A Popular Asian Street Snack: Steamed Yam Cake
Steamed Yam Cake is a popular snack enjoyed by both Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. Known as Kuih Keladi, this is basically a steamed cake (kueh) that is made from fresh yam, dried shrimps, dried shiitake mushrooms and a flour batter. There are many versions of the traditional steamed yam cake. My version is a family passed-down recipe shared by my sister who just love and is very good with all kinds of local Kuehs. It is truly an honour to have the opportunity to learn from her!
A Great Kueh With All The Goodness of Yam
To make delicious yam cake, we need to choose yam that are fluffy, powdery and aromatic. To enhance its fragrance, the yam is fried together with all the other flavourful ingredients and then seasoned with salt, ground white pepper, chicken stock granules and five spice powder. Dried shrimp and dried mushrooms are a must-have for the traditional steamed yam cake, as they certainly elevate the taste and texture.
Last but not least, garnishing with deep fried shallots (Click to see the Crispy Fried Shallots recipe) gives the steamed cake such an amazing aroma. Better still, use the shallot oil from the homemade fried shallots during the cooking process. You as well as your guests will never have enough!