Saturday, November 6, 2010

Radish/Daikon/Turnip/Law Pak Koh

"Law Pak' is in cantonese and in english it has been termed radish, daikon or turnip. This is a delicious savory Cake served in dim sum houses throughtout the year and most auspiciously, on Chinese New Year's Day as a symbol of prosperity and rising fortunes.

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500g radish(白萝卜)
15g tung min flour (澄面粉)
150g rice flour (粘米粉)
20g corn starch (太白粉)
500ml water
2 nos. shallots, sliced
40g dried shrimps
1-2 nos. chinese preserved sausages (腊肠)
4 nos. dried mushrooms
2 tbsp oil, for frying
A little oil for greasing

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
Pepper, to taste


Shred turnip. Set aside.

Clean and soak both dried shrimps and dried mushrooms until soften. Chop dried shrimps slightly. Cut mushrooms into small cubes.

Cut sausages into small cubes.

Grease a pan with some oil.

Place tung min flour, rice flour and corn starch in a mixing bowl. Pour water into flours and stir well.

Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a pan/wok and fry these ingredients by order ,remove and set aside, first the sausages , then the shallots, lastly dried shrimps. Without removing the dried shrimps, add in the mushrooms and then the shredded radish.

Season with the seasoning ingredients.

Pour the flour mixture into the pan. Cook until the mixture thickens.

Place the thick batter into the greased pan prepared earlier.

Steam at high fire for 1 hour.

Set aside. Slice when turnip cake is cool.

Cake can be served as is or pan fried and best eaten with chilly sauce.


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