Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chinese Carrot Cake

The name of this dish is Chinese Carrot Cake. However contrary to its name, "carrot cake", this particular dish does not contain any carrots at all and is not a cake in the usual sense of the word. The "carrot" in this recipe is actually white radish or "lobak" in Chinese. It is a savoury dish rather than a sweet and you can usually find this in most dim sum eateries. It is also sold in hawker stalls in Singapore and Malaysia. I love this dish a lot and to me the ideal Chinese Carrot Cake should have lots of ingredients, be moist and soft and served with a delicious sauce.

lobak 2

lobak 3

Chinese Carrot Cake
Recipe adapted from "Our Favourite Recipes"


1 kg white radish (white lobak), shredded finely
300g yambean (bangkuang), shredded finely
350g rice flour
3 Tbsp cornflour
3 1/3 cup water
40g Chinese dried mushroom, soaked for 15 minutes, steams removed and sliced finely
60g dried prawns, roughly chopped
90g Chinese sausage (lap cheung) diced
60g lean pork, boiled and diced
Vegetable oil

For Garnishing:
4 shallots, sliced adn fried until golden brown
1 sprig coriander leaves, chopped finely
2 chillies, chopped finely


1) Heat 2 Tbsp oil in wok until hot. Fry mushroom, dried prawns, sausage and pork until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Add salt to taste, remove and set aside.

2) Then add the shredded radish and yambean into the wok and fry, stirring continously, till dry.

3) Add the ingredients from (1) to radish and yambean mixture. Mix well and set aside.

4) In a large mixing bowl, mix rice flour and cornflour. Gradually add water to the mixture and stir well to form a paste.

5) Add all the fried ingredients from (3) to the paste.

6) Oil a round 10" tin. Pour mixture into the tin and steam for 1 hour. Test with skewer. When ready, the skewer should come out clean.

7) Sprinkle crispy shallots. chopped chillies and coriander leaves on top of the cake. Garnish immediately whilst still hot to allow the garnishing to stick to the cake.

8) Allow cake to cool slightly before cutting into slices or cubes. Serve warm with either chilli sauce or a sweet sauce. The remaining cake can be wrapped and refrigerated. Cut out serving portions as required and steam before eating.

lobak 4


Honey Bee Sweets said...

Love the generous amount of Chinese sausage inside, yumyum! I always love these kind of savory kueh...steam or fried, love itvall. :)

Anncoo said...

I love this type of carrot cake, always a must to order when my family had dimsum. Very beautiful click!

Esther said...

Mmm, they taste especially nice when they are pan fried. :) Great presentation.

chef_d said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I've been looking for a good "carrot" cake recipe

MaryMoh said... favourite! Yours must be very delicious with so much ingredients there...yum I love it pan fried and eat with chili sauce...yum

ICook4Fun said...

I made this too a few weeks ago too and freezed some of it. I usually like to stir-fry it with eggs and chai poh. Love your presentation and pictures as always.

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh, I love this very much! Looks so nice! Suddenly has this craving now... :p

Bakertan said...

hey Jo,

I wanna have some of these. There is so much 'liao' in your carrot cake. Makes me hungry.

Angie's Recipes said...

I love them just fresh out of the steamer or even better: pan-fried!

tigerfish said...

Oh, the steamed version that is hardly served in dim-sum restaurants (they usually have the pan-fried version)! Yay! I enjoy steamed and pan-fried but I miss the steamed ones.

Kitchen Corner said...

Carrot cake and yum cake are my favorite savory dish. Eat the steam while it's fresh and fry the leftover one. Both are great!!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Jo, so much "liao" in your carrot cake, looks so nice!

pigpigscorner said...

I like this too! So good with some chili sauce.

Anonymous said...

I prefer carrot cake than yam cake. So excited to see your recipe. Yours look so good. I must try it soon.

noobcook said...

oh my, I love this a lot, gonna try it out when free. Love the way you garnish on top with the spring onions and sliced chilli. May i ask what's yambean?

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