Sunday, May 15, 2016

Steamed Yam Cake

Everyone in the family knows I am a yam fan :p  I cooked them in soup, make fritters, braised with roast pork and today I am going to share this delicious yam cake recipe.  Yam cake is Wild Boar's all time favorite kuih.  He loves how generous I was with the aromatic garnishing.  He especially loves the preserved ' tai tow choy ' and crispy fried shallots and crispy fried dried shrimps. These three ingredients are the co-stars of the yam cake.  Five spice powder adds flavor to the yam cake too. Smells really good .  The preparation takes a bit of work but on the whole it was great making this savory cake. Hope you will agree that this is good.

these are the ingredients for the toppings

weighing out the rice flour and tapioca flour

cook the rice flour batter with the steamed yam till mixture thickens
before steaming 

take out after steaming for about an hour 
 while still warm , add the toppings- fried shrimps,
tai tow choy , fried crispy shallot and lastly the spring onion and chilli

spread out evenly the mixture of fried shallots and 'tai tow choy'
on the surface of the steamed yam cake

followed by spring onions and chilli

make sure the cake has totally cooled down before cutting

Steamed Yam Cake adapted from Goodbites

600g yam, peeled and diced and steamed
100g dried prawns, soaked and chopped 
1 tbsp Tai Tow Choy - chopped

1 tbsp of  fried shallots
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 chicken stock cube
1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
4 Tbsp oil

For the batter:Mix and strain
300g rice flour
75g tapioca flour

1 tsp of five spice powder
5 cups water


4 red chillies, diced
1/4 cup of presered tai tow choy
1/3 cup of fried dried shrimps
1/3 cup of  fresh spring onions, chopped
1/3 cup of  fried shallots


  • Heat up oil in wok, stir fry chopped garlic and dried prawns till fragrant. Dish out one-third for garnishing.
  • Add diced yam, 1 tbsp of preserved ' tai tow choy' and fry till yam is three-quarter cooked.
  • Pour the strained batter into yam mixture. Mix well. Add chicken cube, salt and pepper to taste.
  • When batter has thickened, pour into a greased steaming tray and steam for one hour or till cooked.
  • Turn off fire and sprinkle with the fried dried shrimps, preserved ' tai tow choy ', fried crispy shallots and lastly the spring onions and chilli.
  • Let it be completely cooled down before cutting.
  • Serve with a garlicky chilli sauce

Enjoy !

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Planning a Hog Roast For Your Event Is Easy. Here’s How You Do It

If you need to plan an event then you will need to do everything you can to make sure that you time everything correctly. This is easier said than done when you have so much to think about and you may have guests arriving at different times as well. That means you don’t know when to have the food ready by and this can cause even more issues for you as well. If you want to get around this then your best bet would be for you to hire a hog roast Derbyshire. If you do want to hire a hog roast then all you need to do is contact your local provider. They will be able to tell you how you can make the most out of your roast as well as advising you on the size of hog you need.

Then, all you need to do is place an order for the hog you want and they will deliver it for you along with all the equipment required. They will also set it up, and cook it for you on the day so you don’t have anything to worry about there either. The best thing about hiring a hog roast caterer is that they can cook the food for the exact moment you want it so all you need to do is concentrate on how you are going to entertain and look after your guests.

It really is as easy as that and you would be surprised at how quickly you could get everything sorted. If you want to get everything sorted then all you need to do is contact your local provider so you can discuss the date and the time of your event.