Radish Cake in Bowl (萝卜糕)

I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of savory Chinese style kuih. I always walk pass stalls selling such kuih as if they are non-existent, and when my mom cooked the kuih, I would come up with excuses, so that I do not have to eat it. I can't even remember when was the last time I had soon kueh (picture here) or yam cake, well, probably years ago. So when I saw the recipe of radish cake in a cookbook since few months back, I was hesitant to try it out, even though the picture looks darn attractive.

Since I'll be having dinner alone today, I wanted to prepare something simple and so I thought this is the time to give the recipe a try. I have to say that I quite like the radish cake, it is smooth and soft, and full of favour. I'm now thinking of making it again some time soon, and for the next attempt, I will cut the cake into slices and pan-fry it!

Radish Cake in Bowl Recipe (萝卜糕)

850g radish
1 chinese sausage (chopped coarsely)
2 Chinese dried mushroom (soaked and diced)
30g dried shrimps
1 dried scallop (soaked and tear to shreds)

90g rice flour
60g cornstarch
300ml water

1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
pepper, to taste

30g dried shrimps (chopped)
1 stalk spring onion (chopped)
1 red chilli (chopped)

1) To make topping, saute the dried shrimps with 2 tbs of oil, dish it up and ready to use.
2) Peel the radish and cut into shreds. Place shredded radish with 200ml of water in a pot, bring to boil. Reduce to low heat and cook for another 10 minutes.
3) Mix all ingredients for batter, sieve and set aside.
4) Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok, stir fry chinese sausage, mushroom, dried shrimps and dried scallop until aromatic. Add in cooked radish and seasoning, toss well.
5) Add in batter mixture, stirring well over medium heat until the batter is thickened.
6) Spoon the mixture into small bowls. Steam for 25 minutes.
7) Dish out, leave to cool, serve with topping and sprinkle with chopped spring onions and red chillies.


ioyces said…
wow!! beautiful presentation!!!
Ning's Mummy said…
Wow wow.. you made a simple radish cake look so delicious, i wanna try making this too.. err.. that means i must get some nice nice small bowl first :)

btw, after steaming, when cooling the rashish cake, will there be water formed from vapour in the bowl?
Edith said…
wow brilliant idea. Next time when I do mine, I will definitely try your method.
Rasa Malaysia said…
Recently in a Shanghai restaurant in Penang, I had seafood fried radish cake, it was very good. Better than kuih kak I reckon. :)
Anonymous said…
Is tis e HK style radish cake? i prefer it than the fried one. Hee.. Btw, wher's my cheese crackers? hee...
Anonymous said…
Yummy. I adore this!
That looks scrumptious! I've never had that dish...


Piggy said…
Hi Ioyces,


Hi Ning's mummy,

haha, don't have to get nice bowls lah, any bowl will do. ;-)

I don't see water on the cake after cooling. You can try it out.

Hi Edith,

This version is actually softer than those selling in the stalls. That's why it has to be in the bowls, I guess. It really taste better, you should try it out.

Hi Bee,

Wow, is the shanghainese radish cake that good? Since there's seafood in it, I bet the taste must be heavenly... ;-)

Dear R (why R huh?),

No, don't think this is the HK version... not sure where it's originated from though.

As for your cheese crackers... don't worry, I'll surely make a batch for u!

Hi Mycookinghut & Rosa,

Thanks! It's yummy indeed... :-)