Yam Cake

If you want to make a simple, understated yet amazing dessert, you’ve just got to try this Yam Cake. It’ll be so much easier to make that you’d have though, but it will wow everybody that has a slice!


300g rice flour

400g yam

100g wheat starch

1L water

3 clove garlic, crushed

6 tbsp cooking oil

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp five spice powder

Dash of pepper

1 tbsp sugar

150g dried shrimp, soaked and minced

4 red shallot, sliced

1 red chili, sliced (garnish)

1 stalk spring onion, chopped (garnish)

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- Mix rice flour, wheat starch and water. Strain and stir well

- divide yam into 2 portions, cut one portion into cubes, while steam another portion until soft, then smash the softened yam and mix well with flour batter.

- Heat up a pan, add 3 tbsp oil to fry garlic till fragrant, add in yam cubes, five spice powder, salt, pepper and sugar, stir fry till mix well.

- Pour in flour mixture and stir continuously under medium heat until batter thicken.

- Pour thicken batter into a grease square tin and flatten the surface, steam for 30 minutes.

To make the Topping:

- heat up a pan, add 3 tbsp oil to fry sliced shallot till fragrant and crispy, drained, take out and set aside

- using the remaining oil to fry dried shrimp till fragrant, set aside.


- After the cake has been steamed for 30 minutes, immediately garnish with fried shallot, dried shrimp, red chilies and spring onion. Let the Yam Cake cool completely, then cut and  served with chilies sauce.


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