1 lb (1/2 kg) water chestnuts
12 oz (336 g) sugar
6 cups water
10 oz (280 g) water chestnut starch
2 tablespoons oil
Peel and wash the water chestnuts. Grate and cook in 4 cups of water with sugar for 10 minutes.
Mix the water chestnut starch with the remaining 2 cups of water then filter through a fine sieve.
Pour the starch mix with the oil gradually into the boiling syrup. Stir constantly until well mixed. Scoop into a greased cake mould and steam over medium heat for 40 minutes. Leave to cool.
Cut into oblong pieces to shallow fry in an oiled pan before serving.