Easy Recipe for the Best Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go 蘿蔔糕)

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013

I posted a photo on Instagram earlier and did not expect the overwhelming number of recipe requests.  I shouldn’t be surprised, as lo bak go (蘿蔔糕) is a well loved dim sum item.  Moreover, it’s a Chinese New Year staple.

Savoury meat-studded steamed cakes (e.g. made with radish or taro root) and dessert steamed cakes (e.g. red bean, water chestnut, sticky brown sugar coconut) represent optimism towards a more prosperous year.  (“Cake” in Chinese is homonymic with “rising up”).

Easy Recipe for the Best Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go 蘿蔔糕) by Melody Gourmet Fury

Lo Bak Go has always been one of my favourite dim sum items growing up.  Now that my mom is so far away, it feels bittersweet to finally master it myself.

So here it is, my friends.  This is the ultimate recipe for the best Chinese radish cake that I’ve ever had, just in time for Lunar or Chinese New Year.  Exaggeration, you ask?  You be the judge.

Easy Recipe for the Best Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go 蘿蔔糕) by Melody Gourmet Fury

If you prefer the softer, steamed version over the pan fried one, simply increase the amount of liquid.  Also, mine is golden on top because I uncovered it in the oven for a few minutes.  Keep it covered if you want to keep it pale.

This particular recipe was passed down to me from an auntie that I love.  She learned how to make this traditional dish from a Michelin Star chef in Hong Kong.

I adapted the recipe by increasing the amount of Chinese sausage and bacon.  I also added dried scallops to fancy it up some more, but that’s entirely optional.  Also, depending on how juicy your radish is, you may want to adjust the amount of liquid or flour.  My grandmother would have simply told me to “adjust it by touch” and I’m not about to intervene with her golden words.

Try it, enjoy it, and have a wonderful year of the snake!

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  • janice

    Have you ever tried steaming the turnip cake instead of baking?

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Yup. Both work well!