Penghu Salty Cake With Chai Poh / Preserved Turnip)

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A Recipe by Daddy Lau

My dad's been cooking Chinese food for over 50 years - as a kid fending for himself in Guangzhou, as the head chef of his own restaurant, and as a loving father in our home.

Hopefully, by learning this recipe, you'll get to lớn experience some of the delicious joy we felt growing up eating his food!

- Randy


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I don't think the vệ sinh family has ever eaten dim sum without calling over a few orders of turnip cake.

We're not alone - turnip cake is one of the most popular dim sum dishes around the world.

Turnip cake is also commonly made around Chinese holidays, as a symbol of prosperity in Chinese tradition.

Turnip Cake: A Good Omen


Many Chinese superstitions, good and bad, are based on word play.

For the same reason that the number "4" is bad luck because it sounds similar khổng lồ the word for "death", taro cake và other cake recipes are popular around the holidays because they symbolize higher growth & prosperity.

Particularly for "cake 糕", the word shares the same exact tone and pronunciation as the Chinese word for "high 高" - "gōu".

"cake" & "high" have different characters, but Chinese tradition has come to lớn attribute cakes with higher success, rising happiness, better health, and prosperity.

There are several sayings that tie into the cake/high connection, such as:

bouh bouh gōu sīng 步步升 - climb step by step, rise steadilyfaai gōu jéung daaih 快長大 - wishes for children to lớn grow taller & bigger quickly

My family makes Lo Bak Go year-round, but it’s a must during Lunar New Year!

Steamed spare ribs is a classic dim sum dish, và actually one of the easier dim sum recipes lớn recreate for your loved ones at home.

Before we get into the recipe, you might enjoy these interesting tidbits about our beloved past time, dim sum, và our favorite dish.

Dim Sum: A cảm ứng of Heart

The way most of us pronounce "dim sum" in English is very similar khổng lồ its Cantonese pronunciation, "dím sām", which roughly translates to lớn "a cảm ứng of heart".


It's a reference to the delectable snacks that 10th century teahouses would serve to traveling merchants in Guangzhou, one of the largest international ports along the Silk Road.

Even though dim sum is widely considered lớn belong to Cantonese cuisine, it evolved from a wide range of influences, largely because Guangzhou was and still is a critical hub for Chinese trade and a melting pot of different cultures.