RECIPE: Shredded Taro Cake

RECIPE: Shredded Taro Cake
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What you need to know

A specialty hailing from Tainan, southern Taiwan, this dish is best served hot.

By Linda Lin

Ingredients for the taro cake

  • 2 pounds shredded taro
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon potato flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Ingredients for the meat sauce

  • Minced pork meat
  • Mushrooms
  • Dried shrimp
  • Fried shallots

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • Cilantro

Equipment and other things

  • Steamer
  • Grater/shredder with large holes or food processor with shredding disc
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0. The prep area prior to cooking.

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1. Shred taro to pieces — careful with those fingers!

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The ideal consistency.

2. Add dry ingredients to taro and mix until it feels like it's sticking together.

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3. Line a bowl with parchment paper, pour in taro mixture, and lightly compress.

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4. Top with meat mixture, carrots and fried shallots.

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5. Steam for approximately 30 minutes. Make sure to bring the water to a boil before inserting the bowl.

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6. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

This article was originally published on taiwaneseculture.org as "Shredded Taro Cake."

Editor: Olivia Yang