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Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Sticky Cake)

Chinese New Year is approaching next week. Majority of the Chinese in the world will have a big celebration. I always feel that I am one of those rare minority who don’t really celebrate New Year. I left home at the age of 13 for further education and since then, I rarely go home for New Year. One of the reason was because the New Year season was always the busiest for my family since we were in the tourism business. So we never had the time to celebrate CNY. However even though we don’t really celebrate as a family, we would always receive lots of yummy goodies from relatives and friends. That is probably the only “New Year tradition” that I know – the food.

Nian Gao

For this New Year, I haven’t made any cookies yet but I did make this sticky cake. It’s one of my favorite New Year food. I love to pan fry this with either egg or sandwich between 2 slices of yam (taro) or sweet potato. I know some people like it soft and coated with shredded coconut. How do you like to eat your sticky cake?

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  • chinnee February 2, 2008, 12:01 pm

    wow…Yvette, u are really fantastic…not easy to make this LOL!!!

    Aww, thanks Chinnee! Actually it’s not too bad. Just need some time to steam.

  • Little Corner of Mine February 3, 2008, 5:56 am

    Love your nian gao. I actually like it both ways, either soft with shredded coconut or deep-fried.

    Thanks, LCOM!

  • miche February 3, 2008, 1:02 pm

    u r good. how did u do cook it? microwave or gas? my MIL’s kuih bakul did not turn out right…half of it has be thrown away!

    Miche, I steam it.

  • michele January 27, 2009, 12:25 pm

    my mom steams them to be cooked. when i receive the cake as my new year gift, i slice them up and pan fry them. they’re tricky to handle since they are extremely sticky! the trick is to use non stick, and to let it brown on 1 side… with out constantly flipping them over. if you flip them over before they are browned, they are really sticky and hard to handle. if you make a mistake and flip them on top of another piece, they most likely will get stuck together. i got a non stick electric griddle as a gift a few months ago and it works like a charm.

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