Sunday, 21 October 2012

Chinese Radish Cake

I was craving for Steam Yam Cake and has planned to make it today.  Unfortunately, when I went to the fresh market this morning, I can't find any yam and a bit disappointed.  So, I decided to change my plan.  I go for Radish Cake instead, another type of cake that is very popular among the Chinese community.

The wonderful part of this steamed radish cake is, you may not only choose to eat just straight away with some garnishing of chopped spring onion, fried crispy shallot and dried shrimps on top, you even can choose to cut it into into slices and pan-fry it before you dip it with some sources....yummy! 

If you wish to challenge yourself further, there is another way that's very popular in Malaysia - stir fry it.  Cut the steamed radish cake in about 1 cm cubes and stir fried with chopped garlic, dried shrimps, beat in an egg and some soy sauce and fried until its turn brown and fragrant.  For those who love it with some spicy taste, you may even add in some chili paste to fry together.  What about adding some bean sprout in it?  Good isn't it? This will be a perfect savory snack that goes well with a cup of tea.  So, lets find out the basic steps in how to steam the radish cake before you venture to next step of alternative way of eating.


600 gm radish, grated
300 gm rice flour
600 ml water
Some salt to taste

150 ml water
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp ground white pepper
50 gm dried shrimps, soaked and chopped
6 shallots, sliced thinly

Some spring onion, chopped
Fried dried shrimps
Fried shallot
Red chili, cut into tiny strips


1.  Boil the grated radish in a saucepan with water for about 5 minutes.  Drain.

2.  Place the boiled radish in a saucepan, add in all ingredients in (B) and simmer over low
     heat until the radish turns soft and almost all the liquid has dried.  This will take about 20
     - 30 minutes.

3.   Mix the rice flour, salt and water to form into a batter.

4.   Fry the sliced shallots until crispy, once done, set aside.  Follow by frying the dried
       shrimps using the left over oil, fried until fragrant.

5.   Combine the batter, half of the crispy shallot and dried shrimps in the radish mixture,
      then cook over with low heat until it turns into thick or sticky paste.

6.  Pour the mixture into a greased square cake tin, make the surface smooth and steam
     over for about an hour or until cooked.

7.  Once cooked, leave it to cold thoroughly before cutting into slices or cubes.


  1. Thanks for sharing part of your culture through your dish, Faye. I would never think to put these flavors together!

    1. Is worth for you to try it out, Cindy. It does taste good! Thank you for dropping by.

  2. I love these raddish cakes and feel like taking a bite right now :) So so yumm!!! Would love to try this sometime Seet Fei!

    1. Hahaha....I wish you can taste it too! Thank you Soni!