Foodie Friday: Fried Radish Cake

Fried radish cake: square cake made of white radish; often served at dim sum

radish cake

This dim sum dish is a staple when I go yum cha. It’s made from a white radish known as daikonThe texture is soft on the inside, but there’s a crisp outside edge to it. I like lo bat go either plain, or sometimes, with a side of hoisin sauce.

My aunt used to make these from scratch–and my mom, too. It takes a big steamer and a long wait, while the cloying scent floats in the air and seems to permeate even the walls.

Fun fact: In Singapore, it’s also known as carrot cake.

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  1. Veronica Roth says

    Well, I go to dim sum once in a while, but have never ordered that. I think mainly because I love radish and daicon, but the reason I love it is the crunch. Not sure I would like cooked radish. Hmm, something new to try. :D

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