I am quite traditional on celebrating Chinese new Year so meant to be busy during this time of the year. There are so many Nian Gao recipes around with different flavours , or a simple and traditonal version as you desired. As I said above I am traditional so I always make my Nian Gao in a traditional way , a sweet glutinous sticky rice but with a bit of ginger juice to enhance the flavor, my favourite taste. Wish you and your family a happy Chinese new Year and bless your family and friends with this Nian Gao, which symbolizes prosperity , promising a better year ahead and let us do it now…
1 – one package of glutinous rice flour , 2 tbsp of wheat flour
2 – 2 pieces of medium size ginger , peeled.
3 – 3 pieces Chinese brown sugar ….
4 – 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 : Preparing the ginger juice..
a – peel …. two medium size gingers..
b – grated… roughly grate the gingers on a grater.(* be careful )
c – squeeze… put the shredded ginger onto a piece of cheese cloth
and squeezed out the juice..
2 : sift one package of glutinous rice flour with 2 tbsp of wheat starch into a large bowl..
3 – put the brown sugar with600- 650ml ( one big soup bowl ) of cold water in a saucepan,
melt the sugar slowly over medium heat, cool and set aside.
4 – pour a bit of sugar water into the mixing bowl , and knead by hand slowly…
– again add suger water bit by bit and knead into small lumps..
– knead and knead until smooth…
*** This is a traditonal version by kneading with hands at least 5 minutes till smooth so as to achieve a chewy effect. 🤣
5 – pour the rest sugar water over the batter and mix well with a spatula..
6 – add giner juice and mix well..
7 -finally pour oil over the batter and mix well till smooth
8 – pour the batter on your favourite oiled mold , cover the pan with aluminum foil.
-keep a small space between the batter and the foil
-so as to avoid touching the surface .
-steam the rice cake over boiling water for 50 minutes.
9 – open the lid and poke a toothpick into the rice cake when times up , it is done when the toothpicks come out clean .
10 – set cool to room temperature ,then put it in the refrigerator at least couple hours
for easy cutting before serve or panfry.