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Chinese New Year Turnip Cake

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Chinese New Year Turnip Cake
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Really more like a bread than a cake, this recipe is traditionally made during the Chinese New Year season. It can also be found in dim sum restaurants throughout the year.

Serves 4 - 6


  • 2 1/2 pounds lo bak (Chinese white radish), or substitute turnips
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups long-grain rice flour
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon scallion, chopped fine
  • 4 dried black mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup dried shrimp, chopped fine, soaked in 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 4 Chinese sausages, chopped fine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese parsley (cilantro) chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


Peel and grate turnips. Simmer in 1 cup water for about 1 hour, or until tender.

Mix rice flour and turnips in bowl until consistency of thick oatmeal. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix well. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in wok. Stir-fry scallion, mushrooms, shrimps and sausages and add to turnip mixture.

Add salt, sugar, and pepper. Mix thoroughly

Grease a 6 inch by 9 inch cake pan. Pour mixture into it. Sprinkle with parsley and sesame seeds. Place on rack in steamer. Steam over briskly boiling water 1 hour.

When cold, refrigerate overnight.

To serve, slice 1/4 inch thick, 2 inches wide, and 3 inches long. Fry slices in 1 tablespoon oil until golden brown. Serve hot.

Reprinted with permission from Madame Wong's Long-life Chinese Cookbook
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 3 out of 5
Hong Kong Dim Sum Turnip Cake, Member CharlesHRooney

I have had this many times. I first tried it in Hong Kong and just can not get enough. I now go to the Dim Sum Restuarant in Chicago China Town for the same turnip cake. If you can not get there then try this recipe as it is very good. Not quite as good as the Hong Kong restuarants but still worth making. Also a good dim sum dipping sauce or Hoisin Sauce will compliment this turnip cake.

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