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Jan 28, 2014 08:27 PM

Chinese new year cake?

I'll be in town tomorrow for work and would like to pick up a Chinese new year cake (the traditional steamed kind). Any suggestions on where to go for this? Assuming bakeries in Chinatown or the Vietnamese area... anyone know if a particular place with a good, fresh one? Thanks!

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  1. < Chinese new year cake (the traditional steamed kind)>

    The sweet kind? Like the photo I attached here? You can pan fry or steam them

    There are the plain ones for stir fried, but I am assuming you are not talking about them.

    There are the "Fa" cakes which are steamed and often celebrated in Chinese New Year:

    There are the steamed white sugar steamed rice cake. Although they are often seen in Chinese New Year, they are not called Chinese New Year cakes:

    There are a lot of rice cakes used in Chinese New Year, but the one dubbed "New Year Cake" (年糕) are these:

    <anyone know if a particular place with a good, fresh one?>

    Assuming we are talking about the New Year Cake (the same ones in my attached photo), you can get them at multiple places in Chinatown. The real difference is that some bakeries make their owns, while some source them from elsewhere. I prefer the self made version.

    I recommend International Bakery and Zong Gang Bakery. They make their owns. Both on 10th Street.

    If you are thinking about something else, please let us know.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      That's exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the bakery recommendations

      1. re: jen223

        :) Thanks. I wasn't sure if we were talking about the same thing. Ok, the cheap ones on the streets are like $2-3 each. You will see them in front of many stores. The "home made" version from the bakeries are closer to $5 each.

        The International Bakery one is $5. The Zong Gang one is $4.80. I have tried the International year cake and it is good. It may seem dense and hard, but it soften up nicely after pan frying (presumably after steaming as well). I bought the Zong Gang year cake, but have not eaten it yet. It looks good though.

        (They are the ones in my photos; International one on the bottom. Zong Gang one on the top)

        Have fun.