Monday, March 19, 2007

recipe is: yam cake

Yam cake

i got this recipe from audrey's cooking site and i tweaked it a wee bit here and there to suit my own palate. i'm sure her original recipe is just as great :-)


1 medium size yam, skinned, rinsed and cubed into about 1cm-sized pieces
5 shallots, skinned and thinly sliced
3 tbsp dried shrimps, rinsed and wrapped in kitchen napkins to soak off excess moisture
1 tbsp choy poh(pickled white radish), use the finely chopped ones
100 gm rice flour
2 tbsp tapioca flour
550 ml water
salt to taste
1 1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
fine grounded white pepper


steam yam for about 15 mins. remove from steamer and set aside

heat wok/frying pan, put in about 3 tbsp oil and stir fry shallots until lightly golden brown. turn down heat and quickly remove half of the shallots to set aside, leaving the other half and the oil in the wok/pan

add dried shrimps, stir fry for a couple of minutes and add yam, salt, choy poh, 5 spice powder and pepper. stir fry for a few minutes to let the flavour fuse. dish up and set aside

combine rice flour, tapioca flour and a big pinch of salt and the water in a saucepan and stir til the mixture is smooth and lump free. place saucepan over a low heat and keep stirring continuously with a fork to keep it lump free. it will thicken. once it thickens, remove from the heat and add in the yam combo and stir to mix thoroughly. pour the whole mixture into a 20 cm cake tin and steam for 25 mins. make sure that the water in the steamer is at a bubbling boil when you put in the yam mixture

cool, and garnish with thinly sliced red chillies and spring onions and the fried shallots. serve with a chilli sauce of your choice

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