During CNY (Chinese New Year), vendors at local wet markets would see the sales of white radish, preserved sausages, and dried mushrooms increase exponentially. Chinese radish cakes (蘿蔔糕) is a very common “dim sum” dish that could be ordered in Chinese restaurants for breakfast or lunch; however, this is a must have during CNY. In restaurants, customers are served three to four slices of pan-fried radish cakes when it is ordered; during CNY, radish cakes are bought in a 12-inch circular pan to serve to guests that drop by and offer their blessings. It is very common for friends and relatives to chit-chat and catch-up up over a plate of hot and sizzling radish cake and Chinese tea .
Many people nowadays purchase the radish cakes at supermarkets, but for the housewives that kept up the tradition of making the cakes themselves, it is a very delicious treat for the guests and visitors. During CNY, the oldest generation of a family would stay at the home while younger relatives drop by to pay their respects and wish everyone in the family a prosperous and healthy year ahead. My sister loves eating pan-fried radish cakes, and my aunt has picked up the skills of making home-made radish cakes last years and have been making it for everyone since. I got to tell you, I love her recipe and it tastes so much “yummier” than the ones I could buy at supermarkets. All the prettily wrapped up radish cakes at supermarkets seem to lack the “love” and “care” that I find in my aunt’s radish cakes. I think my sister is going to be in HK for CNY next year, so she will definitely be in for a treat, since she is a huge fan of radish cakes!