On Sunday afternoon, I was still deciding what to cook for the food exchange program. Actually I have a vague idea of what to make as I already have 2 yams sitting in the kitchen :). I did not want to do anymore cupcakes or muffins as it was getting a little boring (but that did not stop me from making them for the kiddos on Saturday though). I went and hunted down the recipe which I used the last time from Lily Ng. That is really and truly a recipe to keep.
I made absolutely zero alterations to her recipe but I think I may have to reduce the amount of salt the next time. This could be due to the type of soya sauce I used this time. Just recently changed brand from the normal one that I usually used. They have already discontinued that brand of soya sauce.
250g yam, diced and coat with 1 tsp 5 spice powder
1 cup water
(B) Mix together and sieve:
125g rice flour
20g tapioca flour
1 cup water
1/4 tsp potassium carbonate & sodium bi-carbonate solution(optional)
150 g yam, sliced thin, steam then mashed
1 tbsp chicken stock granules
1 tsp soya sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
Dash of pepper
1 tsp sugar
100 dried prawns, soaked and chopped coarsely - use the food processor
4 shallots, sliced and mix with 1 tsp oil, microwave on high until crispy
2 stalks spring onions, chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
Chilli sauce :
10 red chillies, (chop or blend in the food processor)
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon/lime juice (can be substitue with vinegar)
Heat 4 tbsp oil and saute dried prawns till fragrant. Remove 3/4 and set aside for garnishing.
Add 2 tbsp oil to the remaining oil in the wok, add diced yam and stir fry well. Mix in water and bring to a boil.
Add in (B) and seasoning and cook till batter is fairly thick.
Pour thick batter into a well-greased 25cm round tray.
Steam till kuih is set and cooked through. Spread the garnishing on top and press lightly. Leave aside to cool.
Serve yam cake with chilli sauce.
The only hiccup that I faced last nite was that half way through the steaming process, I ran out of gas :(. Yikes.. and it was at 10pm in the night. Where to get gas delivery at this hour?? Luckily I also have an electric steamer but as it rather small, I had to cut up the half-baked Yam Cake to continue steaming it in batches. Could that have resulted in a saltier cake?? Nah.. it was probably either the soya sauce or my heavy handedness when measuring the 1tsp of salt :).
I didn't realize that Babe will be on leave the entire week as I bought her a portion of the cake. Never mind, I can easily eat it up for lunch later :). So, today's food exchange was only with Sue and wow.. Sue baked some cheesecake and made some yummy sushi (complete with dipping sauce) for me.. wow...this is where I definitely "untung" (gain).
I also managed to pass some of the woo tow kow to some test bunnies. Hope they will like the yam cake, albeit a little too salty :)