How to Make Chinese New Year Cake Nian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake) 2022


One popular dessert eaten during Chinese New Years is 'Nian Gao (年糕). One of the reasons it's eaten during this time is because the words"Nian Gao (粘糕)", meaning"sticky cake,"sounds just like the words 年高, which means something along the lines of"growing taller every year."Similar to"a pinch to grow an inch,"this is just used to wish the person good health in the New Year.


14 ounces (400 grams) bag of sticky rice flour (glutinous rice flour)

2/3 cup (130 grams) of brown sugar

7 ounces (210 mL) of boiling water

1 tablespoon milk

Water (by the tablespoon)

Optional: Red bean paste (adzuki)

Optional: Decorations, (E.g. Sesame seeds, Boba tea powder, etc.)


1Obtain ingredients. Most of these ingredients can be bought at most Asian food stores.

2Mix boiling water and brown sugar until dissolved. Cool.

3Put the flour in a large bowl, and make a well in the center. Pour in the sugar/water mixture as well as the milk. Mix.

4Add water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is like dough.

5Roll out onto a (Glutinous Rice Flour) floured surface. Spray one side with Non-stick spray.

6Place on a sprayed paper towel and then in a steamer. Steam for about 45-50 minutes.

7Place a dish on top and invert the cake onto the plate. Remove the paper towel.


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