Pleasantly surprised that we had success on first try of making carrot cake at home!! <3 Finally we can have some freshly made dim sum-carrot cake 萝卜糕 in the comfort of our home and it is not that difficult to make.
Googled and looked through a few recipes so as to find the simplest and fuss free one and decided to try the Dim Sum Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go) ขนมผักกาด from Pailin’s Kitchen.
All the ingredients needed to make the carrot cake is as shown in the pic above.
- 750g of white radish, julienned
- 130g of rice flour
- 1Tbsp + 1 tsp tapioca starch
- One Chinese sausage – we used the chicken one so that my helper can eat too
- 3 dried mushroom, soaked and diced
- 2 Tbps dried shrimp, soaked and diced
- water from soaking the mushroom and shrimp
Of course you will need some seasoning which includes:
- 1, 1 tsp sugar
- 2. 1/4 tsp salt
- 3. 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
You can adjust the amount of seasoning to your own liking for seasoned cooks but for noobs like me, the above was a good gauge.
We were supposed to render the fat from Chinese sausage but since the one we had was the super lean chicken version (the only one available in NTUC that does not have pork in it!), we had to add about 3-4 Tbsp of shallot oil just so that we can cook the shrimp and mushroom.
Once the mix is fragrant, remove them from wok.
Next, stir fry the julienned white radish. Once it is a little cooked, add in the water from soaking the mushroom and shrimps and shimmer it till it is cooked. Drained the liquid from the daikon and set aside.
Liquid from the daikon.
Wait for the liquid to cool down a bit before adding the rice flour and tapioca starch and mixed well.
Add the drained daikon back to the wok, turn on a small flame, add the sausage, mushroom and dried dried mixture and seasoning and mix well. Then add the flour and daikon liquid to this and mix till they are well combined.
Put the radish mix into well greased container/pan (we used a square glass one as this is the only one that can fit into my steamer properly :P) and steam for 1hr and check that the middle is cooked.
A pic my helper whatsapp-ed me after the steaming was done as I was in a meeting. Looks good!
When i was done working but my parents couldn’t wait to get a taste of it! 😛
It was a tad firmer than I had expected eating it like that (<2hrs after steaming) but I am happy with the result from the first try. Will probably have to make it a few more times with tweaks to get to the texture we wanted.
Decided to pan fry some and it tasted great! Crispy outside and soft inside. Softer than if we were to eat it freshly cut!