Thursday, August 27, 2015

Singaporean fried carrot cake | chai tow kway | 菜头粿

this has nothing to do with carrots

Why is this dish called carrot cake when it has nothing to do with carrots or cream cheese frosting? In Singapore, cubes of radish cake are stir-fried with egg, green onion, garlic, and dried preserved radish to make chai tow kway. But when translating into English, the terms radish and carrot became interchangeable, so instead of being called fried radish cake or fried turnip cake, this dish became affectionately known as fried carrot cake.

Monday, August 24, 2015

daikon radish/turnip cake | luo bo gao | 萝卜糕

It took me a few tries to get this recipe right. I wanted a luo bo gao where you can actually taste the turnip. But I found out the hard way that if you add too much daikon, the cake is a mushy mess that's impossible to pan-fry and smells a little like fart.