Sunday, January 22, 2006

Nian Gao/年糕 (Kuih Bakul)

年 糕 (Nian Gao or Kuih Bakul) is one of the must have food or auspicious food for Chinese during Chinese New Year. This sweet, sticky glutinous rice cake is made from steamed glutinous rice flour mixed together with water and brown sugar.

Eating 年糕 (Nian Gao) symbolises a sweet life ahead and family togetherness. There is a Chinese saying regarding " 吃年糕,步步高(升)", which means "advance step by step toward higher positions and prosperity."

There are several ways to eat Nian Gao:
- Steaming the Nian Gao until the cake becomes soft and eat it on its own;
- Coating the steamed Nian Gao with grated coconut and salt/sugar;
- Coating slices of semi hard Nian Gao in beaten egg + salt and fry it in pan.
- Sandwich a slice of kuih bakul between a slice of sweet potato and a slice of yam. Dip the "sandwich" in the coating mixture (Mix flour, beaten egg, salt and water together to a suitable consistency) and deep fry it.

*Which one is your favourite?

35 comments:

Jellyfish said...

ishhhhh

u r faster than me

tot of blogging it last friday or saturday one
mana tau no time to blog n u blog liao
hehhe

Chen said...

jellyfish,
few more days left before CNY ..
cannot be slow :D
in fact can start count down now :)

Jellyfish said...

tats y lor....
CNY liao lagi bz
kekeekee....

gong xi fa chai...
*cough* :P

Chen said...

jellyfish,
cough? then u cannot eat "kum" liao, hahahha...

btw, I didn't "see" or "hear" anything :P

Jellyfish said...

ish....
this kai jie
kekekeke

Chen said...

jellyfish,
u can get big angpow from the "famous" uncle - unker fh2o ;)

Jellyfish said...

unker fh2o din read this comment yet :P

Chen said...

I just visited unker's blog..
he posted the kuching bloggers meet photo up there :)
He is so tall... like a giant :D
don't dare to stand beside him next time..

sbanboy said...

yummy .... I must come to Penang

Chen said...

sbanboy,
err.. No doubt Penang has lots of good food, but don't tell me u want to come to Penang just for the Nian Gao :P
U change profile pict liao?
cute baby pict :)

Jellyfish said...

wohhhhhhhh....

giant unker ar?
kekekekeke....
nvm, as long as got big angpow

yalor, how come this guy change to baby pic lioa one? too tension studying?
kekekekekekekke....

Chen said...

jellyfish,
must praise praise unker a bit.. then angpow will be "bigger",
since unker is so famous liao.. :)

NBB said...

i love kuih bulan...kuih bulan...kuih bulan...hehehe

Chen said...

nurul,
Err? suddenly change the topic from kuih bakul to kuih bulan?
Have to wait for another 7 months plus to get the moon cake leh... :)

sbanboy said...

I am hungry again ... duh

Changed to baby picture coz me an innocent helpless trusting baby carried by the big big strong hands of God :)

Cynthia said...

i like the steammed nian kau.. like glue like that.. superb yummie. =)

Chen said...

sbanboy,
oops.. since u r on call tonight, hope u won't have a busy night... and able to sleep well :)

cynthia,
hahha.. yeah, just like glue.. very sticky :D

Selba said...

I like the steaming one :)
Don't like coating it with coconut or fried with beaten egg coz' it's so oily..
The sandwich... that's new for me... any pic of it? :)

FH2O said...

aiyo! now i feel so hungry for fried sandwich one! great with coffee! yummy!!!!

Alicia said...

i like all especially the steamed one xD

Robin said...

hmmm.. whoever invented sugar free Nian Kou will definitely make the next million buck!

Or Pandan Flavour, Durian Flavour or Mango Flavour? hmmm .. how come nobody thought abt this?

I better get back to my food business.. law sucks!

Chen said...

Selba,
Sorry, I don't have picture on the fried sandwich Nian Gao (I'm not making that this year)

fh2o,
I'm now hungry as well ---> cos I haven't have my breakfast yet..

Alicia,
All are nice, but too bad we can't eat too much at one time..
the sense of bloated sensation :P

Robin,
wow.. Great idea :)
ow about coffee flavoured Nian Gao?

fish fish said...

The simplest is the best. The one that freshly came out from a steamer. Yum Yum~~~

See bloggers back in M'sia all write about CNY's articles, making me Suan Liu Liu...

Chen said...

fish fish,
that one is superb... Nice :)
but I guess most of us don't have the luxury to taste the freshly out from steamer Nian Gao :)

U can join in the fun next year loh.. ;)

Sam I Am said...

mmmmm will someone feed me please.
it looks so good chen you have time to cook when you get off work,
We have no time ..very busy ..

Chen said...

Sam I Am,
err.. I didn't cook this :)
I bought this from the market...

I'm taking 2 days off end of this week..
not yet done with my shopping yet..
so many things to buy :)

Tibbar de Gniw said...

I love nian gao!! What happens if you feed it to dogs?

Chen said...

tibbar,
aiks.. Don't feed dog Nian Gao leh..
They might get choked :(

carcar said...

all the ways to eat nian gao i tried, hehe... and is equaly delicious!

and i heard my mum said b4, (those old times taboo) children cannot say bad word while the doing of nian gao is on, if not, it will not work! it means the nian gao will not turn sticky as expected.

Chen said...

carcar,
I noticed u r going back home very soon..
in one day time :)
time to savour good food at home..

Oh... I never heard of that taboo before..
but I heard the taboo regarding cooking chinese dumplings or zhongzhi/chang :)

carcar said...

yeah, be back home tmrw night!

happy cum excited...

btw, what is the taboo u knew about zhongzi ne? pls share...

Chen said...

carcar,
nice :)
I'm taking leaves starting from Thursday :D

The taboo about zhongzhi? I wrote it down in my previous post during dragon boat festival. I copy and paste from what I had written earlier on.. :P

There is one old Chinese sayings that if visitors come to your house when u are boiling or cooking the "chang" or "zhong zhi" then 'part' of the chang, especially the 'corner' won't be properly cooked... I don't know how true is that.. but somehow, when visitors come, really, some of the corners of the chang is really uncooked.. funny... don't know whether is it just coincidence or ????? (Something which I don't understand..)

u heard of this befoer?

carcar said...

em, nvr heard before, but i believe chinese taboo...they are just so 'un-explanable'...

thanks for sharing.

so, look foward for mooncake festival then, hahaha...

Chen said...

carcar,
wah.. u r good leh..
so fsat looking forward for Mooncake aka Mid Autumn festival liao?
another 8 months plus to go leh.. :D
or someone drooling for mooncake liao? ;)

I will look forward for 端午节 or Duan Wu Jie first after this coming Chinese New Year :)

Anonymous said...

what my mom used to do with the kuih bakuls that our chinese neighbors gave us is to cut the kuih into slices and dip the slices in goreng pisang batter and then dip frying them. they are yummy right of the pan. kind of like an extra gooey dodol. i haven't been back for at least two decades now and i do miss eating fried kuih bakul. been looking on the net for the recipe. have not been lucky yet.