Other synonymous terms would be Chinese turnip, Chinese radish, white carrot or known as daikon in Japanese. In Singapore, it’s simply called as carrot cake, available in almost every food court, presented in cubic form and stir fried fashion, like the one shown here.
It is also one of the common Dim Sum items addressed as lor bak gou (萝卜糕) in Cantonese, which is served as a whole pan fried flat and squarish cake.
I wanted to attempt carrot cake with some XO sauce as seen in one of the restaurant menus. Then, the abandoned whisky (duty-free) came to my mind since bebe bought it from airport on the way back, why not try it out?
There are ready made uncooked carrot cakes available in the local supermarkets, so, I took a short cut here. I am sure the ones made from scratch is way nicer, I will leave that to a Dim Sum fare or my dad.
Ingredients (Serve 2 – 3)
- 600 g of ready made carrot cake, cut in cubes
- 3 cloves of chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp of chilli paste + 3 chopped bird’s eye chillies (optional)
- 1 tbsp of oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp of light soya sauce
- 2 tbsp of thick sweet soya sauce
- a few shakes ground white pepper
- salt to taste
- 1 – 2 eggs
- 1 dash of whisky or XO cognac
- 1 small handful or chopped spring onion or coriander to garnish
- Drizzle in some vegetable oil into a hot wok, toss in chopped garlic to stir fry until aromatic.
- Then, add in chilli paste (if using it here) to stir through until fragrant.
- Add in carrot cubes now to coat with the chilli paste, then followed immediately by light soya sauce, sweet soya sauce and oyster sauce to coat.
- Dash in some whisky or cognac to be reduced for a few seconds on high heat, continue to stir through.
- Make a well in the middle, break an egg or two to scramble and then mix up with the rest evenly.
- Finally, add some white pepper and salt to taste.
- Serve it hot with some green onions or coriander on top.
A local hawker food could also be one of the home cooking dishes too.
I was once offered to 3 types (instead of the normal black or white type) at a hawker centre, wanna guess what is the third colour?
It’s red, first time in my life I heard of red carrot cake. I did not try, I prefer the old fashion black carrot cake.