Chinese Steamed Daikon Cake

A traditional Chinese New Year favorite, this classic dish can also be enjoyed throughout the year. This is my adaptation of my grandmother's recipe. This recipe is absolutely delicious! Serve immediately plain, or with hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, or chili sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
1 10-inch cake


  • 3 cups rice flour

  • 4 cups cold water, divided

  • cup dried shrimp

  • ¾ cup Chinese bacon

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 2 pounds daikon radish, peeled and grated

  • cup rock sugar

  • 2 tablespoons salt


  1. Combine rice flour and 2 cups cold water in a large, heatproof mixing bowl. Mix until smooth and velvety; set aside.

  2. Soak dried shrimp in 1 cup cold water in a small bowl until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain and dry shrimp, then finely chop and set aside.

  3. Boil enough water to immerse bacon in a small pot, and cook to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and pat dry. Finely chop and set aside.

  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add bacon. Cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  5. Clean the wok and heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry daikon and rock sugar for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water, cover the wok, and steam daikon until just cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  6. Add hot daikon mixture to the reserved rice flour mixture, mixing until daikon is well incorporated. Add bacon, shrimp, and salt; stir until evenly distributed. Pour into a 10-inch round cake pan and smooth out the top.

  7. Bring some water to a boil in a wok. Place the cake pan on the wok rack, making sure the bottom half of the pan is immersed. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Steam until a toothpick goes cleanly through the center, about 1 hour. Check the water level regularly and replenish, if necessary, with boiling water. Remove pan and allow to cool on a rack for about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

You can serve the turnip cake as-is, or pan-fry the steamed slices. To pan-fry, slice the cake into 1/4-inch thick rectangles. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add enough oil to barely cover the bottom and cook the cake slices until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
10g Fat
61g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 1912mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 353mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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