Luo Go Bao (Daikon Cake with Garlic Hoisin Sauce)
A Chinese New Year treat, these daikon and rice flour cakes are flavored with savory dried sausage and served with a spicy hoisin sauce. This recipe first appeared in the iPad edition of our Jan/Feb 2013 issue along with Kit Yau’s article Lunar New Year in Hong Kong.
- 2 1⁄2 tbsp. canola oil, plus more for greasing
- 2 tbsp. small dried shrimp
- 1 lb. daikon, peeled
- 2 (6″) dried Chinese link sausages, casings removed, finely chopped (available at amazon.com)
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup plus 2 tbsp. green onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 tsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups rice flour
- 1⁄4 tsp. five-spice powder
- 5 tbsp. hoisin sauce
- 1⁄4 cup garlic chili sauce
- 1 red chile, thinly sliced, for garnish
- Grease an 8″-square baking dish, and line with parchment paper; set aside. Cover shrimp with 1⁄2 cup of hot water and soak until soft, 25 to 30 minutes; drain, finely chop, and set aside. Grate daikon on the small holes of a box grater. Transfer to a 4-qt. saucepan with 1⁄3 cup of water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat; cook until water has evaporated, about 35 minutes, and set aside. Heat 1⁄2 tbsp. oil in 10″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add reserved shrimp, the shallots, and 1⁄2 cup green onions; cook until shallots and onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in sugar and half the salt; set aside.
- Bring 1 1⁄2 cups water to a boil in the bottom of a 12″ skillet. Whisk remaining salt, the rice flour, and five-spice powder in a large bowl; stir in 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. water and reserved daikon until a thick, porridge-like batter forms. Stir in reserved sausage mixture to combine, and spread evenly in prepared pan. Place pan in a 12″ bamboo steamer, and place steamer over skillet. Cover and steam, until set, about 40 minutes. Let cool 1 hour, invert pan onto a plate, peel away parchment and cover loosely with plastic wrap; freeze cake for 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.
- Mix hoisin, garlic chili sauce, and remaining green onions in a small bowl. Slice cake into 8 rectangles. Heat remaining oil in a 12″ nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook, flipping once, until crisp and golden, 3 to 4 minutes, and transfer to a serving plate; serve with spicy hoisin sauce, and garnish with sliced chile.