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Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts

Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts (Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake)

I don’t mean I’m good at making foods in heart shape, no matter it is a simple heart-shaped fried egg or grilled beef fillet.

But I have to admit again that I like variations, including Chinese celery for herbs, or vinegar in a soy milk for a different texture. Here I have made a radish cake aka lo bak go or law bak go 蘿蔔糕, which is traditionally round, into a heart-themed.

Although no special skills is required, we need a heart-shaped steam-proof container. I used 1/5 of this recipe for making two ramekins of lo bak go.

Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts (Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake)

To prevent the cake from cracking when it is being sliced into heart shapes, remember to pack down the sticky dough a bit in your container before it is sent for steaming.

To un-mould the cake, I let the cake cool down completely after steamed, and had it (with the ramekin) sat in a bowl of hot water for a roughly a minute. Then, reverse the ramekin on a cutting board, tapping it gently.

Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts (Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake)

To slice, simply cut cake in half horizontally, about 2 cm thick each, to yield two heart-shaped slices. Frying slices of radish cake with crust can be as simple as frying tofu if you know the ‘heat pan enough’ trick.

But if you are new in making radish (turnip) cake from scratch, I believe it would be fun to read my previous post (with step-by-step photo) on it.

Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts (Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake)

Whether or not this recipe comes just in time for your celebration of the Valentine’s Day tomorrow, hope you have already enjoyed the Chinese New Year holidays started on February 10.

Happy and Prosperous Year of Snack everyone!

Homemade Lo Bak Go Hearts (Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake)


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  1. elaine chan

    Gong Xi Fai Cai. Radish cake look delicious!

  2. TasteHongKong

    @elaine chan,
    Gong Xi Fai Cai! Thanks!

  3. Pat

    Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year !

  4. TasteHongKong

    You too, Happy and Healthy New Year!

  5. Iris

    Oh man, craving some pan-fried lo bak go now! Heart-shaped or not… 😛

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  7. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    Gong Hei Fat Choy! Wish you good fortune and good health!
    I love turnip cake! While I was making them this year, I realized that I have bought the wrong flour. I tried to go and buy some, but all was sold out. At the end, I didn’t have any turnip cake this year. So sad…

  8. TasteHongKong

    Whichever, enjoy : )!

  9. TasteHongKong

    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness,
    Gong Hei Fat Choy! Good health and more fortune to you too!
    Turnip is still in the season, hope you’ll enjoy the cake very soon, and cheers!

  10. Juliana

    Oh Maureen, these heart shape turnip cake are so cute…I have to show this to my mom…as she is the one that always make this cake and send them to me 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying your week and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  11. tigerfish

    How clever to make heart-shaped Lo Bak Go for CNY and Valentine’s Day!
    Lo Bak Go is my favorite dim-sum dish and I have been toying with the idea to make my own but it just seems too intimidating. Maybe I shd really make some for next CNY. -I have one more year to procrastinate and prepare! ;p

  12. lena

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you, Maureen! this is a sweet idea! i’m sure your valentine smiled all his way thru these lo bak goh!

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  14. Stephanie

    These are adorable!! I learned how to make the turnip cakes this year and now I can’t wait to make them into cute little shapes like yours

  15. noobcook

    really cute and I like an Asian Valentine recipe for a change. Wishing you and your loved ones, a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

  16. Lori

    I love radish/turnip cakes! These look delicious and so festive. Nothing says love like heart shaped food! 🙂

  17. TasteHongKong

    Am away from H.K. reading your feed backs (with limited Internet access), thank you for dropping by and writing!

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