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Turnip Cake or Radish Cake on Skewers

Turnip Cake or Radish Cake on Skewers

Happy Chinese New Year Every One!

Among the various forecasts of the Year of Rabbit, I like the one suggesting that we are going to have a peaceful year following the last turbulent year of Tiger.

I cooked this dish tranquilly in my kitchen. No flame, no heated pan, no sizzling; I just prepared the turnip cake as if I was grilling satay or kebab in my oven.

To make this skewer dish, you will first need a steamed turnip cake chilled in fridge for at least a day in advance. Then slice out the portion you wish to serve. Mind you, this is not a traditional way of serving turnip cake but is one of my happy adventures of making cooking simple and clean. Traditionally, a turnip cake is sliced and pan-fried or simply reheated by steaming.

You may check out my homemade turnip cake with step-by-step photos here. If you happen to visit Hong Kong before or during Chinese New Year, You may also buy it from Cantonese restaurants or established cake shops.

Turnip Cake or Radish Cake

  • Ingredients
  • turnip cake
  • oil


Preheat oven with grill function to 160 degree C.

Cut turnip cake into larger square cubes or rectangular cubes; mine are about 3x2x2cm. Thread the turnip cubes on to skewers.

Brush oil on all sides of turnip cake cubes.

Place on an oven-proof dish and grill for 5 minutes or till golden brown. Turn and grill the opposite side for another 3 minutes, or also till golden brown.

Serve hot with chili sauce or sauce your prefer.

Turnip Cake or Radish Cake on Skewers

If you use wooden or bamboo skewers, soak them in water for about 10 to 15 minutes before threading.

Hope the ‘Rabbit’ not only radiates its influences on my kitchen, on the place I live, but also on every part of the globe. Let it calms floods, droughts, and all social unrest.

Peace, may we share? We are fortunate here to have fireworks on every second day of Chinese New Year (as least for the past decade if my memory serves me correctly) above the Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong. Below was the one just performed on February 4, 2011. Enjoy!

Have a Healthy Year of Rabbit!

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  2. Christine@Christine's Recipes

    Radish cake is one of my must-have foods for CNY! Great idea of grilling them, make them look more appealing to eyes, can be a finger food at party.
    Happy New Year !

  3. Tastes of Home (Jen)

    Love your radish cake and the skewer idea is such a great idea! Happy CNY to you too and hope the rabbit year will be a peaceful year for all ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. TasteHongKong

    @Christine@Christine’s Recipes,
    I also think I have the radish cake in every CNY, unless I’m away from H.K.

    @Taste of Home (Jen),
    Thanks for your kind wishes.

  5. Lena

    happy new year to you, maureen! this is simply cute and neat to put those cakes on skewers.

  6. Angie's Recipes

    Radish cake on skewers! I seriously love this brilliant idea.

  7. penny aka jeroxie

    oh! nice idea to have it on skewers. will have to make this again.

  8. TasteHongKong

    Happy New Year to you too.


    @penny aka jeroxie
    Enjoy again.

  9. noobcook

    wishing you a happy CNY! I like this way of serving turnip cake, it’s very easy to eat.

  10. milkitchen

    Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Hope the rabbit year WILL bring you and everyone peace and health too. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the firework video. It is a quiet CNY from where I am living and I have been yearning to hear some fireworks and firecrackers. I haven’t had any turnip cake too….maybe I will go out to get myself some tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. TasteHongKong

    Yes easy to eat and simple to cook. Happy CNY!

    You too! And good luck shopping. Hope you will soon enjoy making turnip cake in your own kitchen from scratch.

  12. kai chan

    hello, happy chinese new year! ๐Ÿ™‚ i stumble this from foodgawker ๐Ÿ™‚
    this year i’ve made turnip cake from scratch for hte first time with mommy! first batch was a fail but the rest were beautiful!

    i wanted to share that another way i like to eat ’em is pan fry but with eggs
    just pan fry it as you normally do and crack an egg on top and flip so the egg is attached to the cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Paula

    I think I could eat this all day long, because I love such delicious looking things ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. TasteHongKong

    @kai chan,
    Happy Chinese New Year!
    I like pan-fried turnip cake too though not necessarily with eggs. Congrats on you beautiful cake, and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    Thanks, just a friendly reminder that eating too much grilled or pan-fried turnip cake could make you feel heaty.

  15. Little Inbox

    Love radish cake. Can’t resist the fragrant smell. Hmm…
    Happy CNY!

  16. Mei Teng

    I love radish cakes. Happy Chinese New Year to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. tigerfish

    Nice skewer rendition. More surface area exposed to crispiness ;)….more crisp bits! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy Lunar New Year to you.

  18. Juliana

    Oh! I just had this at my mom’s…but we did not have them on the skewers…yours look fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  19. TasteHongKong

    @Little Inbox,
    @Mei Teng,
    Happy Chinese New Year!

  20. mumusings

    Happy new year! Kong hei fatt choy!

  21. TasteHongKong

    Kong hey fat choy! Happy Rabbit year!

  22. Chinoiseries

    Belated happy new year to you! This recipe is just perfect for me, I love turnip cake, but it just tends to fall apart when eating it the “regular” way… Must try this soon!