This lotus root cake is quite similiar to the steamed radish cake that we can find at the dim sum restaurants, though some may have them fried. I also do not know why the radish cake seems to be associated with Chinese New Year , they are quite a popular snack taken during CNY although we can have this anytime of the year.if you're making radish cake for the new year, probably you might want to try this for a change.
Talking about Chinese New Year, i always find it amusing that somehow i think most chinese are very ' superstitious' in a way especially when it comes to the new year. We will always cook food that sounds auspicious and prosperous, most of the chinese will bound to have some lettuce, black moss, nian gao, dried oysters, lotus root, leeks, fatt gao and so many more in the kitchen during the new year. Chinese translation.. lettuce means "grow fortune", black moss "great fortune", nian gao "greater heights", dried oysters " good things", lotus roots " abundance yearly", fatt gao " abundance of wealth", leeks is kind of funny, it means 'counting' ..counting money ,i think.ha!. and i believe that no one would skip the mandarin oranges which symbolize wealth and luck. Even the names of chinese new year dishes served at restaurants also carry funny names like 'laughing prawns', 'happiness all over' and one could never think of. Some also believes that the rice bucket needs to be full, the fridge also needs to be full..at one time, i stuffed so much into the fridge..so much as if the country is going to be on curfew, if my fridge can talk, i think it will probably say, "stop! I could hardly breathe, i'm dying of suffocation!" yeah, and please dont mention the word"die" you will get your mouth plastered throughout the day! Not to mention some of the taboos that are being observed..one of them is do not sweep the floor on the 1st day of chinese new year as it believes if you do, you will sweep away all the fortune and luck from the house..and the list goes on. But anyhow, i believe that many of us will still be smiling away and chuckling to ourselves whenever we think of all these funny names and taboos. So shall i name this kuih, "smiling lotus packed with treasure"?
200gm lotus roots ( peeled, cut into slices)
60gm minced dried shrimps
2 shallots, chopped
150gm rice flour
2 tsp corn flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp five spices powder
1/4 tsp salt ( can adjust to your taste)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
some lotus root slices
some red chilli
chopped spring onions
1.Mix batter ingredients, stir lightly until well combined, starin well and keep aside.
2.Saute the chopped shallots on low heat till aromatic and add in the dried shrimps and seasoning, stir fry briskly.
3.Next, place in the lotus root slices, toss well.
4.Gradually add in batter, stir until thicken, remove , pour into a 20cmx20cm tray, level the surface and top with lotus slices.
5.Steam in the preheated steamer at high heat about 35-40mins or until cooked through. Remove from heat, leave to cool and sprinkle with chopped spring onions and chilli rings.