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Making turnip cake

So I got to stoke my inner pyromaniac after all...

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Turnip cake or lo bo gao is a Taiwanese side dish made from the daikon root. It's not really a cake, but a steamed mixture of shredded daikon, rice flour and water. It's difficult to compare it to a western food. The texture is similar to the dense, springy, slightly gooey nature of polenta? It has a mild flavor and is served pan-fried with oyster sauce. Dim sum restaurants serve it, so some may be familiar with it that way.

Yesterday, Gramma decided to make some lo bo gao, country-style, and I thought I'd document the process:

Ingredients: Shredded daikon, soaked rice ground to a paste, white pepper, corn starch, water
Tools: Wood stove, bucket, spatula, steamer, cheesecloth, mesh cloth, 3-inch bamboo segments

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When you have the fire in the wood stove going, cook the shredded daikon with a little bit of water until soft.

Combine ground rice, white pepper, corn starch and water in a bucket. Stir until evenly mixed.

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Add cooked daikon to the bucket and stir frequently. More stirring will give it a better springy texture!

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Fill the stove top dish with water and place steamer on top. Set bamboo segments vertically in a large round steamer to allow some air through. Cover steamer with cheesecloth and mesh cloth. Pour in contents of the bucket.

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Spread the mixture evenly in the steamer. Add more wood to the fire and steam for about an hour until firm.

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Remove steamer from heat and cut the cake into small rectangles about 3/4 inch thick. Pan fry with oil on high heat.

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Viola! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside lo bo gao. Dip in sauce and eat!

Posted by hsustyle 18:59 Archived in Taiwan

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