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Steamed Yam Cake

Bear Naked Food Steamed Yam Cake

Steamed yam cake is a favorite in many Asian countries with a large Chinese population such as Malaysia and Singapore. It is also popular in places such as Hong Kong and southern China. It is one of the items popular in ‘dim sum’ and is delicious as much as it is healthy.

Bear Naked Food Steamed Yam Cake

 

Steamed yam cake is not difficult to make, all you need is a little time. It is extremely relaxing and gratifying to make this dish, and is the perfect food to make on cold, rainy days. The trick to achieving a soft, smooth cake is not to overcook the batter before steaming. When you feel a slight resistance during the stirring process, that is when you know the batter is ready. The batter continues to thicken even when you kill the heat so this is the only step you should be mindful.

This is the consistency you are looking for.

If you would like to make a vegetarian version of this dish, simply remove the dried shrimps and chicken stock powder, and substitute with vegetable stock powder and more mushrooms.

Bear Naked Food Steamed Yam Cake

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 small yam (approx. 250 g) – peeled and diced finely
4 dried mushrooms – soaked in 600 ml warm water for 1 hour
1 tbsp dried shrimp – soaked in warm water for 30 mins, chopped
2 cloves garlic – minced

Seasoning:
½ tsp five spice powder
2 tsp soy sauce
¼ tsp sugar
¼ tsp pepper
Pinch of salt
Cooking oil

Flour batter:
70 g rice flour
30 g tapioca starch
600 ml soaking water from mushroom
¼ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp chicken powder
Dash of white pepper

Garnish:
Fried onion
Sliced Red Chilli
Toasted sesame seeds
Chilli sauce

serves 4 – 5

 

The line up.

Cut off the white top of the yam and use a sharp knife to trim away the skin.

 

Slice and cut into small cubes.

 

Prepare the rest of the ingredients and set aside.

I’m using dried Japanese mushroom for more intense flavor.

Mix the ingredients for the flour batter together (except mushroom water) in a bowl.

 

In a large wok or pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and add in yam. Season with a pinch of salt and white pepper and cook for about 5 mins, until lightly browned. Remove and set aside in a large bowl.

 

Add 1 tbsp oil and sauté dried shrimp and garlic together until fragrant for 1 min.

 

Toss in chopped mushroom and seasonings. Cook for another 2 mins and add the ingredients to the yam. Mix well.

 

Allow the wok to cool for 5 mins before adding in the mushroom water and mixed flour batter. Stir well with a spatula.

 

Turn on heat and add in yam ingredients.

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring continuously.

 

When you feel a slight resistance when stirring, turn off the heat.

This is the consistency you are looking for.

Continue to stir and it will thicken up further into a paste.

Lightly grease a 6-inch square or round pan and spread out the yam cake evenly.


Steam on a rack over boiling water for 45 to 50 mins, until firm.


The yam cake will be translucent during steaming and will turn opaque when cooled.


Allow to cool for 1 hour to firm up before cutting.

Garnish with chopped spring onions, fried onions, toasted sesame seeds and red cut chilli.

Serve with your favorite chilli sauce.

Bear Naked Food Steamed Yam Cake

 

Bear Naked Food Steamed Yam Cake

 

 

Steamed Yam Cake
 
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Author:
Recipe type: Chinese
Serves: serves 5
Ingredients
  • 1 small yam (approx. 250 g) – peeled and diced finely
  • 4 dried mushrooms – soaked in 600 ml warm water for 1 hour
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimp – soaked in warm water for 30 mins, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • Seasoning:
  • ½ tsp five spice powder
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour batter:
  • 70 g rice flour
  • 30 g tapioca starch
  • 600 ml soaking water from mushroom
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chicken powder
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Garnish:
  • Fried onion
  • Sliced Red Chilli
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Chilli sauce
Instructions
  1. Cut off the white top of the yam and use a sharp knife to trim away the skin.
  2. Slice and cut into small cubes.
  3. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mix the ingredients for the flour batter together (except mushroom water) in a bowl.
  5. In a large wok or pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and add in yam. Season with a pinch of salt and white pepper and cook for about 5 mins, until lightly browned. Remove and set aside in a large bowl.
  6. Add 1 tbsp oil and sauté dried shrimp and garlic together until fragrant for 1 min.
  7. Toss in chopped mushroom and seasonings. Cook for another 2 mins and add the ingredients to the yam. Mix well.
  8. Allow the wok to cool for 5 mins before adding in the mushroom water and mixed flour batter. Stir well with a spatula.
  9. Turn on heat and add in yam ingredients.
  10. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  11. When you feel a slight resistance when stirring, turn off the heat.
  12. Continue to stir and it will thicken up further into a paste.
  13. Lightly grease a 6-inch square or round pan and spread out the yam cake evenly.
  14. Steam on a rack over boiling water for 45 to 50 mins, until firm.
  15. The yam cake will be translucent during steaming and will turn opaque when cooled.
  16. Allow to cool for 1 hour to firm up before cutting.
  17. Garnish with chopped spring onions, fried onions, toasted sesame seeds and red cut chilli.
  18. Serve with your favorite chilli sauce.

 

 

Darren

Darren

Contributing Author at Bear Naked Food
Our newest writer Darren cites culinary exploring, gluttony and food writing to be his greatest passions. With an avid interest in cuisine, culture and food history, Darren ironically states that he never thought of himself as chef material. Despite graduating from culinary school, he ascertains that he will always be more of a home cook. Instead, he aims to pursue a future career in food marketing, food journalism and food trading.
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Our newest writer Darren cites culinary exploring, gluttony and food writing to be his greatest passions. With an avid interest in cuisine, culture and food history, Darren ironically states that he never thought of himself as chef material. Despite graduating from culinary school, he ascertains that he will always be more of a home cook. Instead, he aims to pursue a future career in food marketing, food journalism and food trading.

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