芋頭糕 Taro Cake


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Taro Cake
Taro cake (simplified Chinese: 芋头糕; traditional Chinese: 芋頭糕; pinyin: yùtóu gāo; Cantonese Yale: wuhtáu gōu) is a Chinese dish made from the vegetable taro. While it is denser in texture than radish cakes, both these savory cakes made in a similar ways, with rice flour as the main ingredient. When served in dim sum cuisine, it is cut into square-shaped slices and pan-fried before serving. It is found in Hong Kong, China, and overseas Chinatowns restaurants. Other ingredients often include pork and Chinese black mushroom, or even Chinese sausages. It is commonly topped with chopped scallions.
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Seasonings
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Seasonings
Instructions
  1. Microwave taro on HIGH for 8-10 minutes or until softened. Lightly mash and set aside.
  2. Heat wok over high heat until hot. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil to coat sides.
  3. Add shallot, shrimp, mushrooms, sausage, and green onion; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes and set aside.
  4. Combine rice flour and water; use a whisk to break up lumps. Add potato starch, salt and boiling water and stir. Gradually add mashed taro, seasonings and mushroom mixture, mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour taro mixture into a greased rectangular casserole. Cover and steam over high heat for 30 minutes or microwave on MEDIUM for 10-12 minutes or until set.
  6. Unmold taro cake onto cutting board. Cut in half lengthwise and into 2-inch squares.
  7. Heat wok over medium heat until hot. Swirl in remaining oil to coat sides. Pan fry taro squares for 2 minutes on each side or until light brown. Serve with chili sauce.
Recipe Notes

From Blissful Cooking by Martin Yan. 2001.

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