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Back in the Day: Turnip cake adds depth to Lunar New Year table

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Slices of turnip cake are part of a Lunar New Year spread with hom sui gok, back left, siu mai and ma tai su.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Slices of turnip cake are part of a Lunar New Year spread with hom sui gok, back left, siu mai and ma tai su.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                June Tong stirs grated turnip into a wok to make turnip cake. Ingredients include rice flour (do not use mochiko, which flour made from sweet rice); Chinese sausage, bacon and char siu; dried shrimp, scallops and mushrooms.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    June Tong stirs grated turnip into a wok to make turnip cake. Ingredients include rice flour (do not use mochiko, which flour made from sweet rice); Chinese sausage, bacon and char siu; dried shrimp, scallops and mushrooms.

You may be familiar with the turnip cake served at dim sum restaurants. It is called a cake because it is steamed in a cake pan, but there is only a hint of sweetness. Read more

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