Sunday, September 24, 2017

Homemade Yam Cake

It has been quite a while since I last made a yam cake.  I made this for a pot bless party that we had to attend.  All the ladies loved this yam cake and asked me for the recipe which  I am happy to share with them . They went home happy and needless to say, I am the happiest one of them all, for the cake finished in a short time :)  Great fellowship and bonding time with the friends over good food :)

This yam cake is easy to make and it taste good too as homemade ones are packed with fluffy yam and delicious toppings .  I will steam the yam cake in mid morning and let it cool down completely  before cutting them into slices, just in time for the evening party.  This yam cake recipe has been with me for years and it never fails me. A keeper for sure. 

 make sure the cake is completely cool down
before cutting them into slices

Yam Cake
recipe fits into a 7" cake pan with detachable base


300gm yam -  peeled and diced
2 clove of garlic - chopped

150gm rice flour
38gm tapioca flour
2.5 to 3 cups water
1/8 tsp five spice powder
1/2 chicken stock cube
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp of oil 

2-3 red chillies - sliced * if you want more heat, use 5 bird's eye chillies
1 stalk of spring onions - slice thinly
1/4 cup of fried  dried shrimps - * take out 1 tbsp for frying the yam 
1/4 cup of fried shallots  - * take out 1 tbsp for frying the yam
1/4 cup of fried preserved big head vegetable - " tai tow choy " - * take out 1 tbsp for frying the yam


1. Prepare all the topping ingredients first. Shallots - sliced and  fried in oil  till crispy and golden in color. Preserved big head vegetable (tai tow choy) -soak in water and rinsed a few times to remove the salt. Chopped fine and stir fry till fragrant. Chillies and spring onions to be sliced and keep aside.

2. Steam the diced yam in boiling water till soft. Take out and let it cool down.

3.  Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a wok, add in garlic and stir fry till fragrant, then add in the cooked yam, 1 tbsp of fried dried shrimps, 1 tbsp of fried tai tow choy, and 1 tbsp of fried shallots.  Stir fry till well combined.  Lower heat to medium low and add in the batter.  Keep stirring till the batter becomes sticky. Off heat.  

4.  Grease the 7" cake pan with oil.  Scoop the cooked batter into the cake pan . Use a spatula and level the top. Wrap bottom of cake pan with aluminium foil and cover top of cake pan with alumium foil so that water does not  seep in during steaming.   Steam for 40 mins in boiling steamer over high heat.  Take out from steamer and let the yam cake rest for 5 mins , spread out all  the toppings on surface of yam cake while the cake is still hot.  Let it cool down completely before taking out the cake and cut into slices.