Pan Fried Turnip Cake with Habanero Sauce

What Pan Fried Turnip Cake Is

Every time I have dimsum I have to get an order of pan fried turnip cake. When you think of dimsum, you think of the classic shrimp dumplings, lotus leaf rice and others. But not everyone knows about pan fried turnip cake. Its one of my favorites because I grew up eating it. 

 

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Turnip cake (also called radish cake) is quite strange to make. The shredded turnip gets boiled, mixed with flour, and then steamed into a brick-like solid. Plain radish cake recipes is normally just that, pan fried and eaten with soy sauce. There are other variations out there like a Taiwan recipe and even a Vietnamese one. 

Growing up, my parents would always make the Vietnamese style turnip cake for me. Its the same as the plain radish cake recipe. The only difference is before its done being pan fried, an egg or two mixes onto the turnip cake. 

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New and Improved Pan Fried Turnip Cake

As great as I love the original pan fried turnip cake, I wondered if there was a way to make it better and more mainstream. I enjoy turnip cake pan fried because of the crispy surface area. Since its normally cut rectangular and large, you get more soft turnip than the outer crispiness. I cut them into small cubes. This takes more work flipping each on all 4 sides for all around crispiness, but its worth it. Its like the the filet mignon I seared for my banh mi, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. So instead of the rectangular shape, 

Instead of cracking an egg like my parents would do, I needed something more aromatic. I’ve had a lot of Chinese food and noticed they like to include lots of fried minced garlic to their fried dishes. And that’s exactly what I needed to bring the turnip cake to another level. More crispy on the surface and a generous helping of minced garlic. 

This dish would already be great as it is, but I felt I needed some veggies. Nothing would be better than caramelized onions for that slight sweetness. Because of the caramelized onions, the normal mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and siriracha wouldn’t match. To me, sriracha isn’t actually spicy at all and I wanted a kick. I needed habaneros! I couldn’t find any habanero sauce in stores so I made my own. Pan fried turnip cake along with a drizzle of terikyaki sauce and habanero sauce is perfect. I still love plain radish cake recipe, but my new turnip cake had so many layers of flavor I no time to share with others.

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Pan Fried Turnip Cake with Habanero Sauce

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: pan fried turnip cake
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Instructions

Onion Foundation

  • add oil and dice onions into a pan
  • sweat the onions by cooking the onions until it becomes browning
  • Flip to cook both sides of the onions evenly
  • Remove onions from the pan before they start blacken and burn

Turnip Cake

  • Cut the block of turnip cake into small cubes. 
  • Oil up a pan and ad the cubed turnip cake in.
  • Flip each cube on all 4 sides to get super crispy bites.
  • When all cubes become are nearly golden crispy (or until your desired crispiness), add in minced garlic to the pan
  • Continue cooking for a few minutes until the minced garlic becomes crispy.

Finishing

  • Add the caramelized onions as the base
  • Place the crispy cubes of turnip cake and minced garlic on top of the onions
  • Drizzle habanero sauce and teriyaki sauce on top of the turnip cake
  • Garnish with chopped green onions

This dish would already be great as it is, but I felt I needed some veggies. Nothing would be better than caramelized onions for that slight sweetness. Because of the caramelized onions, the normal mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, and siriracha wouldn’t match. To me, sriracha isn’t actually spicy at all and I wanted a kick. I needed habaneros! I couldn’t find any habanero sauce in stores so I made my own. Pan fried turnip cake along with a drizzle of terikyaki sauce and habanero sauce is perfect. I still love plain radish cake recipe, but my new turnip cake had so many layers of flavor I no time to share with others.

Detailed Instructions

Making pan-fried turnip cake only requires turnip cake, minced garlic, green onions, and red onions.

Shredded turnip (radish) is combine with water and flour and stir fried together.

For added flavor, minced chinese sausage is dried shrimp is mixed together.

It is then placed into individual small pans and steamed until it becomes one solid piece.

Oil up a pan and cook slices of red onions to caramelized.

Lower to medium and low heat and stir occasionally to allow onions to brown and caramelized.

Oil the pan again. Cut the turnip cake into small cubes before adding to the pan.

Flip each cubed turnip cake on all four sides to get the entire surface area brown and crispy.

pan fried turnip cake

Then add in a bit more oil and finally add in the minced garlic. Continue cooking and stir until its well mixed and the minced garlic becomes crispy.

pan fried turnip cake

Place the caramelized onions as a base for the turnip cake.

pan fried turnip cake

Add on the turnip cake and minced garlic on top of the onions. Season and dress with habanero sauce. Then drizzle with teriyaki sauce.

pan fried turnip cake

Garnish with minced green onions and enjoy!

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