This traditional yet easy recipe for Chinese white radish cake is a great way to celebrate the Chinese new year in your home!


  • 1 bunch Chinese white radish, grated

  • 1 Chinese sausage, chopped (approx 75g)

  • 40g dried shrimp, soaked

  • 1 large handful shitake mushrooms, diced

  • 340g rice flour

  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour (optional)

  • Water

  • Salt and white pepper


  • 1.

    Place all ingredients in a large bowl, add water as necessary to create a loose batter, roughly the consistency of double cream (it should coat the back of a spoon).

  • 2.

    Place the mixture into a heat proof bowl suspended over a large pot of simmering water.

  • 3.

    Cover with a lid and steam for 35 – 45 minutes (keep an eye on the water level in the pot), or until the mixture has set.

  • 4.

    Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

  • 5.

    When it is cool turn it out of the bowl, slice into squares the size of your palm.

  • 6.

    Pan fry in a little oil and serve garnished with fried spring onions.

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