Taro cake

Taro cake
Alternative names yam cake
Course Yum cha, side dish
Place of origin Southern China
Region or state Chinese-speaking areas
Main ingredients taro, rice flour
Variations Fried and steamed
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Taro cake
Traditional Chinese 芋頭
Simplified Chinese 芋头
Literal meaning taro cake
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 芋粿

Taro cake (simplified Chinese: 芋头糕; traditional Chinese: 芋頭糕; Jyutping: wu6 tau4 gou1) is a Chinese dish made from the vegetable taro. While it is denser in texture than radish cakes, both these savory cakes made in a similar ways, with rice flour as the main ingredient. When served in dim sum cuisine, it is cut into square-shaped slices and pan-fried before serving. It is found in Hong Kong, China, and overseas Chinatowns restaurants. Other ingredients often include pork and Chinese black mushroom, or even Chinese sausages.[1] It is usually topped with chopped scallions.


Dim sum

A pan-fried taro cake

The pan fried square taro cake is semi-crunchy on the outside and medium-soft on the inside. It is also the most consistent version with more or less the same formula in East and Southeast Asia, or among overseas Chinese communities.

Regional home-style

The other version is the more home-style baked version. Usually it uses the same ingredients and steamed for long periods of time in a deep pan until it is ultra soft and pasty. The formula varies greatly depending on the family recipe or regional tastes.

Frozen taro cake

Some restaurants offer taro cakes cut into small cubes as part of a main course appetizer to a major Chinese cuisine. These are sometimes frozen to a more solid state, though it is not nearly as common as the other forms.

In other cultures

Yam cake

A similar dish is prepared in the cuisine of Vietnam, where it is called bánh khoai môn.

Taro cake, is sometimes referred to as yam cake, which is made from taro and not from yam due to the mistranslation in Malaysia and Singapore.

See also


  1. "Chinese New Year Taro Cake". christinesrecipes.com. January 26, 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
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