Pinoy Twists

July 24, 2020
Labanos Cake

Time needed: 1 day and 2 hours.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate
Makes: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:
¼ cup hibe
1½ cup hot water
2 pieces large labanos
2 tablespoons oil
2 pieces red onion/sibuyas tagalog, minced
5 pieces garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup chorizo de Bilbao, minced
1 cup small shrimp, minced
1 cup rice flour
½ cup cornstarch
2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1¾ cups water
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste

Street food Sauce Dip:
5 pieces garlic clove, minced
red onion, minced
1½ cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2½ tablespoons soy sauce
½ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Procedure:

  1. Prepare batter

    In a large bowl, combine rice flour, cornstarch, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, water, then season with salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth loose batter, making sure that everything is completely combined and dissolved with no lumps. Set aside.

  2. Fry aromatics

    In a large pan or wok, add oil, onions, and garlic. Turn on heat to low and gently fry the onions and garlic until crispy. Fish out the crispy aromatics.

  3. Cook the meats

    In the same oil and pan, saute the hibe, chorizo, and shrimp for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

  4. Cook labanos mixture

     Add labanos and liquid from soaking hibe. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir continuously on medium heat until the radish becomes translucent. Remove from heat.

  5. Mix the batter and mixture

    Pour 1/3 of the starch mixture into the still-hot labanos mixture, mixing immediately to make sure everything gets coated as the mixture starts to thicken and becomes sticky. Keep mixing until there is no more running liquid in the pan. Pour another 1/3 of the mixture and repeat this step until all the starch mixture has been added and you have a thick, almost like pancake batter mixture coating everything well and not running off.

  6. Mix in crispy aromatics

    Mix in the crispy aromatics until well combined.

  7. Place in mold

    Place the mixture into a baking pan that fits into the steamer and lined with parchment paper. Level out the mixture by gently shaking and tapping it.

  8. Steam and chill

    Place the baking pan onto the steamer rack and cover. Bring the water to a boil on high heat then lower to low. Steam for about 40 minutes – 1 hour. Turn off heat and let it cool completely. Then let it set in the refrigerator overnight.

  9. Slice and fry

    Cut into preferred size and place onto a pan with oil and pan-fry on low heat. Fry each side for  3 – 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain any excess oil on paper towels.

  10. Make dipping sauce

    Combine all ingredients in a pan and mix well.