Chaozhou Yam Cake with Chef Eric’s Special Sauce & Condiments

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Chaozhou Yam Cake with Chef Eric’s Special Sauce & Condiments

by Eric Low

Learn to prepare Chef Eric Low’s version of Chaozhou Yam Cake! His twist? A medley of his special sauce and condiments that will leave you wanting more! 

Cuisine : Asian Course : Appetizer Skill Level : Novice
Prep : 20 mins Cook : 50 mins Ready in : 70 mins Serves : 6(~1.5kg)


  • For the Yam Cake 
    • 300g Rice flour
    • 50g Corn starch
    • 250g Thai Yam, shredded or diced
    • 25L Water
    • 1 tbsp Sugar
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Five spice powder
    • 1 tbsp Alkaline water

    For the Topping

    • 4 tbsp Oil
    • 70g Dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and diced
    • 250g Dried chinese sausage, diced
    • 4 stalks Spring onions, finely diced
    • 4 tbsp Crispy fried shallots
    • 100g Dried shrimp flakes (Hay Beo), fried toasted sesame seeds

    For the Penang-Style Yam Cake Sauce

    • 2 tbsp Sesame paste or peanut butter
    • 200ml Hot water
    • 300g Sweet bean paste (for Chee Cheong Fun)
    • 4 tbsp Sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp Penang shrimp paste (Hae Ko)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine rice and cornstarch together. Pour in water and adjust taste with sugar, salt and five spice powders. Mix in the alkaline water.
  2. Bring the starch mixture to boil and transfer to steaming mould. Steam for 45minutes till cooked. Allow yam cake to cool down slightly before cutting up to serving sizes.
  3. Heat oil and sauté mushrooms and Chinese sausages till fragrant. Spoon over yam cake and sprinkle on with the mixture of fried shallots, crispy shrimp flakes and sesame seeds. Serve with Penang style yam cake sauce on the side.
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