Monday, January 30, 2012

Nian Gao or Sticky Rice Cake

The Lunar Chinese New Year is celebrated over 15 days. During this period, auspicious food would be consumed and one of this would be Nian Gao or Sticky Rice Cake made from glutinous rice flour and sugar.

Eating Nian Gao, (Chinese: 年糕; pinyin: nián'gāo) during the Lunar New Year is considered good luck as it symbolises increasing one's prosperity every year.This association makes Nian Gao a popular gift item during the New Year period.

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The traditional Nian Gao is round with a auspicious decoration such as the character for prosperity 发 on its top. The character is often written in the traditional Chinese script.

It is sold is several sizes small, medium and big. As a gift item, Nian Gao are fashioned into different shapes with attractive packaging to suit the festivee season. Popular designs include a pair of carps 年年有余 symbolizing surplus every year, ingots 元宝, or the God of Wealth 财神. These designs are auspicious symbols and sends good wishes for the New Year.

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There are several ways of eating Nian Gao. Some would just consumed it steamed, sometimes steamed and then coat it with freshly grated coconut or else it would be sliced into pieces, dipped into a batter and fried. A popular method of eating this in Malaysia would be to sandwhich it between a thin piece of yam and sweet potato, coat it with batter and then deep fried.

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Nian Gao or Sticky Rice Cake


1 medum size Nian Gao, sliced into squares
1 medium size sweet potato, sliced into squares
1 medium size yam, sliced into squares

For the Batter:

100g rice flour
45g cake flour or all purpose flour
20g corn flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4tsp salt
1 tsp oil
1 egg
110 - 120 ml ice water


1) Into a bowl, add all the flour and salt.

2) Add the egg and oil into the ice water and mix. Then gradually pour in the liquid into the flour, stirring to mix until it becomes a thick batter.

3) Sandwich the Nian Gao with 1 piece of yam and 1 piece of sweet potato. Set aside.

4) Heat about 1 cm high vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot, reduce to medium low heat. Dip the Nian Gao sandwich into the batter and then gently drop into the oil. Becare as it will splatter when it starts to cook.

5) Fry until golden brown. Drain and set aside. Best consumed whilst still warm.

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Passionate About Baking said...

Ooh, yummy! This is how I like my nian gao too! It was usually prepared by my mom. This time round, I think I'll just go with batter!

WendyinKK said...

I love it when the nian gao oooozes out while it's still warm.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Happy lunar new year Jo! Hope the new year brings you lots of good and happy things! I love nian gao served this way, yum! Gonna make it on the last day of the CNY, tks for the recipe! 😊

Angie's Recipes said...

Beautiful Niao Gao presentation. They look very delicious too.

Jobless Girl said...

This is awesome dishes for CNY and I remember there is one stall at Damansara Height sell this sticky rice cake and the taste nice too.

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Edith said...

I am craving for this now. Too late for marketing.

Noob Cook said...

I still have a piece of nian gao and would love to make nian gao sandwich too. Yours look perfect :)

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Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai ! I like this old way of fried nian gao..

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Nowadays, I hardly eat niangao... this brings back some great memories...

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tigerfish said...

You are very creative! I like how you combine with taro to make a sweet treat.

Emily said...

Yumm.Yumms! One of my fav during CNY!

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