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Yam Cake

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I’m in Indianapolis at my God-daughter’s and decided to made her some ‘comfort food’ … Yam Cake aka Woo Tau Ko aka Or Koay …. I am very pleased with how successful it turned out even though a couple ingredients were missing ūüėČ

Couldn’t have turned out better … just the right firmness and sliced perfectly! ¬†This is known as Wu Tau Ko (Cantonese) aka Or Koay (Hokkien) aka Yam Cake

Didn’t have any proper tray to steam it in so made do with the only available spring-form cake tin …it was perfect as then the yam cake did not stick to the tin and could be easily lifted out of the tin after slicing ūüėČ ¬†I didn’t garnish it with the fried dried shrimps + Chinese sausages (I added the latter) but instead added it all into the Yam Cake and steam … I simply garnish it with crispy fried shallots, diced spring onions (scallion) and chopped chillies


This is MY comfort food … now and again I’d crave for this so just as well that I can make this at home … seen here served with a fresh salad of letuce, tomatoes & Lebanese cucumber + appropriate chilli & sweet (bean) sauce


Ingredients : (A)

250g yam, diced

1 cup water

(B) Mix together and sieved

125g rice flour

20g tapioca flour

1 cup water

1/4 tsp alkaline water


1 tbsp Maggi chicken stock granules

Salt to taste

Dash of pepper

1/4 tsp sugar

For garnishing

50g dried prawns, soaked and chopped coarsely

4 shallots, sliced

2 stalks spring onions, chopped

2 sprigs Chinese parsley and

 red chillies

Method :

  • Heat 4 tbsp oil and¬†saut√©¬†shallots till crisp … remove and leave the oil in the wok… add dried prawns and¬†saut√©¬†till fragrant Remove and set aside for garnishing
  • Add 2 tbsp oil to the remaining oil in the wok, add yam and stir fry well … mix in water and bring to a boil
  • Add in (B) and seasoning and cook till batter is fairly thick then pour thick batter into a well-greased 25cm round tray
  • Steam till yam cake¬†is set and cooked through then leave aside to cool, then garnish and cut into diamond shapes
  • Serve¬†with chilli sauce