Soak shrimp in warm water
for 20 minutes. In separate bowl, soak mushrooms in warm water for 20
While shrimp and mushrooms are soaking, peel
and grate turnips. Bring water to boil. When boiling, add turnips, lower
heat and cook for 10 minutes or until turnips are soft.
Remove shrimp and mushrooms from water. Drain
and pat dry. Chop into fine pieces. Add with chopped sausage to turnip
With a whisk, slowly stir in rice flour and
Pour into a 9 inch cake pan and steam on a
rack in large pot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The Chinese use the wok for this.
Be sure to watch the level of the water used for steaming. Test for doneness
as you would with any cake, by inserting a toothpick in the center. When
it comes out clean, cake is done.
Cool cake slightly. Cut into squares the size
of a brownie. Garnish with scallions and hoisin sauce.
Alternatively, the small cakes can be fried
in a little oil until golden and then garnished.
Serves 4 - 6
This recipe from www.inmamaskitchen.com.
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Tip: Bacon is
a acceptable substitute for Chinese sausage which is a hard sausage, akin
to Italian salami. You are after the crunch to surprise the palate when
eating the soft cakes.