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May 19, 2009 10:09 AM

turnip dish @ congee wong (moved from Ontario board)

hi chowhounders,

quick question ... i LOVE the turnip patty dish @ congee wong and other similar restaurants (congee dynasty in mississauga). it's little squares of turnip patty with garlic (i think) and chiles. what is it called? and how can i make it at home??



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  1. Those things are like crack - I love them - big time. I started a thread on Congee Wong a few years ago and a few people recommended them - they're now a "must have" on every visit. I think they're called fried turnip cakes with chile or something like that. As for a recipe, try posting on the "Home Cooking" board.

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      I think the sauce is called "XO sauce", it's mildly spicy and usually made with dried scallop. You can buy small jars of XO sauce in chinese supermarket. I don't suggest making turnip cake at home, you can order them at any dim sum place. Just order for take out, then fry them at home with the XO sauce. Hack, you can even ask the dim sum place if they have XO sauce (they might charge you extra, though) and just dipping the turnip cake in XO sauce makes it that much better!

      1. re: rhchowder

        With respect, rhchowder, why should the OP not try making a dish she/he likes at home? This is what chow self-education is all about. Those turnip cakes are wonderful, and it would be an asset to have them in your repertoire!

        I love Ethiopian food, and recently have been teaching myself to make it at home. The exception is the injera, because it can take days and I usually have to satisfy my craving that day, so I have been buying it. I can buy wonderful injera at the shop, but that doesn't mean I don't want to be able to make it.

        Anyway, I did a little research and here's a link to a recipe for you, Lilaki. It has various cool ingredients other than what you mentioned, but I'm sure you can adapt to your tastes. Personally, I would leave everything in! Have fun...

        1. re: berbadeerface

          Hi Berbadeerface, I tried to think of any answer for your question but the only true answer I can come up with is because I'm lazy =P sorry for make the same assumption for the the OP. I did try make turnip cake at home with my girlfriend. and shredding those turnip is a real workout. Plus you have to diced all the ingredients and the project took the whole night. However, I have to admit turnip cake coming freshly out of the steamer taste so good you don't even need any sauce.

          1. re: rhchowder

            No problem! I'm sometimes lazy too, but if I come on a food forum asking how to make something, I don't want to be told not to bother because I can get it in a restaurant ;)

            Now you're making me hungry, I might have to go to my local dimsum place!

            1. re: berbadeerface

              My parents used to make it at home; now they are getting older it's really too much hassle (a workout as you say) and it's rather fiddly to get the texture right. So they buy it premade instead (and whine about how homemade is better :-)

              I like this version better - it calls for chinese sausages rather than chinese bacon:

              I prefer to put XO sauce on it after it's done, rather than having it mixed in.

          2. re: berbadeerface

            hi berbadeerface,

            thanks for the link!

            unfortunately, i'm looking for a slightly different turnip patty dish ... the ones @ congee wong and congee dynasty are vegetarian (at least as indicated on the menu) and are cut into little cubes and then stir-fried. i think i can probably use the recipe for the turnip patty part as per your link, but i'm trying to figure out what the sauce/flavourings are.

            and yep - i totally want to make this at home! :)


            1. re: lilaki

              You're welcome. Yeah, just leave out the meat and then cut them differently once they're made. Maybe add some fresh chilis and scallions too...

              Being in Philly, I've never been to Congee Wong, but now I want to take a food road-trip...

            2. re: berbadeerface

              I'm going to have a go at making these tonight, from the recipe I posted above. I haven't been able to stop thinking about turnip cakes and I need it in my repertoire!

              1. re: berbadeerface

                cool! please let me know how it goes! i haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

                1. re: lilaki

                  It went great, thanks! I was amazed at how easy it was. I followed the recipe exactly, with just one change - I added some scallions as well, and that definitely helped. I pan fried some last night after I steamed it, and some more again for lunch today after it cooled. To be honest they tasted a bit better last night when still fresh, but not by much!

                  1. re: berbadeerface

                    oh man ... now i totally want some!!! :)

                    tks for letting us know.

        2. turnip puddy. dried shrimps and scallions are also in it. apparently it's not so hard to make at home. apparently one's (grand)mother makes the best turnip puddy. [or anything else for that matter? :) ]

          1. Try looking for Fried Chili Turnip Patties on the menu (may say XO sauce by it, can't recall).

            1. Hmn.. I like the XO chili turnip things, but there are turnip cake too. The one I'm thinking of looks like this:

              I found them slightly better at Congee Queen in recent years. The taste of the wok hay was not present in Congee Wong's (Finch location) version. Was very happy when CQ (Donmills) opened and I was able to get a well prepared version again!

     -- food. is. love.

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              1. re: jlunar

                i agree... the congee queen ones are better than the congee wong ones. i find the latter to get mushy sometimes and the texture isn't as nice

                i think there are small shrimp in them though? so not sure if they are vegetarian. when i went w/ my vegetarian sister, we just asked them to make it without any shrimp or meat and they tasted just as good

                1. re: jlunar

                  YESSSS!!! that's the dish exactly!!!

                  any ideas on how to make it???

                  1. re: lilaki

                    To make it, first make the regular turnip cake (or buy it), cut it up into pieces, coat them with flour, deep fry or pan fry them, then stir fry with XO sauce.

                    1. re: Teep

                      hi teep,

                      when you say buy the regular turnip cake, is this something i can get at a chinese grocery store? or do you mean i need to buy it from a restaurant?

                      i'll have to check my T&T for XO sauce...


                      1. re: lilaki

                        Some grocery stores carry them, but actually this may not be the season. Usually you find them in the winter. You might find them frozen at T&T. Very often they come in a round foil container with a clear plastic lid.

                2. If you like this, I suggest you try the version at Graceful Vegetarian. They offer 2 on the menu for dim sum, the one w/ xo sauce is excellent. It's a vegetarian xo sauce so sans conpoy.