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Savory Loh Bak Go - Turnip Cake (Pumpkin version)

Course: Appetizer, Dim Sum
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 inch round/square cake
Author: Marvellina
Inspired by the traditional savory lo bak go made with turnip/daikon, I used pumpkin instead and it is absolutely delicious and has a vibrant orange hue to it too! An absolute fall favorite!
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  • 400 gr pumpkin peeled and cubed
  • 300 gr rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • 520 ml water
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 shallots peeled and finely chopped or you can use 1/2 cup of fried shallots (bawang goreng)
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 50 gr dried shrimps soaked in water and finely chopped
  • 2 links of Chinese sausage remove the casing and finely chopped optional

Chili sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste


Prepare chili sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients for chili sauce in a saucepan and cook until sugar is melted. It can be kept in refrigerator for up to 1 week

Steam the pumpkin:

  • Get the steamer ready. Fill with water and bring water to a boil. Cut the pumpkin into small wedges and steam over high heat for 5 minutes or until fork tender. Mash with a fork while they are still warm. You can mash it until really smooth or just roughly smooth, depending on what you prefer. You can also use the immersion blender to make it smooth.

Prepare the batter:

  • Combine the rice flour, salt, pepper, and water. Stir into a smooth batter. Add the mashed pumpkin and fried shallots (if using) into the batter
  • Preheat a large wok/skillet. Add cooking oil and lower the heat to medium. Saute shallots (if not using fried shallots), garlic and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the dried shrimp and saute for another minute. Add Chinese sausage and cook for another 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the flour pumpkin into the wok and continue to stir until the mixture started to thicken. Remove from the heat
  • Pour the mixture into a 8"x 8" greased round or square baking pan, with at least 2-inch depth. This is a very thick batter. Use the back of a spoon or rubber spatula to press the batter down into the dish. Pack it down as much as you can. This is an important step so that your cake won't get "holes" here and there. Steam cake steam for 1 hour. Refill the steamer with water during steaming if needed
  • At the end of cooking time, It may still appear to be soft and wet. Don't panic, let it cool down completely (about 2 hours or so) before attempting to cut into slices. It will firm up nicely for you.
  • You can serve as is or put a bit of oil in a non-stick pan and then pan-fry the cake before serving. Serve with chili sauce on the side