Fried Raddish Cake (生煎萝卜糕)

While you can find these Fried Raddish Cake in all Dim Sum place anytime of the year, these savory cakes have a very special meaning during Chinese New Year. It symbolizes prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. Prepare them yourself and bring the good luck home!


  • 1 lb rice flour
  • 1350g white raddish
  • 2 pairs of Chinese sausage
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shallots, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup canola oil for frying shallots
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp msg (optional)


  1. Dice the Chinese sausage and set aside.
  2. Mince the softened mushrooms.
  3. Peel and shred the white raddish. If you have a food processor, it comes in handy and will encourage you to prepare this savory snack more often. Otherwise, shred the raddish manually.
  4. In a large wok, fry the shallots until brown and crispy. Drain and set aside.
  5. Fry the Chinese Sausage and minced mushrooms in the oil from frying the shallots until fragrant and golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  6. Fry the garlic over medium high heat in the remaining oil until it is fragrant. Add the shredded raddish and 3 cups water, salt, sugar, and ground pepper. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the raddish is softened and turned transparent.
  7. While the raddish is cooking, stir the rice flour with 3 cups of water until it is blended. Add the rice flour mixture to the raddish when it is ready.
  8. Continue stirring the rice flour and raddish mixture over the medium high heat until it turns into a starchy paste.
  9. Transfer into a large mold and steam over high medium high heat until the cake is cooked. About an hour. The cake is ready when a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
  10. Cool completely before slicing.
  11. This savory cake tastes best when it is pan fried until crispy and golden brown on the outside. Our family also like to drizzle some sweet soy sauce over it.


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