A Great and Sweet Way To Use Nian Gao
Nian gao or New year Cake has always been and still is a favourite among Chinese during the Chinese New Year. Every family will buy or make these sweet nian gao to celebrate the new year as this auspicious sticky rice cake symbolises prosperity and good luck for the year ahead. So what do we do with the extra leftover of the nian gao after the new year?
Steamed Nian Gao with Aromatic Coconut: Perfect as A Sweet Dessert
One of the simplest, healthiest and classic way is to steam and then roll the soft nian gao in aromatic grated coconut. Steamed nian gao is served as a sweet dessert or snack. In this recipe, I use freshly grated white coconut and grated coconut that’s been infused with palm sugar. You can choose to use just freshly grated white coconut too and it will still be good.
Onde-Onde like Nian Gao Coconut Balls
When steamed, nian gao becomes soft and sticky so it is easily rolled and coated in the grated coconut mixture. Adding a pinch of salt into the coconut mixture helps to enhance the flavour of the sweet nian gao. These bite-sized coconut balls resemble Onde-Onde, a very popular Nyonya snack. They may not taste like One-Onde but they certainly taste AWESOME!