Homemade Nian Gao

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Nian Gao (glutinous rice cake) is a traditional Chinese cuisine commonly consumed during Chinese New Year. Try your hand at homemade nian gao this Chinese New Year.

Let's start cooking!

Nian gao batter

Step 1 - Make the Batter

  • Mix the glutinous rice flour and brown sugar together in a large bowl, whisking until evenly combined. Use your fingers to break up any lumps.
  • Pour the water in while whisking, and mix until you have an even batter.
Oil cake tin with banana leaf

Step 2 - Prepare the Tin

  • Liberally oil a 6” cake tin with half the oil. Line it with pieces of the banana leaf, cutting to fit. Strain the batter into the cake tin.
Pour batter to cake tin

Step 3 - Cook the Nian Gao

  • Steam over medium-high heat for 1½ to 2 hours. Freshly cooked, the nian gao is soft and sticky.
  • If you would like to harden it for storage, bake it in a 100°C oven for 3 to 4 hours, until it is harder.
  • Brush with a layer of oil before storing.
This dish is cooked for a long period of time, so watch out for the water levels while steaming.

Let's plate and serve!

Nian gao


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