flatten with a roller. Pat some water on dough and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


  1. Awesome recipes, Lucinda. Thanks so much.
    However isn't Ham Chim Peng a Chinese snack? At least, its popularity is not exclusive to Singapore.

    1. Yes it's a Chinese snack popular in Asian countries. Thanks for your feedback.

    2. Hope you like my recipes that I posted. Thank you.

  2. Lucinda Lau, Thank you for sharing this recipe. I've been trying to make Ham Chim Peng for long but did not turn well like yours especially with the starter dough...will try this!

  3. Thank you Lucinda... a greT childhood pleasure. Yumm does not seem too difficult to make.cannt buy them here

  4. How many grams is one portion of starter dough? Thank you

  5. Hi Lucinda, roughly how many grams is one portion of starter dough? Thanks.