Lor Bok Goh

Turnip Cake

Preparation info

  • 18-20

    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Dim Sum Book

The Dim Sum Book

By Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Published 1982

  • About

This cake is symbolic at the time of the New Year. The cake, the “goh,” represents one’s job, business, or fortune, and as the cake rises during baking, one’s position is said to improve.


  • 1 pound, 5 ounces (about 4 cups) fresh Chinese turnips
  • 25 ounces cold wate


  1. Wash and peel the turnips. Grate them coarsely.

  2. In a large pot, place the turnips, the 25 ounces of cold water, and the ginger, white wine, garlic, and the pinch of white pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and simmer, with lid par