Instant Pot Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go) 蘿蔔糕
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Instant Pot Turnip Cake (Chinese Lo Bak Go)

Dim Sum favorite Instant Pot Turnip Cake or Chinese Radish Cake (Chinese: 蘿蔔糕 aka Lo Bak Go or Luo Bo Gao). A delicious classic Chinese New Year Food that symbolizes "good fortune".
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword chinese new year recipes, instant pot cake, instant pot chinese recipes, instant pot dim sum, instant pot lo bak go, instant pot radish cake, instant pot turnip cake, pressure cooker cake, pressure cooker turnip cake
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1.45 pounds (650g) Daikon / Chinese turnip , julienne
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) roasted sesame oil
  • 2 pieces (80g) Chinese sausage (Lap Cheong; Chinese: 臘腸) , chopped
  • 2.5 tablespoons (40g) Chinese cured meat (Chinese: 臘肉) , chopped
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons (30g) dried shrimp (Chinese: 蝦米)
  • 3 pieces (10g) cooked dried conpoy/scallops (Chinese: 乾瑤柱) (Optional)

Rice Flour Mixture

  • 1/3 pound (150g) rice flour (Chinese: 粘米粉)
  • 2.5 tablespoons (30g) water chestnut flour (Chinese: 馬蹄粉)
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5g) white pepper
  • 1 - 1.5 teaspoon (5g - 7.5g) table salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Turnip: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water and trivet in Instant Pot Inner Pot. Layer the stainless steel bowl of 1.45 lb (650g) Chinese turnip julienne on the trivet. Close lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. 
    Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Quick Release. Turn Venting Knob to Venting Position to quickly release the pressure. Carefully open the lid (avoid dripping the condensation on the turnip!)
  • Create Rice Flour Mixture: While the Chinese turnips are pressure cooking, create the Rice Flour Mixture. In a large mixing bowl, add 1/3 lb (150g) rice flour, 2.5 tbsp (30g) water chestnut flour, 1 tbsp (15g) sugar, ½ tsp (1.5g) white pepper, 1 tsp - 1.5 tsp (5g - 7.5g) table salt. Give it a quick mix with a spatula. Pour ⅓ unsalted chicken stock in the rice flour mixture. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. Pour another ⅓ unsalted chicken stock in the rice flour mixture, then mix thoroughly again. Repeat this one more time, so a total of 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock are added into the rice flour mixture.
  • Saute Cured Meat: After the Chinese turnip is done pressure cooking, set aside the turnip and trivet. Discard the water, then towel dry the inner pot. Add in 2 (80g) chopped Chinese Sausage (臘腸) and 2.5 tbsp (40g) chopped Chinese Cured Meat (臘肉). Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. 

    *Tip: For older version, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer version, press “Saute” button twice.
    Wait a few minutes until the cured meat begins to release oil. Then, add in 2 - 3 tbsp (30g) dried Shrimp (蝦米) and optional 10g cooked conpoy (乾瑤柱). At the 3 - 4 minutes mark, add in 2 tbsp (30ml) peanut oil and 2 tsp (10ml) roasted sesame oil. Saute for another minute. Add in cooked turnip and all the turnip liquid (if any). Let them cook for another 2 minutes. Ensure to completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Create Turnip Cake Batter: Pour ⅓ portion of the hot turnip/cured meat mixture in the rice flour mixture. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. 


    *Pro Tip: You don't want to pour all the turnip in at once because the heat will cook the rice flour mixture. 
    Pour another ⅓ portion into the rice flour mixture and mix thoroughly again. Repeat this one more time, so all the turnip, cured meat, and liquid are added into the rice flour mixture. Mix thoroughly, then pour the turnip cake batter in a cake pan. Add some more dried shrimps on top.
  • Pressure Cook Turnip Cake: Clean the Instant Pot inner pot. Add in 1 cup (250ml) cold water and a trivet. Layer the turnip cake pan on the trivet. Close lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. 
    Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes + 20 minutes Natural Release. After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position. Remove the lid carefully (avoid dripping the condensation on the turnip cake!)
  • Chill Turnip Cake & Serve: The turnip cake will look super wet when you take it out of the Instant Pot. To let it set, cool completely to room temperature and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Once chilled, cut turnip cake into ¾ inch thick pieces. To serve, brown turnip cake pieces on a medium-low heat skillet with peanut or vegetable oil. Enjoy!~ :)

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