I hope you do not get sated seeing another version of 'Nian Gao', specially to my friends who dislike this type of sticky cake...If you read my previous post on the steamed nian gao with grated coconut, basically the sticky cake was bought from a 'pasar pagi' (morning market) and I was extremely disappointed specially it is not fragrant and flavorful. Probably due to less ingredients used and process of steaming is very short.
Previously, I have read the recipe of making nian gao and I am looking forward to make it a week before CNY arrives...Thank goodness, I made it happen.**happy**
After making this, now I know better why a delicious and authentic nian gao is so expensive because you need the patience during the process of steaming. Not to mention, for those who using gas to cook it, you will definitely feel your gas cylinder becomes lighter
According to Sonia's mom (Nasi Lemak Lover), if you want to achieve a better caramelization, full of glutinous rice fragrant and nice brown colour of your cake, you will need to spend at least 5 hours to steam these sweeties.
Well, I did not manage to achieve the timing instead I just steamed them merely for 2 hours.
Nian Gao (adapted from Sonia's blog and but the ratio is credited to Kelly)
**used 3 ramekins**
350g - glutinous rice flour
350g Sugar (250g brown sugar and 100g caster sugar)
2 tbsp sunflower oil
Banana leaves - soften it by blanched in hot water
1. Line the ramekins with banana leaves.
2. Place the glutinous rice flour in a large bowl, mix in brown sugar, oil and water. Stir the mixture till sugar dissolved.
3. Use a small saucepan to cook the caster sugar until it is fully caramelised
4. Pour the caramelised sugar into flour mixture, and stir until the golden syrup dissolved in the mixture.
5. Strain the mixture and pour the mixture in ramekins.
6. Steam cake over high flame for 1 hour, and turn to low flame for another one or two hours (ideal is 4 hours). **Don't forget to check on the water level, refill hot water from time to time.**
I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover