Turnip Cake

Turnip Cake

By Maomaomom

萝卜糕2 Turnip Cake
If you go to a Chinese restaurant for dim sum, you will love this mouth watering dish made with shredded Chinese turnip (daikon), sausage and dry shrimps. Traditionally, this dish usually takes hours to prepare at home because of the long steaming that is required. Now with the electric pressure cooker, this dish can be made in 45 minutes.

Prepare Time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 45+10 minutes
Level: Easy
Serves: 10 servings


1) 2 Chinese turnips 750 g, peeled and shredded;
2) One and half Chinese sausages cut into small pieces, 1/4 cup dry shrimps soaked, strained and chopped;
3) 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 2 tablespoons chopped green onion, 1.5 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon chicken bouillon powder;
4) Half package of rice flour (about 1.5 cups, 200g), 1 cup water (240g).
5) 2~3 tablespoons olive oil.


1: In a large non-stick deep sauté pan , heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté green onion and ginger for a half minute. Add chopped sausage and dry shrimp pieces, cook for another minute. Add shredded Chinese turnips and sauté for 1~2 minutes, then add in rest of ingredients 3. Reduce to medium-low heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2: In a bowl, mix rice flour and water. Pour into cooked turnips mixture and mix well. Pour the batter to a medium size Glasslock container .
 Turnip Cake
3: Add water up to the pressure cooker’s 2-cup mark. Place the Glasslock container on the steam rack. Cover the lid and turn the pressure valve to the Seal position. Press the “Steam” button and set 45 minutes of cooking time.
4: When it is done, wait for another 10 minutes. Slowly release the pressure then open the lid. Take out the steamed turnips cake. Set aside to cool, then cover and chill for a few hours.
5: Use a knife to loosen the turnip cake along the edges of the Glasslock. Flip the container and pry out the turnip cake. Slice 1/3 of the cake and pan fry with oil until both sides turn light brown.

Maomaomom’s Note: 1C=240ml, 1t=5ml and 1T=15 ml.

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8 Responses to Turnip Cake

  1. xcha says:


    How long do I have to steam if I am steaming it using normal over the stove steamer? Thank you.

  2. Debra Goodenow says:

    I made this recipe but it seems like there is so much water that falls onto the top of it and it didn’t get firm like I expected it to. Also, I would like to make Nian Gao for Chinese New Year. Would the instantpot be a good choice to steam it?

  3. rachelavelena@live.com says:

    Hi there,

    I also had the same problem with having the turnip cakes not being firm enough. It’s kinda falling apart. What did I do wrong? Would having more rice flour in the mixture helps?

  4. Winky says:

    Would it be ok to cook the ingredients in the instant pot using the sauté function?

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