Singapore will be celebrating it's 48th birthday on 9 August and every year, we gather around the tv to catch the parade. It is a great family bonding affair and the kids love it.
This year, I thought I would make a simple snack with a local twist to celebrate the occasion. I decided to test it out over the weekend and it was so well received, all of it has been gobbled up. So it looks like I will need to make a fresh batch on National Day for the family.
Salted Gula Melaka Popcorn
1/2 popping corn
1/4 cup vegetable oil
200g gula melaka (you can chop it if you are in a hurry)
2 cups water
2 tbsp corn syrup or honey
1/8 tsp salt
1. Begin by heating the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in 2-3 pieces of popping corn. If the corn swirls around in a circle, the oil is hot enough. Add the remaining corn. Cover with a tight fitting lid. When the corn starts popping, shake the pot gently. Remove from heat when the corn stops popping.
2. Transfer the popped corn a large bowl. Discard any unpopped corn.
3. Make the Gula Melaka syrup by mixing the gula melaka, corn syrup, butter, salt and water in a heavy saucepan. Stir constantly until all the ingredients have dissolved and bring to a boil over medium heat.
4. Preheat the oven at 150 degree celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread the popcorn evenly on the tray. Drizzle the gula melaka syrup over the popcorn and stir the popcorn around to ensure it is well mixed. Add according to your taste.
5. Bake in the oven, tossing occasionally for about 40 minutes. Serve the popcorn warm to the delight of your guests.
If you don't plan to serve it immediately, store it in an air tight container and make sure you keep it away from little hands that will devour it while you aren't looking.
I think this might become a family tradition!
p.s You might have leftover gula melaka syrup which is a nice problem to have. Just store it in the fridge and enjoy it on another day poured over coconut ice cream or blended with avocado or even make some Sago Gula Melaka. Enjoy!