Radish cake is a.k.a. Chai Tao Kuih in Hokkien or Lor Pak Kou in Cantonese. The making of radish cake is similar to Steamed Taro Kuih, both are made with the mixture of rice flour and wheat starch. The main ingredients are white radish and dried shrimp, you may add in other ingredients if you prefer. Unlike Steamed Taro Kuih, radish cake is always deep-fried before serving with sweet sauce and chili sauce.

CHINESE VERSION: 香炸萝卜糕/菜头糕

Radish cake Chai Tao Kuih Lor Pak Kou
 

Deep-Fried Radish Cake (a.k.a. Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou) | MyKitchen101en

Yields: 16 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 500 g (about 1.1 lb.) white radish (cut into cubes)
  • 120 g (about ½ cup) dried shrimp soaking water
  • 360 g (about 2 ¼ cups) rice flour
  • 90 g (about ¾ cup) wheat starch
  • 1 ½ tsps fine salt
  • 2 tbsps fine sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsps chicken stock powder
  • 400 g (about 1 ⅔ cups + 1 tsp) plain water
  • 4 tbsps cooking oil
  • 40 g (about 1 head) garlic (chopped)
  • 60 g (about 2.1 oz) dried shrimp (soaked & chopped)

Directions:

1 Coat 6″ (15-cm) square baking pan with oil, then line the bottom with parchment paper.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
 

2 Add dried shrimp soaking water to white radish, blend until fine.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

3 Mix together rice flour, wheat starch, salt, sugar, pepper and chicken stock powder. Add in water, mix until smooth. Add in blended white radish, mix until well combined.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
 

4 Heat up cooking oil, cook chopped garlic until fragrant. Add in dried shrimp, cook over medium heat for 3 minutes until fragrant. Off the heat, add in batter, mix until well blended. Cook over medium heat until thickened.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

5 Pour batter into baking pan, smooth the surface with spatula.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

6 Bring water of steamer to the boil, steam over medium heat for 1 hour 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before unmoulding.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

7 Cut into 16 pieces using plastic knife.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

8 Preheat cooking oil to 160°C/320°F, turn to medium heat, deep-fry radish cake until golden brown.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

9 Put on a strainer ladle to drain off the oil.

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

10 Keep unfinished portions in a freezer-safe container (separate each piece with cling wrap) and freeze for later consumption (I usually finish within 1 month).

Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

Radish cake Chai Tao Kuih Lor Pak Kou

Deep-Fried Radish Cake (a.k.a. Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou)

Radish cake is a.k.a. Chai Tao Kuih in Hokkien or Lor Pak Kou in Cantonese. The making of radish cake is similar to Steamed Taro Kuih, both are made with the mixture of rice flour and wheat starch. The main ingredients are white radish and dried shrimp, you may add in other ingredients if you prefer.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course savoury kuih
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 159 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 6″ (15-cm) square baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g about 1.1 lb. white radish (cut into cubes)
  • 120 g about ½ cup dried shrimp soaking water
  • 360 g about 2 ¼ cups rice flour
  • 90 g about ¾ cup wheat starch
  • 1 ½ tsps fine salt
  • 2 tbsps fine sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsps chicken stock powder
  • 400 g about 1 ⅔ cups + 1 tsp plain water
  • 4 tbsps cooking oil
  • 40 g about 1 head garlic (chopped)
  • 60 g about 2.1 oz dried shrimp (soaked & chopped)

Instructions
 

  • Coat 6″ (15-cm) square baking pan with oil, then line the bottom with parchment paper.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Add dried shrimp soaking water to white radish, blend until fine.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Mix together rice flour, wheat starch, salt, sugar, pepper and chicken stock powder. Add in water, mix until smooth. Add in blended white radish, mix until well combined.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Heat up cooking oil, cook chopped garlic until fragrant. Add in dried shrimp, cook over medium heat for 3 minutes until fragrant. Off the heat, add in batter, mix until well blended. Cook over medium heat until thickened.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Pour batter into baking pan, smooth the surface with spatula.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Bring water of steamer to the boil, steam over medium heat for 1 hour 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before unmoulding.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Cut into 16 pieces using plastic knife.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Preheat cooking oil to 160°C/320°F, turn to medium heat, deep-fry radish cake until golden brown.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Put on a strainer ladle to drain off the oil.
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou
  • Keep unfinished portions in a freezer-safe container (separate each piece with cling wrap) and freeze for later consumption (I usually finish within 1 month).
    Chai Tao Kuih/Lor Pak Kou

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chai tou kuih, lor pak kou, radish cake
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