Steamed Yam Cake (orr kuih)
350g yam, cut into small cubes
200g rice flour
20g tapioca flour
700ml water (use the water from soaking the dried shrimps and chinese mushrooms – top up to the required amount)
100g dried shrimps, soaked and chopped coarsely
30g dried chinese mushrooms, soaked and chopped into small cubes, squeezed dry
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp chicken stock powder
1 tsp white pepper powder
Enough oil for frying
Chopped spring onion & chinese celery & chillies
Some fried shallots and dried shrimps
1. Prepare the steamer. Bring water to boil when you are half way done preparing the batter. Grease an 8” x 8” square steaming tray. Line the tray with baking paper for easy unmoulding if you wish.
2. In a mixing bowl, combined the flours and water. Mix well until smooth. Set it aside.
3. Heat about 5 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan, fry the shallots till golden brown, then remove. In the same frying pan, add in dried shrimps and stir fry till fragrant. Remove and set aside about 3 tablespoons for garnishing before adding the chinese mushroom to fry until fragrant before dishing out. You should start boiling the water for the steamer now.
4. Next to fry the yam, heat up 2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, then add garlic to fry till fragrant before adding the yam. Stir fry until soft then add the seasoning. Stir fry until combined; add the shrimp/mushrooms and stir again to combine. Next add the prepared flour batter and cook mixture over low heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens.
5. Transfer the mixture into the prepared steaming tray; smooth out the surface with a spatula and steam over high heat for 45 minutes.
6. Remove it from the steamer and allow to cool a bit before garnishing with the fried shallots and shrimps, spring onions and celery.
7. Let it cool completely before cutting.