Making Turnip Cake before Lunar New Year was our family heritage for decades. But since we moved out, we didn’t join this family event for quite a while. In this year, we decided to learn how to make it from my parents and so here comes our family turnip cake recipe. Hope everyone can enjoy the fun of making turnip cake with family!
自家製賀年蘿蔔糕 Home Made Turnip Cake
Our family version of turnip cake is fluffy and has clean flavour of turnip. The good taste of it involves a number of techniques in steps like portion adjustment, peeling the turnips and cooking of the turnip dough
Here are the ingredients for 3 tin trays of turnip cake. 4kg of turnip, 600g of rice flour, 200g of wheat flour, Chinese sausage x2 and a piece of Chinese cured meat (cut in half here), 70g of dried shrimps (soaked in water) and some sesame (fried)
Put the sausages and the cured meat into boiling water and briefly boil the outer grease away
Slice the sausage
And then dice it
Do the same for the cured meat but remember to cut away the skin
We don’t need to dice it too tiny because we are going to stir fry it and it will release oil and diminish
Heat some oil and then add the dried shrimps in. Cook with medium heat until they are aromatic (keep the water soaking the shrimps)
sausage and cured meat in. Sautee until aromatic and then put it aside
Here comes the main character of our turnip cake. Trim away the two ends of the turnip
Then we peel off the skin of the turnip. A trick to make better turnip cake is to peel away the outer part of the turnip until we can see the net pattern of the turnip. This is to remove the source of bitterness of the turnip
Around 20% of the turnip was peeled away
After peeling off the skin, we can chop the turnip into pieces for easier peeling of the whole turnip. This is the funniest part of making turnip cake. In our version we peel all the turnip into small slices. In some versions, we can chop some of the turnip in to larger pieces to give extra layer of texture to the turnip cake
After that we squeeze out the juice of the turnip and put the dried turnip aside
Then we have a bowl of dried turnip and a bowl of turnip juice
Add 600g of rice flour and 200g of wheat flour into the turnip juice. We can also add the shrimp-soaking water in
Stir well the mixture
Then we can sautee the turnip. Medium heat on and add some oil into a pot. Sautee the turnip until it turns aromatic
Season the turnip. Add 3 tsp of salt, 3 tsp of chicken powder, 2 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of pepper powder
Add half of the preserved meat and continue to stir fry it.
Switch to low heat and then add the flour mixture. Stir well
Cook until the dough comes sticky like as shown. Remember to switch to low heat after adding the flour mixture to prevent it from getting charred
Apply some oil on the tin trays
Pour the dough in
Steam for 45 mins
Stab a chopstick and see if the dough sticks on it. If no, that means the turnip cake is done
Add the rest of the preserved meat as topping
And finally add some sesame
To serve it, cut some pieces out and stir fry them. You may dip the turnip cake into XO sauce or chilli sauce. The cake goes very well with chicken congee. You may consider also make that
Wish everyone a happy Lunar New Year!
Steamed fish is like a must have item for a Chinese festival meal. Have you ever tried waterless steamed fish? It’s a fantastic way to cook a fish!
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