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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Steamed Nian Gao with Grated Coconut

'Nian gao' means sticky cake or Chinese New Year's sticky cake is a popular dessert during this festive season, although we can have it all round year. We, Chinese believe by eating this cake will bring luck and raising oneself taller in each coming year. Hmmm....all I know is if I eat too much, my gastric buddy will come to wish me Happy Chinese New Year..heheheheheh

To make this steamed nian gao, one must have this cake and grated coconut. Banana leaf is optional. I thought it will give a better fragrance during the steaming process.
Ingredients :
1) Nian Gao
2) Grated Coconut

Cut them into small slices or size you desire.

Lay them over the grated coconut . Steam at high heat for 5-6 mins

I over steamed the first plate and became very soft and hard to manage. Blame the sleepy eyes. Nevertheless, I still can shape into small balls and coated them completely with grated coconut.

Little gooey balls....

To achieve a better mouth and nose sensation, I place it in the oven and lightly toasted them.

Although I would love to have deep fried nian gao, but steaming them also another good option for I prefer the cake to be soft and gooey. Gentle to the throat.

Now, I can offer to the Kitchen God so that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky nian gao, and he can't badmouth our families to the God of All Gods..Hhehehehehhe

Wishing all my readers to have a PROSPEROUS AND HEALHTY CHINESE NEW YEAR...Huat arr!

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover


  1. Not a fan of nian gao, find it hard to swallow and not crazy about the taste either and not a fan of things coated with grated coconut...but they do look good though. Nice presentation.

  2. Oh! I love this steamed nian gao with a little bit salt.

  3. I feel like buying one and steam it now!!

  4. Steamed nian gao..I nver try before,but I don't really like nian gao too.

  5. kebiasaannya, i mkn mcm tue jer nian gao. xder msk2. happy chinese new year.

  6. Cannot wait till they are steamed almost wanted to grab a few pieces while they are still hard and not steamy soft later haha.

  7. Looks good! Lightly toasting the coconut flakes, quite a good idea!

  8. I'm not a fan of nian gao but this sure looks delicious!

  9. I'll prepare them this way for the family but I won't quite eat it since I don't like coconut:P

    My own portion will be rolled in oats:D

  10. Nice! this is how you make it. :)

    BTW, how do you make nian gao?

    It looks homemade, would love to experiment with your recipe.

    Happy CNY Yee Ling and family! :D

  11. I love nian gao...but i still prefer the deep fried version.



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