Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fried 'Nian Gao' ~ Sticky rice cake ~ CNY 2010

Sokehah Cheah | 8:27 PM | |


'Nian Gao' in Mandarin or 'Nin Ko' in Cantonese is a must-have item during CNY.  This sticky glutinous rice cake is symbolic as it carries a homonym that sounds like 'year~high/tall'.  For business people eating this will link them to prosperity and wealth and working people will look forward to career advancement, promotion.
Slice them up when they're still soft, keep them in containers and they can be stored in the fridge for months.
I normally steam and dip them in freshly grated young coconut mixed with some salt or just fry with beaten egg.  But this time around, I've decided to be a bit more 'challenging' and try out Elin's recipe.  Thanks, Elin of  Elinluv's Tidbits Corner  for sharing!




Nin Ko, yam and sweet potato all sliced up.  Sandwhich a piece of nin ko with a piece of yam and a piece of sweet potato.
Dip it into the batter and fry in the oil, with the piece of yam at the bottom, as it takes a longer time to cook.
Flip it over from time to time.


Crunchy crust and sweet, soft nin ko inside ................. mmmmm



Nin Ko piled up .... 'Po, po, ko sing'..... or 'rising step by step each year'!  Incidentally, today is the last day of the lunar New Year and the first 15th day of the first month which is also referred to as  "Chap Goh Mei'!

Recipe for Fried 'Nin Ko ~ Sticky rice cake

Ingredients
  • 1 big nin ko, cut to 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 yam/taro, cut to 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 sweet potatoes (choose those that are fairly round), cut to 1/4 inch slices
  • Oil for deep frying
For the batter
  • 4 oz rice flour
  • 2 oz plain flour
  • 2 oz cornflour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200 ml  water (I've omitted the egg)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
Preparation
  1. Remove the banana leaves from the nin ko, cut into 1/4 inch slices, set aside.
  2. Peel, wash the yam and sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices, set aside.
  3. Mix thoroughly the various flours together with the baking powder and salt, add in water gradually to form a smooth batter, thick enough to coat the yam and sweet potato.
  4. Let the batter rest for 1/2 an hour.
  5. Meanwhile, in a wok heat up enough oil to deep-fry the nin ko.
  6. Sandwhich a piece of nin ko with a piece of yam and a piece of sweet potato.  Dip this into the batter and with a pair of long chopsticks, lower it into the oil to deep fry, with the piece of yam at the bottom as it takes a longer time to cook.  Flip it over from time to time, fry under slow medium heat, till golden brown. 
  7. Once done, take out and place on kitchen paper towels to absorb the oil.
  8. Serve warm.

14 comments:

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  1. This is what i miss the most about CNY!

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  2. Those are such scrumptious cakes with sweet potato inside! A very yummy treat!

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  3. This is one of the afternoon snacks my mum had to prepare after CNY. The Niangao sandwiches are really cool!

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  4. I like to eat Nian Kao this way, yummy ! I still have few Nian Kao, must cook this way soon.

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  5. That's my favourite! I've just made the other day and my girls has been frying it with eggs.

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  6. wah..u dare to take up the challenge? hahaha.. i dare not..
    hey, u normally mixed with scraped coconut and fried them? oh, i never tasted them before..

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  7. 3 hungry tummies
    Can you buy the nin ko in the Burke St. area?

    5 Star Foodie
    Yes, they're yummy but rather time-consuming!

    Angie, are they available in your area?

    Sonia, think I prefer to eat them just plain fried in beaten egg. This is a bit oily!

    Mary, great that your girls helped you out. Just frying with beaten egg is also very tasty.

    renaclaire, think you got mistaken, either I eat it steamed and mixed with coconut or just fry them with beaten egg. Ya, it's challenging, a lot of work and standing involved, especially now in this steamy hot weather!

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  8. I love nian gou fried this way! Could eat a few pieces at one go and frying them is a challenge indeed. Great job!

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  9. Jeannie, it's indeed a challenge. Thanks!

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  10. These look so delicious! I might have to make a trip to the local Chinatown and see if any of the bakeries sell them.... : )

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  11. They look fantastic! Great pictures too! I would love to try these!

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  12. Oh these look delicious!! Yum!

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  13. Wah! 3 layers? I guess I have to wait till next year now.

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  14. penny. I still have some in the fridge. Pity can't pass some to you!

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