This yum cha favourite is called a “Malay cake”. It is a delightful, fluffy brown sugar steamed cake that is often served at yum cha in Hong Kong (I’ve only seen it at a few places in Sydney). But no Malay cake really compares to my mother’s. I find many of them a bit bland and not sweet enough but this beauty hits the right notes as well as some of her secret weapons: cinnamon and sesame. I called her Lilian.