Water chestnut cake

Water chestnut cake
Course dim sum
Place of origin Guangdong, China
Region or state Cantonese-speaking areas
Main ingredients shredded Chinese water chestnut
Cookbook: Water chestnut cake  Media: Water chestnut cake
Water chestnut cake
Traditional Chinese 馬蹄糕
Simplified Chinese 马蹄糕
Hanyu Pinyin mǎtí gāo
Literal meaning horsehoof cake

Water chestnut cake (simplified Chinese: 马蹄糕; traditional Chinese: 馬蹄糕; Jyutping: maa5 tai4 gou1) is a sweet Cantonese dim sum dish made of shredded Chinese water chestnut.[1] When served during dim sum the cake is usually cut into square-shaped slices and pan-fried before serving. The cake is soft, but holds its shape after the frying. Sometimes the cake is made with chopped water chestnuts embedded into each square piece with the vegetable being visible. One of the main trademark characteristics of the dish is its translucent appearance.

It is one of the standard dishes found in the dim sum cuisine of Hong Kong, and is also available in select overseas Chinatown restaurants.

See also


  1. "Water Chestnut Cake for Chinese New Year and sometimes Valentine's Day". tastehongkong.com. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2007.

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