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Friday, 5 February 2016

How To Make Chinese New Year Cake | Nian Gao 傳統蒸年糕做法 | Homemade Sticky Rice Cakes




A traditional dessert eaten during Chinese New Years is Nian GaoIt meaning "Glutinous Rice Cake," which means something along the lines of "growing taller every year." Similar to "a pinch to grow an inch," this is just used to wish the person good luck and good health in the New Year!

Ingredients
2 cups glutinous rice flour
1 cup wheat starch
1/2 dark muscovado sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp of vegetable oil

Method:
1) Pour 2 cups of coconut milk and bring to boil, Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup dark muscovado sugar . Stir the sugar constantly over middle low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

2) In a large bowl, Sift  2 cups of glutinous rice flour, and 1 cup wheat starch. Add 65c hot, warm or cold sweetened coconut milk and 
Stir until well combined. Strain for a perfectly smooth and satisfying combination.

3) Pour the mixture into the prepared greased mould. Steam for 1 - 3 hours.
Remove the cake from the heat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate overnight.

To serve in the next day:
Cut the cake into square pieces, reheat and serve the cake as is,
or pan fried with eggs.

Good Luck, Everyone!

Helpful Tips:
1) How long can I keep this - Nian gao ''Chinese New Year's cake'' ?
Use a wrap cling or sealed film bags can be stored for up to 1 month in the fridge. The longer you store it, the harder it will gets, don't worry! It softens, when you reheat or pan fried.

2) You can either adjust the steaming time accordingly or for longer 3 to 5 hours.

3) If you are add 65°C, your batter should be thin, and watery. Just use a strainer which is helpful to strain out and make sure you've smooth batter. 

4) Temperature of the coconut milk will effect the batter, thin, watery and thick.

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk

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