Steamed Pumpkin Cake
By Margarita Lee
- 500g Pumpkin (shredded)
- 300g Meat of your choice (chicken or pork, cut into disks)
- 60g Dried prawn (softened and chopped coarsely)
- 20g Dried scallop (softened and chopped coarsely)
- 3 Mushrooms (softened and chopped coarsely)
- 10 Shallot (cut thinly)
- 2 tbsp Chopped garlic
- 80ml Cooking oil
- 400g Rice flour
- 50g Cornflour
- 20g Wheat starch
- 1/2 tsp Lye water (Kansui 梘水)
- 750ml Water
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp White pepper
- 1 tsp Chicken granules
- Fried prawns
- Fried shallot
- Spring onions (chopped)
- Red chillies
- Mix dry ingredients from Ingredients B in a bowl. Add in water slowly while stirring at the same time. Stir until a watery batter is formed, then add in lye water and mix well. Sift the batter 2-3 times and leave it for later use .
- Heat oil in a wok and fry the shallots until crispy. Dish out and keep for garnishing later.
- Remove extra oil from wok, leaving about 2 tbsp. Stir-fry chopped garlic, dried prawns and dried scallops until aromatic (dish out 2 tbsp for garnishing). Add in mushrooms and meat, with all the seasoning, then stir well until the meat is well cooked.
- Add in the shredded pumpkin and keep stirring until well mixed.
- Stir the prepared batter before pouring into the pan. Keep stirring on medium heat until the batter has thickened.
- Transfer the cooked mixture into a lightly greased cake pan. Smooth the top of the mixture with a spatula.
- Steam the pumpkin mixture in a steamer over high heat for 40 minutes or until the pumpkin cake is totally cooked through.
- Remove the pumpkin cake from the steamer. Leave to cool completely before cutting the cake.
- Garnish with fried shallot crisps, chopped spring onions and red chillies before serving.
- Only add the chopped spring onions and red chillies before serving, otherwise the pumpkin cake will turn soggy if left too long.
- This steamed pumpkin cake can be kept frozen for up to a month. Just thaw and pan-fry with a little oil before serving.
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