Steamed Yam Cake – Kuih Keladi 蒸芋头糕 – special

Steamed Yam Cake – Kuih Keladi 蒸芋头糕 – special

Steamed Yam Cake – Kuih Keladi 蒸芋头糕.- special. I had a week of holiday with my outlaws and I have had enough of western food. Really desperate for kuih. So today decided to steam a yam cake. I bought a packet of yam a couple of weeks back and have been itching to use it. 

Over the years I have experimented with this recipe and I have got it just the way I like it. I do not like the ones with preserved radish, mushrooms, peanuts or even mince meat. I just want plain yam as I love the taste of yam and I do not often have yam.  I have adjusted my recipe to suit the frozen yam I buy. They come in a pack of 1kg. 

Steamed Yam Cake – Kuih Keladi 蒸芋头糕 is quite a forgiving dish and I will explain in the pics and recipe.  My recipe is not that hard to do actually and I will give you some tips that I have learned through trial and error.

MAY 3, 2018 BY ADMIN

Steamed Yam Cake – Kuih Keladi 蒸芋头糕 – special


For the Yam

  • 1 kg Yam
  • 1 tbsp Chicken powder
  • 1 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 2 – 3 cup Chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Shallot oil

For the Batter

  • 400 g Rice flours
  • 200 g Tapioca flours or 180g tapioca flours + 20g wheat starch
  • litres Chicken stock
  • 1 tsp 5 spice
  • 1 tbsp Chicken powder


  • 150 g Dried shrimps soaked and fried
  • 100 g Crispy pork lard
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 1 cup Prepared fried crispy shallots

Steaming Pan

  • 1 tbsp Shallot oil to brush pan


Yam Cake Preparation

  • Cube 1kg of YAM, fry with your shallots oil. Add a tbsp of chicken powder and 5-spice + a pinch of pepper. Fry until you can smell the good YAM smell then add in a cup of chicken stock. Fry a bit and your yam will soak up the stock. Add another cup. You want your yam to be soft but holds it's shapes.
  • I used 400g of rice flour and 200g of tapioca flour mix with 1½ litres of light chicken stock. Add pinch of 5 spice. ( You can substitute 20g of tapioca flours for wheat starch if you want a more springy texture. (if you prefer a softer consistency you can add a bit more stock)
  • Add the batter mixture to the fried yam and turn heat off when they start to thickens.
  • Place into pan oiled with shallots oil and steam for an hour on medium heat.. Read TIP on how to flatten it nicely.
  • When done and still hot quickly pressed on top your crispy fried dried shrimps and shallots. Then add thinly shredded spring onions, mince chillies and other garnishing.
  • Wait till completely cool before removing from mould and slicing.


TIP – Use a piece of cling film to help you get a smoother surface. TIP – Use another chopping board and tin foil to help you flip out the yam cake. TIP – To me a good Yam cake must have chucks of yam so when you fry your yam make sure they are soft but not meshed TIP – To unmould the cake – Please refer to pics.

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