Saturday, October 15, 2011

Vegan Turnip Cake 'Lo Bak Gou' Recipe

Turnip Cake 'Lo Bak Go' brings back memories. My dad use to make this for us every Chinese New Year or between the year when he feel like making it, he would put Chinese sausage, dried shrimp...etc, all that good stuff.

I do not miss the meat part of this dish, just the memory of my dad chopping and steaming away on a Saturday morning. So below is my veganised version of Turnip Cake 'Lo Bak Go'. You can add some soy protein to it too! If you want?

2 1/2 to 3 cups daikon (peeled & shredded ~1 1/2 to 2 lbs.)
6-8 dried shitake mushrooms

1 3/4 cups water
2 bricks 'nam yu' Fermented red beancurd (FYI may contain gluten)
1/2 teaspoon chinese five spice powder
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 cups rice flour (not glutenous rice flour or sweet rice flour)

**try adding some soy protein or baked 5 spice tofu for more protein

first dehydrate the dried shitake mushrooms in the 1 /34 cups of water for about 1/2 hour. Then squeeze all the liquid out of the mushroom and dice the mushrooms and set it aside. ***Keep the mushroom liquid, because it will add flavor to the turnip cake.

***turn on your steamer, so it will be hot and ready by the time you finish***

In a bowl whisk together the the mushroom water, 'nam yu' Fermented red beancurd, Chinese five spice powers, salt and white pepper. Set it aside.

Now to saute the the filling to absorb all the amazing flavors. Turn your stove on medium. In a medium sized pot with some oil, add in the daikon and mushroom and saute about 3 minutes. Then stir in your batter liquid along with the rice flour. Lower the heat and continue stirring.

When the batter begins to simmer, turn off the heat and pour the batter into a grease a baking dish or a pie pan, and pour the turnip batter in and into the steamer. Steam for it for about 1 hour.

You can serve it hot right from the steamer or pan fry it up. Either way its delicious. 

if you are gluten free, try to find  'nam yu' fermented red beancurd with no gluten, some brands may contain wheat. 

i use kind of fermented red beancurd

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