Homemade Nian Gao
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!
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Steaming
  • Preparation Time 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time 2 hours
  • Yield 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
  1. Make the batter:
  2. 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.
  3. Pour the water in while whisking, and mix until you have an even batter.
  1. Prepare the tin:
  2. 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.
  1. Cook the Nian Gao:
  2. 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.
  1. Chef's Tip:
  2. This dish is cooked for a long period of time, so watch out for the water levels while steaming.

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