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Wednesday, 18 July 2012


I like to eat Steamed Yam Cake.  I used to buy from one stall that just operate at the road side and in the beginning (few years ago) they were selling at RM1.50 per piece and now RM2.20!!  Their steamed yam cake is so delicious because the yam is cut into big piece and loadful full of it!  Maybe this is why it is so costly!

I have made it today but I think I am still way behind compare to this stall.  My texture is still very soft, guess I have not cooked well in the batter as it is still a little wet.  Well, it is still good.


400g yam, cleaned and diced
4 tbsp dried prawns, soaked and pounded
½ tsp five spice powder
3-4 pieces dried mushroom,  soaked and diced
4 pips garlic, chopped
6 tbsp oil

Batter (mixed & strained)
250g rice flour
62g tapioca flour
800ml water

½ cube chicken stock
½ tsp pepper
Salt to taste

1 stalk spring onion, chopped
2 red chilli, chopped
3 tbsp fried shallots
3 tbsp coarsely chopped toasted peanuts (optional)


1.  Heat up oil, sauté garlic until fragrant, add dried prawn and stir fry until aromatic.
     Add in the diced mushroom, yam, five spice powder and stir fry until fragrant.

2.  Add in the batter, seasonings and  stir until batter is half-cooked.  Pour mixture into
     9” steaming tray.  Steam with high heat for about 45 minutes – 1 hour until cooked.

3.  Remove from heat, sprinkle all garnishing and top and leave to cool.

4.  Cut into pieces and serve with your favourite chilli sauce!


  1. Hi Mel, wah... just in time for my tea break. I want 2 big slice with coffee? LOL

    Yours look delicious, I love it.
    Oh..ya, to get the QQ firm texture you have to steam longer not until just cook but the top surface dry. Best to steam for more than one hour.

    Have a nice day.

    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thanks for the tips!! I am still not good in cooking this. Sometimes following the cookbook might not be accurate but have to base on the experience to cook a certain dish! If I were to make this again, I will steam for more than 1 hour!

  2. I have never tried steamed cake of any kind before, but this looks delicious, how could I pass this up??

  3. You are making me hungry. Tks for dropping by.

  4. my family love this steamed yam cake! Thanks for the wonderful recipe..

  5. I think I am going to love this. We Indians make Yam curry, but this looks so tempting for a change! Must try!!

  6. I love yam cake and yours look really good.

  7. I like savory yam cake a lot, dipping with chili sauce simply yummy !

  8. Look delicious. I steam the yam. Stir coconut milk with corn flour than add the yam, pour in the mould than press the garnishing on top of it.