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Water Chestnut Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Chinese style water chestnut cake--a traditional and yummy dim sum dessert
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: cake, Water Chestnut
Servings: 4 full of a 8 inch square pan and around 4 cm thick
Calories: 201 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 125 g water chestnut flour
  • 5 fresh water chestnut , or you can use canned one too
  • 2 slabs of sugar pieces , around 190g, this can be replaced by brown sugar or white sugar
  • 700 ml water , 150ml for soaking + 550ml for sugar water
  1. Soak the flour with 150ml water and stir until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes. Then re-stir. You can strain the mixture if necessary.
  2. In a deep plan, add the remaining water and the sugar pieces, heat over slow fire until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to boil and add minced fresh water chestnut in. Stop fire until the content begin to boil again.
  3. After the sugar water boils, stir the sugar water slowly to the square pan for soaking the flour in first step immediately. During the process, keep stirring the flour water to avoid settling to the bottom. After adding the boiling sugar water, the batter will become really thick. Shake it slightly to trowel.
  4. Set up the steamer and wok and then steam the batter for around 20 minutes. To check whether the batter is completely done, insert a toothpick in and see whether it is clean after pulling out.
  5. Cook down completely and then cut it into thick slices. In summer days, it can be directly served cold after stored in fridge. And in winter days, pan-frying the cake with a small amount of oil and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Water Chestnut Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Sugar 48g53%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.