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.
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