Turnip Cake

July 09, 2020
Chinese turnip cake is a popular Chinese dim sum dish.

Chinese Turnip Cake

Turnip Cake or Lo Bak Guo is a very traditional savoury dish served in Cantonese Yum Cha or dim sum eateries.

What is Turnip Cake made of?

Turnip cake is made of shredded daikon or radish, cooked with mince chicken, dried prawns and rice flour batter.
Radish cake is the lesser known name to this delightful savoury cake.
In some places, turnip cake is known as carrot cake.  

Turnip Cake

How to Cook Turnip Cake?

It is kind of lengthy process as it involved cooking the batter, steam and then pan fry. 
Seems like you have to jump hoops and hurdles just to enjoy this famous savoury bites.

But do not be despair, it is WORTH it!!!

I have listed down the ingredients and the methodology in the Recipe Card below.

But let me give you a quick run through using these photos below.
At least it will be less daunting for you to try :D!

1) Clean, grate and cook radish or daikon
Fresh turnip
Grate Turnip
Cook turnip

2) Saute chopped garlic, minced dried shrimps and mince chicken
Saute chopped garlic, minced dried shrimps and mince chicken for turnip cake

3) Add cooked Radish 
Saute chopped garlic, minced dried shrimps and mince chicken then add turnip

4) Add batter and cooked until thicken (5 minutes approximate)
Saute chopped garlic, minced dried shrimps and mince chicken then add turnip and flour batter

5) Prepare heatproof dish for steaming
Prepare heatproof dish for steaming the turnip cake

steaming turnip cake

6) Once cooled, cut into thick square and pan fry 
Cut and slice turnip cake

pan fry turnip cake

And it is all done!!
Lo bak guo

How do you steam Turnip cake?

I used a steamer as shown in the photo above and in the video below. 

You can find a steamer easily in the market, may not necessary look like the one I have.
You may use the bamboo steamer that sits well in any of your pots.

What do you serve Turnip Cake with?

Turnip cake is best serve with sweet chilli sauce.
And its best serve when it is just pan-fried!!!

Recipe for chinese turnip cake

What to do with leftover Turnip cake?

One of the main ingredients in making turnip cake is rice flour, so if you reside in tropical country or in summer, I strongly suggest to store these gorgeous golden square of turnip cake in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator.

How Do I reheat Turnip Cake?

The best way to reheat the turnip cake is to pan-fry them again on low heat.
But do be careful, as you may ended up with very charred turnip cake.

My prefer method to re-heat is always my trustworthy microwave oven. Heat up for at least 20 second.
Again this re-heat method is very much depending on your microwave. 
Do check with manufacturer manual book for your microwave.

Daikon cake

Other Dim Sum dish that you may like to try at home.

  1. Red Bean Steam Buns
  2. Savoury Yam cake
  3. Phoenix Claws
  4. Golden Fried Wontons
  5. Baked Chicken Buns (Siew Bao)
  6. Chives Parcels

Video

The steps seems endless?
Not to worry, I have a full video showing steps by steps to make this mouth watering turnip Cake.



Turnip Cake

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Turnip Cake
Yield: 6-8
Author: Lisa Ho
Chinese turnip cake is a popular Chinese dim sum dish.

Ingredients:

  • 500-600g of radish- shred finely
  • 2 garlic - chopped
  • 3 tablespoon of dried prawns - soaked and chopped
  • 120g of chicken breast - diced
  • salt and white pepper for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice
  • 300g rice flour
  • 75g tapioca flour
  • 4 cups of water (including water from cooking radish)
  • For garnishing ~ chopped chillies, thinly sliced spring onions, golden fried shallots
  • Chilli Sauce to serve

Instructions:

  1. Place the shredded radish in a medium size pot with 1 cup of water, boil until the radish is soft and tender. Drain the cooked radish and reserve the water (to be added on to the water above to make 4 cups of water). Leave it to cool.
  2. Mix the 2 flours and the water together. Sieve.
  3. Heat up wok, add oil and stir fry chopped garlic and dried prawns until aromatic.
  4. Add in diced chicken. Cook until the chicken is slightly opaque in colour.
  5. Add cooked radish, batter and seasonings.
  6. Meanwhile... spray some oil onto the tray and prepare the steamer. Steam the tray for few minutes.
  7. Continue stirring the batter until thickened.
  8. Lower the heat and pour the batter into the heated greased tray and steam for 45 minutes to an hour.
  9. Leave it to cool. Cut into slices.
  10. Heat up the wok with 1/2 cup of cooking oil and fry the radish slices till golden colour on both sides.
  11. Garnish and serve with chilli sauce.
Calories
294.94
Fat (grams)
1.77
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.47
Carbs (grams)
57.46
Fiber (grams)
3.17
Net carbs
54.30
Sugar (grams)
4.06
Protein (grams)
11.19
Sodium (milligrams)
262.15
Cholesterol (grams)
26.56
radish cake, turnip cake, lo ba gou, dim sum , kuih lobak putih
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Chinese turnip cake is a popular Chinese dim sum dish. Its called turnip cake but this cake only uses radish or daikon.
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Original post published on 17th May 2011

This is what happened when 2 cultures meet... we have vast selection of food to cook... thus enjoy.

Sometimes we just dont know where to start or which to choose from... as there are so many 'childhood' favourites that we want our kids to appreciate with some glimmer of hope that one day... they will reminisce their younger days through their tastebuds too...

H grew up with Chinese food... while I grew up with Malay and Indian food. Between the 2 of us... we 'practically' have 'Malaysia Gastronomic' in our kitchen...
Note : I am dropping the 'Mr and Miss' from now on... to be less formal and less alphabets for me to type...

And Radish Cake~ one of Chinese delicacies... that would have come 'unnoticed' to me... until H came along...

D formerly known as Mr H Jr and E were introduced to Radish Cake on our trip to Kuala Lumpur in January this year... they loved it... especially D, who adores deep fried food... between them... they almost finished the Radish Cake in record time...

Two hungry teens! Looking at D and E ate so heartily... and 2 packets weren't sufficient for both...I made a mental note to get H to cook Radish Cake when we returned home...

Nearly 4 months after our trip... the kids were delighted when we presented them... with Radish Cakes...
Believe me ... when I say that these little delights are addictive, and we finished it all, in record time too...





Comments

  1. Wow I love the radish cake .... perfect. And the clicks are gorgeous .... delicious !!

    Absolutely gr8 blog ... I am following u :)

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Lisa, I am glad to find your blog. You have a lovely blog with lots of fabulous shots of the food you made. Great presentation, composition and food styling. My family love raddish cake especially my Quay Lo. Yours definitely looks mouth watering worthy and your photos has brought out the"yummiliciousness" of it. You bet I will be back again when my eyes are hungry for a feast.

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  3. So fancy with the green onion bow! ;)
    I love these at dim sum time. And your version looks even more tasty.

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  4. This reminds me of dim sum, which I absolutely love! I can't wait to attempt this recipe. Hopefully it'll turn out just as good as your's.

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  5. Your radish cakes look and sounds so flavorful and tasty. Great photos!

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  6. Satrupa
    awww.... thank you dear :D

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  7. Quay Po Cooks
    Thank you for your compliment...
    *blushing* ~ help me to build up my confidence :)

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  8. Carolyn Jung
    these are addictive... ;)

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  9. gluttonandstudent
    Happy trying :D
    and do let me know how it turn out :)

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  10. This is carrot cake kan? I like it when they fried like char kuay teow. Not healthy but certainly delicious.

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  11. Flower,
    It is not carrot cake but radish or lobak putih.
    I know the ones you mentioned ~fried like char kuey teow... the cubes were made of rice flour... that one is good too :)

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  12. Wow! Love the presentation!

    I would have never thought of tying the boring looking radish cake with spring onion. Mannn, u have totally elevated the radish cake to a whole new level altogether! ;)

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  13. Hello Lisa, I am so happy to "meet" you and your blog. It is a lovely, welcoming place full of deliciousness! I am sure I'll be back often. Thank you so much for joining us in our Muhibbah Malaysian Monday event. Hooray, another Aussie eh? And those radish cakes look absolutely mouthwatering.

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  14. Sherie
    hehehe... to'chieh to'chieh

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  15. shaz
    Happy to meet you too Shaz :D
    and thank you for your great effort putting together MMM.

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  16. E loves K-pop LOLOLMay 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Mommmy, This is your Daughter E....
    Please make more (:

    Love,
    E (hehe)

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