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3 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Nian Gao This Chinese New Year Soul Living

There are more ways to prepare this traditional glutinous cake than just dipping it in egg and pan frying it. Here, three recipes to try, by Old Seng Choong’s Daniel Tay. 

For the uninitiated, Nian Gao is a glutinous rice cake that’s commonly eaten during the Lunar New Year. The reason for it is that its homonym symbolises a better year ahead (“Nian Gao” literally translates to “higher year”). For many of us of the younger generation, however, we’re not quite sure what to do with this heavy lump of a sweet treat when we receive it.

The most common way of eating it is dipping pieces of it in egg, then pan-frying it. However, as Old Seng Choong’s Daniel Tay shares with us, there are actually more exciting ways of enjoying this traditional sweet treat. He shares with us some of his favourite Nian Gao recipes here. (And no, you don’t need to be a kitchen whiz to prepare it!)

 

French Toast with Nian Gao

(Makes 12)

French Toast with Nian Gao (2)

INGREDIENTS

250g nian gao, cut into 4mm-thick slices

3 eggs

100ml milk

80g sugar

Butter, for frying

1 loaf of sliced white bread

Icing sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Whisk together eggs, milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sandwich each piece of nian gao between 2 slices of bread.
  • Trim away all the edges of the bread and cut each sandwich into half.
  • Melt some butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
  • Brush the surfaces of each sandwich with egg mixture and pan-fry on each side for about 3min until golden-brown.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar over the French toast sandwiches before serving.

 

Fresh Coconut with Nian Gao

(Makes 24)

Fresh Coconut with Nian Gao

INGREDIENTS

300g nian gao, cut into 1cm-thick blocks

200g fresh grated coconut

A pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Steam the nian gao for 10min and set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, toss together the fresh grated coconut and salt.
  • Toss the nian gao in the coconut mix until evenly coated, and serve.

 

Crispy Nian Gao

(Makes 10)

Crispy Nian Gao

INGREDIENTS

300g nian gao, cut into 1cm-thick blocks

1 pack of frozen filo pastry, thawed

50g melted butter

50g butter

DIRECTIONS

  • Brush filo pastry with the melted butter.
  • Wrap each block of nian gao in 2 or 3 layers of filo pastry.
  • In a saucepan, melt the rest of the butter over medium heat.
  • Fry the nian gao for about 2min on all sides until golden-brown and crispy.

 

About Old Seng Choong:

Seng Choong Confectionery was a shop in Marine Parade started by Daniel Tay’s parents until it closed in 1996. Old Seng Choong is Tay’s attempt at reviving the brand to honour his father. Taking on an e-business model, Old Seng Choong will retail its food products online, where customers can place orders, then opt for self-collection or have them delivered to their door step. Old Seng Choong will offer time-honoured treats and recipes such as Carrot Cake, Yam Cake, Red Date Cake, and Nian Gao, just in time for Chinese New Year. Place your orders, here

 

Go Away is giving away 3 sets of Old Seng Choong CNY goodies worth $119 each!

Old Seng Choong - Packaging

Each set comprises one yam cake, one carrot cake, one red date cake, one nian gao and one box of assorted pineapple tarts.

1. Answer this question in the Comments section below: “Which of the above Nian Gao recipes will you be trying, and why?”

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Deadline: 26 January 2016, 6pm

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She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

Comments

  1. I definitely will try the nian gao with coconut because it will taste like kueh kosui ?

  2. debra low Says: January 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I would like to try the Fresh Coconut with Nian Gao. The method seems easy and hard to cork up. Most importantly, coconut is refreshing and I believe it will complement the nian gao well

  3. Pauline Sg Says: January 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I would definitely try the French Toast with Nian Gao. The recipe is simple. My kids love french toast and I can get them to do it with me. 🙂

  4. Jacqueline Ng Says: January 19, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I will like to try french toast with nian gao recipe. My family love french toast at home and it sounds easy and yummy with nian gao sandwiched in between with fragrant eggy toasts.

  5. I will try the French toast nian gao because I like French toast since young and my mum used to cook it for me, now I will cook it with added nian gao for her to try and find new surprise.

  6. Grace Tan Says: January 20, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I’ll try the nian gao French toast first. I love French toast plus I think the bread and egg would balance out the naturally sweet nian gao

  7. Carol Mei Mei Lim Says: January 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I will be trying the french toast with nian gao because it sounds like a quick breakfast or recess snack that I can prepare swiftly for my P1 child early in the morning.

  8. I would love to try out the crispy Nian Gao Recipe. My family would love definitely enjoys these frangrant buttery thin crust Nian Gao which is chewy in texture. Happy Chinese New Year in advance!

  9. Robert Sim Says: January 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I will try fresh coconut with nian gao because i like fresh coconut, and coconut will add an interesting flavour to the sweetness of nian gao.

  10. Vivian Koh Says: January 20, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I would try the Crispy Nian Gao Recipe.Have never tried Nian Gao using frying method and it’s an unique experience for me.Thank you for this giveaway and the recipes for different type of Nian Gao 🙂

  11. French Toast with Nian Gao! My daughter’s favourite!

  12. Crispy!

  13. yong yong xin Says: January 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    french toast with nian gao! Never try before:(

  14. The French Toast Nian Gao of course! As a kid, I never liked it but now I’ve acquired tastes I didn’t think would be possible, and nian gao was icky sticky to me as a youngin.

    Quite like it now, and I think this butter infused version seems even better!

  15. Jaime chan Says: January 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    French toast with Nian Gao
    East meet west combi and seems easy too !

  16. I love nian gao to bits (remember those 3-in-1 (yam, sweet potato and nian gao pisang goreng) craze back in those days? I often go all the way to JB to buy..lol..Since French toast nian gao is what we would usually do most of the time, I’d probably try to make the Crispy Nian Gao 😀

  17. I would try the Crispy Nian Gao recipe because i love crispy food.

  18. Theresa tay Says: January 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I will try French toast Nian Gao as both are my fave and is an interesting idea to try 🙂

  19. I’ll try the French toast with nian gao because I’ve tasted different versions of the coconut and crispy ones, so let’s try something new. Maybe this could even be a hit at coffeshops in future. Who knows. Haha

  20. Fresh Coconut with Nian Gao really special dessert which I think i will love it because with the fresh coconut!!

  21. Michelle Ang Says: January 25, 2016 at 1:20 am

    French Toast with Nian Gao such good and special dish, love the western kind of fresh toast with the chinese Nian Gao!

  22. Jo ann Dela Cruz Says: January 25, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I would like to try French Toast with Nian Gao! It’s like taking an ordinary food to the next level. I love experimenting with food and put a different twist on it. It looks really delicious!

  23. cherlyn koh Says: January 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    i would like to try french toast with nian gao… 🙂
    INGREDIENTS

    250g nian gao, cut into 4mm-thick slices

    3 eggs

    100ml milk

    80g sugar

    Butter, for frying

    1 loaf of sliced white bread

    Icing sugar

    DIRECTIONS
    •Whisk together eggs, milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
    •Sandwich each piece of nian gao between 2 slices of bread.
    •Trim away all the edges of the bread and cut each sandwich into half.
    •Melt some butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
    •Brush the surfaces of each sandwich with egg mixture and pan-fry on each side for about 3min until golden-brown.
    •Sprinkle some icing sugar over the French toast sandwiches before serving.

  24. 黄丽云 Says: January 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    French Toast with Nian Gao as during my childhood days, my grandma would use the leftover batter for french toast or pan-fried nian gao (Chinese New Year glutinous rice cake). It was always a hit in the family. Due to the limited supply, we always walloped the pancake first even though it was still hot from the pan.

    Nowadays, it has become a hit to all my nieces and nephews too. For those who are staying overseas, my mother will definitely prepare a batch of pancakes specially for them upon their arrival or departure. It’s perhaps time for me to learn this recipe and make them this year! 🙂

  25. I would like to try French Toast with Nian Gao..I eat bread almost everyday, but I’ve never heard of this unique combi of bread with nian gao..I’m a fussy eater..so will it pass my taste test?I’ll have to learn the recipe and try to make it to find the answer myself..also luck has never been too good to us last year, so I hope the family will be ‘甜甜密密,大吉大利’!

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