Homemade Nian Gao
This traditional Chinese New Year delicacy is surprisingly easy to whip up at home. With just a few ingredients, you can prepare this sticky and sweet treat yourself!
- 20 minutes
- 2 hours
- 1 serving
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil
- 1 or 2 banana leaves, hard stem removed and wiped clean
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chef's Tip:
- This dish is cooked for a long period of time, so watch out for the water levels while steaming.
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