Nian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake) 年糕


Nian gao (年糕)literally mean Year Cake or Chinese New Year Cake. Is a traditional food in Chinese New Year. The pronunciation of Nian gao sounds like “year high (年高)which symbolizes a higher income, a higher position, the growth of children, and generally the promise of a better year.

300g sugar
300ml water
300g glutinous rice flour
1 teaspoon oil

1. Brush the steaming mould with oil
2. In a saucepan and using a hand whisk, melt half of the sugar till caramelizes and remove from heat (do not cook too long as it will become bitter)


3.Add in the remaining sugar and mix well
4. Add in the water very slowly and carefully and use the hand whisk and mix well, leave to cool slightly


5. Pour the syrup into the glutinous rice flour and mix well (the texture should be like yoghurt and not watery)

6. Add in the oil and mix well


7. Sift the batter into mould and steam for 1 hour over high heat

8. Leave to cool for 24 hours to let it set


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