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Feb 3, 2008 09:34 PM

Nian Gow or Chinese New Year's Cake

Does anyone have any favorite recipes to share? I usually make a non-traditional one with eggs that is baked, but I'm interested in trying some more traditional steamed recipes this year.


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  1. Pandora, here is the recipe I use...I omit the dates just b/c I'm lazy. It doesn't taste too different to me than the ones you can buy in Chinese grocery stores but there's something more satisfying about homemade (plus it's super easy)!


    Chinese New Year’s Cake

    3 Chinese dried red dates
    5 slabs brown candy, 11 oz
    3 t vegetable oil
    7 c glutinous rice flour
    1 T white sesame seeds
    1 lg egg

    1. Soak red dates 30 min, remove pits
    2. Cut each slab brown candy into 8 pcs, place in bowl, pour 2 c boiling water over, set aside until dissolved and cooled.
    3. Grease an 8” round straight-sided dish/pan with oil.
    4. Mix cold sugar water with flour. Knead dough in bowl, adding an additional 1/3 c cold water until smooth, slightly moist and shiny, 5-10 min.
    5. Pat dough into dish, garnish with dates and sesame seeds, coat lightly with oil.
    6. Steam 35-40 min on high heat. Cake is done when it pulls away from sides of pan. Pour off excess liquid. Cool at room temp overnight.
    7. Cut into strips, ¼” thick. Dip in egg, fry 2-3 min/side.

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    1. re: smsliu

      Thanks! I will try this. I ended up using another recipe that is similar to yours, but uses brown sugar (2 c) rather than than brown candy. I put it in the microwave for 15 minutes and it came out pretty good - very sticky, even when cool.