'Nian Gao' ~ the sticky glutinous rice cake is regarded as an auspicious item during the Chinese New Year as its round shape signifies family reunion and harmony and its sweetness symbolises a rich, sweet life. 'Nian' sounds similar to 'year' and 'Gao' is 'high' in Chinese, thus Nian Gao implies promotion and prosperity year after year. Hence it's a common practice that these glutinous rice cakes are piled up on the altar as an offering to the Gods with a wish for abundance in all aspects for the coming year!
These 'Nian Gao' parcels are simply delicious and extremely yummy, more so served with a steaming pot of Chinese Pu-er.
Recipe for 'Nian Gao' sweet potato parcels ~ CNY 2012
Ingredients (Makes 25)
- 550 gm (nett wt.) sweet potatoes, steamed and mashed
- 350 gm Nian Gao, cut into 1/2 inch strips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Popiah/spring roll skin wrapper (4 inch x 4 inch square)
- Egg white slightly beaten
- Oil for deep frying
- Steam the sweet potatoes, peel, mix in salt and mash till fine. Keep aside.
- Cut up the Nian Gao into strips about 1/2 inch width.
- Place a sheet of spring roll skin diagonally onto a work surface, spoon a dessertspoon of mashed potato, roughly make into a ball and place onto the lower end of the spring roll skin.
- Put a strip of Nian Gao on the sweet potato paste.
- Brush egg white round the 4 edges of the spring roll skin.
- Roll up, fold in both sides, roll up like a parcel. Seal tightly at the end.
- Heat up oil in a wok and once it's hot, lower heat and put in the parcels, sealed side down, a few at a time for even browning.
- Remove from wok, put on kitchen absorbent paper to cool.
- Serve warm.
Today, being the 15th day or the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year
I wish everyone
Happy Chap Goh Meh!
Fried 'Nian Gao' ~ sticky rice cake ~ CNY 2010
Fried 'Nian Gao' ~ Revisited ~ CNY 2011
You may also like to view other Nian Gao recipes at :-
Elinluv's sweet delights
Table for 2 or more
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