Ramp Rice Cakes

By clintonhillbilly
April 29, 2010
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Author Notes: This recipe was inspired by two things I had at Starry Kitchen, a new restaurant in downtown LA. The first was a hamburger with hoisin sauce and a lot of green onions in the patty. The second was a rice cake with kimchi, parmesan, and a creamy sauce. I though ramps might be somewhat similar to scallions and that a ramp-heavy rice cake might be quite delicious. I am a big ginger fan so this recipe has a lot of ginger, as well as some crumbled bacon. I used Fakin' Bacon tempeh bacon since my partner is vegetarian, but I think meat bacon would work well too. - clintonhillbillyclintonhillbilly

Food52 Review: The rice cakes are jam-packed with ramps, which go very well with the ginger and garlic. The fried cakes form a crispy crust that contrasts nicely with the sticky interior. The dipping sauce packs some heat and adds a nice creaminess to the rice cakes. - StephanieThe Editors

Serves: 7

  • 2 cups sticky rice (sushi rice), cooked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 1/2 cup jack cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups ramps, chopped
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 heaping tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or other chili sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons garlic mayonnaise or aioli
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 vegetarian or meat bacon strips, fried crisp and crumbled
  • 1/2 inch olive or other oil
  1. Saute ramps, garlic, and ginger for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Combine ramps, garlic, ginger, rice, matzo meal, egg, jack cheese, and bacon in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well, then form into seven patties by hand. Season well.
  4. Heat 1/2 inch olive or other oil in a skillet. Pan-fry ramp rice cakes till golden on both sides. Drain on a paper towel.
  5. In a small bowl, mix garlic mayonnaise, sriracha, and soy sauce thoroughly. Season with a little black pepper.
  6. Serve ramp rice cakes with dipping sauce while still hot from frying.

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