Dim Sum Guide: Fried Turnip Cake

 Posted by on March 18, 2012 at 7:46 am  Food & Cooking  No Responses »
Mar 182012
Chinese fried turnip cake

Chinese fried turnip cake

Chinese fried turnip cake (law bok gow) is made from a paste of shredded Chinese turnips and rice flour.  Typically bits of dried shrimp, Chinese sausage, and sometimes mushroom are added to the paste. After steaming, the cake paste is fried until the surface turns a crispy golden brown.  Some restaurants may sprinkle diced scallions and/or oyster sauce on top as a final garnish.

I really like the subtle turnip flavor of this dish as it provides a good contrast to the other dim sum dishes.  Turnip cake is also less fatty than many other dim sum dishes. Chinese turnip, however, may be somewhat of an acquired taste for people who are not used to eating root vegetables.