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Steamed Orh Kueh (Savoury Taro/Yam Cake)

I made this dish last weekend. The Steamed Taro Cake turned really good and I am very pleased with the result. It is soft with a light firm texture and chock full of yams in every bite.

*This is an updated post with a video cooking guide. (Previously posted on 11/24/08)

Steamed Orh Kueh (Savoury Taro/Yam Cake)


1 Medium Size Taro/Yam, peeled & diced
You’ll need about 400 grams of Taro)
10 Shallots, peeled & thinly sliced
8 Tbsp Dried Shrimps (soaked for 10 minutes, and reserved 1 cup of liquid), chopped
Peanut Oil, for cooking
Chili Sauce
Sweet Sauce

Chopped Scallions
Chopped/Sliced Red Chilies
Chopped Coriander
Crispy Fried Shallots
Crispy Fried Dried Shrimps

1/2 tsp 5 Spice Powder
1/2 tsp Chicken Granules
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 1/2 tsp White Pepper
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, to taste

200 grams Rice Flour
30 grams Potato Starch
20 grams Corn Starch
2 Cups of Water

8 inches Greased Steaming Tray
A Steamer


Make the batter: Combine rice flour, potato starch, corn starch and water. Mix well until you have a smooth batter. Set aside.

Heat oil over medium to high heat heat and fry the sliced shallots until fragrant, lightly browned and crispy. Remove and set aside.

Then fry the dried shrimps until crispy. Remove and set aside and reserved about 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok.

In the same wok, with the reserved oil add taro/yam, and sit-fry for a couple of minutes. Then season with oyster sauce, 5-Spiced powder, chicken granules, sea salt, and white pepper, and continues to stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in the reserved liquid from dried shrimps (1 Cup) and the prepared batter. Turn the heat to low, cook, and stirring continuously, until the batter thickens.

Pour the batter into a greased steaming tray. Steam over high heat for about 40 minutes or it is until set. Remove and sprinkle with crispy shallots, dried shrimps, scallions, red chilies, and scallions. Let it cool completely before serving. Set aside for another 2 hours to cool completely.


  1. On last saturday mom prepared this cake...she and my aunt loves this kind of culinary...


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