• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 8 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Ingredient

  • 1 Yam
  • 150g dried prawns
  • 300g waxed pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 rice bowls rice flour
  • 6 rice bowls water
  • 2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. To make the wu tau koh, it is best to use shredded yam instead of cubed ones. Begins the process by removing the skin of the yam with a big, sharp-bladed vegetable peeler.
  2. Then cut the yam in half. Slide the halves across a vegetable shredder in smooth, singular movements to produce neat, unbroken strands of yam. These strands of yam will 'hold' the structure of the wu tau koh and give it texture.
  3. Next, chop dried prawns and half kati of waxed pork into a mince.
  4. It is best not to chop the dried prawns and waxed pork too finely if you want to add a bit of `bite´ to the yam cake. It is nice to chew on bits of prawns and meat when eating wu tau koh so that you don´t feel like you´re only eating flour and nothing else.
  5. Stir fry all that shredded yam, minced meat and dried prawns in a fair amount of oil and one tablespoon of minced garlic. Toss the ingredients in a big wok for 15 minutes or until the heavenly smell of a fragrant stir-fry has wafted around the entire kitchen.
  6. Meanwhile, as the stir-frying is under way, mix three rice bowls of rice flour with six rice bowls of water. Flavour this mixture with two teaspoons of five-spice powder and 1½ teaspoon of salt.
  7. Then pour the shredded yam, rice flour and water into a flat round metal tray measuring 45cm in diameter and 6cm deep. Use your splayed fingers to mix the shredded yam so that they do not clump.
  8. Then put the baking tray in a big wok filled with water and steam for one hour over a large fire. A charcoal stove is preferable because it imparts a certain flavour to the wu tau koh.

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