Taro Root Cake

Taro cake. It is a fluffy crispy dim sum, very popular in Guangzhou and HK. If you love to eat taro, this is the perfect recipe to try because it has a strong taro flavor. The fragrance just goes so well with all those ingredients together.

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Taro Root Cake Recipe






  • Soak some dried mushrooms and shrimps with 500 ml of water until soft. Then strain them.Don’t throw out the water, we need that to cook the taro.
  • Peel the taro and cut it into half centimeter cubes.
  • Cut all the meat into small size.
  • Cut the mushroom into the same size too.
  • Have 3 ounces onion and 2 tbsp of minced garlic ready.


  • Mix 400 grams of rice flour with a tsp of salt. Pour in 1 liter of water. Combine well and set it aside.


  • Heat up the wok a little bit. Add 3 tbsp of vegetable oil. Then add in the garlic and stir it until fragrant.
  • Throw in all the ingredients we prepared. Cook it for 3 minutes on medium heat. Taste it and decided if you need more salt.
  • Take it out and set it aside.
  • Directly add in all the taro into the wok along with 1 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of five spice and 1 tsp of salt.
  • Give it a mix and pour in the water that you soaked the shrimps and mushroom with.
  • Turn the heat to high, let it cook until the water is gone. It will take about 5 minutes.


  • Put it in a big bowl. Add in all the ingredients we prepared and the flour mixture. Combine well. The last step is to steam it.
  • Put parchment paper into a container so the taro cake will be easier to take out later. Add the mixture into the container.
  • Bring the water to a boil and steam it on high heat for 30 minutes.
  • You can use a chopstick to check. If it is transparent, that means it is done.
  • Let it cool down to room temperature. Cut it into the size you like!
  • Fry it for few minutes so you can get a nice, crispy layer. Tastes so good.



We usually dip this with hot sauce or XO sauce. But trust me, this is so delicious that you don’t need a dipping sauce. You can serve this as a nice appetizer or eat it as breakfast, this is enough for 3-5 people.

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