I was blog hopping the other day and came across this very talent young chef blog and she made Loh Pak Koh. And I since I had a daikon in my fridge I decided to make some. This is the delicious savory cake served in most dim sum places and sometime during New Year's Day as a symbol of prosperity and rising fortunes. Turnip cake is made with Chinese turnip or Loh Pak which is a type of daikon radish. The cakes are first steamed, then pan fried giving each slice a crispy exterior.
2 1/2 to 3 C coarsely shredded daikon (around 1 1/2 to 2 lbs)
1 red carrot - shredded
2 Chinese sausage - finely diced
3 dried shiitake mushrooms - soak in hot water and finely diced
3 Tbsp small dried shrimp - soak in water and finely chopped
2 shallots - thinly sliced
2 green onion - thinly sliced
2 cup rice flour (do not use glutinous rice flour)
1 3/4 cup water
salt and white pepper to taste
1) Mix rice flour with 1 cup of water.
2) Heat 2 tsp of oil in a skillet or wok and stir fry shallots, Chinese sausage,mushroom, shrimp, and green onion for 2 to 3 minutes. Add daikon, 3/4 cup of water, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then add in the rice flour mixture.
3) Continue to stir until mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
4) Pour mixture into a well greased square or round pan and steam over high heat for 45 minutes.
5) Cool or chill overnight. After cooling, cut the cake into 1/4 in slices and pan fry until both sides are golden brown.
6) Serve with chili sauce.