Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fried Radish Cake/Char Chai Tau Kueh

I have so many backlogs in my files. I have to really sit down one day and clear up everything. I’ve been so busy for the past weeks with cooking, baking, cleaning the house, etc. Now everything is back to normal again. Even the weather is getting better. So far no sign of any snow so no shoveling for this week. Thank God for that.

I cooked this dish many months ago and I just found the pictures in one of the many files. It is known as Char Chai Tau Kueh or Fried Radish Cake. This famous hawker food is made from steamed radish cake and then stir fried with pickle radish, bean sprout, chilies, chives and eggs. This dish is popular during Chinese New Year too and since it is still CNY I might as well post it here ;).


1 1/2 cups of diced radish cake – you can get the recipe here
2 cloves garlic – chopped
2 tbsp chopped preserved turnip (chai poh)
1 red chili – cut small
A handful of bean sprout
Small bunch of Chinese chives – cut into 1” lengths
1 egg


2 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp dark soy sauce
½ tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Using and non-stick frying pan, heat up about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Pan fried the diced radish cake until lightly brown on both sides.
2. Remove the cakes and set it aside. Heat up another 1 tbsp of olive oil, add in the garlic and pickle radish. Stir fry until fragrant.
3. Add the pan fried radish cakes back into the pan, add in all the seasonings and mix well. Push the radish cakes to the side of the pan and crack in the eggs. Give it a quick scramble and let it set a little. Mix in the radish cakes. Add in the bean sprout and chives. Give it a few quick stir fry and dish out and serve warm.

Note: It is better to prepare the radish cake overnight before frying it.

I am entering this post in the Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.


ann low said...

Gert, I love your radish cake, so delicious with bean sprout and chives which we only add chai poh and shrimps here.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Lovely! I love char cha tau kuih.

lena said...

yummy! i used to buy this from the pasar malam whenever they have this..nowadays i seldom go pasar malam but still i will have this every now and then at one of the dim sum restaurants here in ipoh.

Victor said...

I love radish cakes! Yummy!

MaryMoh said... favourite. I can eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner :P

Jeannie said...

I love this too, can never resist buying some whenever I see it in the market.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hmmm... I should really consider making a tray of chai tau kueh...

Shereen said...

Our favourite...even Sam Boy.When we were still living in Msia,I used to buy a packet just for him as he's very choosy with food.With this fried radish cake,no need to scold or force feed him..he will willingly eat on his own.I like mine extra chow-tah.Melaka version do not have tauge and chives though.Yours look good...will try out your recipe one of these days.

j3ss kitch3n said...

this is seriously my favorite beyond words!! i love them!

Nasifriet said...

One of my favourite dishes. Good thing is we can make the radish cake in advance, freeze it, if not used. But I guess the cake will finish within a day or two! :-)

ICook4Fun said...

Anncoo, I like it too. The next time I make this I will add some shrimps to it.

LCOM, thanks.

Lena, yes easy to get this at pasar malam. The dim sum place here serve it pan fried rather than our pasar malam style :)

Victor, me too :)

Mary, ha ha... make a bit tray and you can have it for the whole day.

Jeannie, yea I too have a soft spot for this kueh.

Shirley, yes this kueh freeze well.

Shereen, oh that boy pandai makan this kueh. I too like it chow tah ha ha..we have very similar taste in food.

Jess, ha ha I love them too.

Nasifriet, thanks for stopping by. Just went over to your blog and love it a lot.

Lisa Ho said...

Love this... our every Friday night dinner (once upon a time)... from pasar malam

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

one of my pasar malam favourite!!salut to you to make this at home!! I also have so many backlogs.furthermore nowdays I have to cook daily since MIL is here..but don't have the mood to take photos everyday or every meal....kind of lazy and busy..

A Taste of Memories-- Echo's Kitchen said...

hey... I am a fellow Malaysian living in NJ!Its nice seeing you here... love your blog....

shaz said...

Sounds like you had a busy time :) This is my mum's favourite dish.Your version looks so good.