Steamed Nian Gao with Coconut 椰丝蒸年糕

by Angie Liew
Steamed Nian Gao



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Steamed Nian Gao

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

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.

Steamed Nian Gao

Steamed Nian Gao

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!

So Enjoy!

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Steamed Nian Gao with Coconut (Nian Gao Onde Onde) 椰丝蒸年糕
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Steamed nian gao rolled in white and palm sugar coconut. These onde-onde like coconut balls are chewy and sweet, filled with coconut aroma. Truly addictive!
Serving For
6people
Prep Time
15minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Serving For
6people
Prep Time
15minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Ingredients
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Steamed Nian Gao:
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Instructions
  1. First, mix together grated white coconut, palm sugar flavoured grated coconut and salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside for later use. (See how to make Palm Sugar Coconut Filling: https://www.huangkitchen.com/pandan-coconut-huat-kueh
    First, mix together grated white coconut, palm sugar flavoured grated coconut and salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside for later use. (See how to make Palm Sugar Coconut Filling: <a href="https://www.huangkitchen.com/palm-sugar-fatt-koh/">https://www.huangkitchen.com/pandan-coconut-huat-kueh</a>
    First, mix together grated white coconut, palm sugar flavoured grated coconut and salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside for later use. (See how to make Palm Sugar Coconut Filling: https://www.huangkitchen.com/pandan-coconut-huat-kueh
    First, mix together grated white coconut, palm sugar flavoured grated coconut and salt in a shallow bowl. Set aside for later use. (See how to make Palm Sugar Coconut Filling: <a href="https://www.huangkitchen.com/palm-sugar-fatt-koh/">https://www.huangkitchen.com/pandan-coconut-huat-kueh</a>
  2. Then, cut hardened nian gao into thin slices.
    Then, cut hardened nian gao into thin slices.
    Then, cut hardened nian gao into thin slices.
    Then, cut hardened nian gao into thin slices.
  3. Place the nian gao slices on a large, heat-proof plate lined with oiled banana leaf.
    Place the nian gao slices on a large, heat-proof plate lined with oiled banana leaf.
    Place the nian gao slices on a large, heat-proof plate lined with oiled banana leaf.
    Place the nian gao slices on a large, heat-proof plate lined with oiled banana leaf.
  4. Prepare steamer by bringing a wok of water to a boil. Place the plate of sliced nian gao into the steamer.
    Prepare steamer by bringing a wok of water to a boil. Place the plate of sliced nian gao into the steamer.
    Prepare steamer by bringing a wok of water to a boil. Place the plate of sliced nian gao into the steamer.
    Prepare steamer by bringing a wok of water to a boil. Place the plate of sliced nian gao into the steamer.
  5. Cover with lid and steam on medium heat for 10 minutes.
    Cover with lid and steam on medium heat for 10 minutes.
    Cover with lid and steam on medium heat for 10 minutes.
    Cover with lid and steam on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. When done, remove the soft and melted nian gao from steamer.
    When done, remove the soft and melted nian gao from steamer.
    When done, remove the soft and melted nian gao from steamer.
    When done, remove the soft and melted nian gao from steamer.
  7. Using 2 teaspoons, scape a piece of the sticky nian gao onto one of the spoons.
    Using 2 teaspoons, scape a piece of the sticky nian gao onto one of the spoons.
    Using 2 teaspoons, scape a piece of the sticky nian gao onto one of the spoons.
    Using 2 teaspoons, scape a piece of the sticky nian gao onto one of the spoons.
  8. Then, roll it in the aromatic coconut mixture to form into a ball. Toss well to evenly coat the nian gao with the grated coconut.
    Then, roll it in the aromatic coconut mixture to form into a ball. Toss well to evenly coat the nian gao with the grated coconut.
    Then, roll it in the aromatic coconut mixture to form into a ball. Toss well to evenly coat the nian gao with the grated coconut.
    Then, roll it in the aromatic coconut mixture to form into a ball. Toss well to evenly coat the nian gao with the grated coconut.
  9. Place on serving plate and repeat the same for the rest of the sticky nian gao.
    Place on serving plate and repeat the same for the rest of the sticky nian gao.
    Place on serving plate and repeat the same for the rest of the sticky nian gao.
    Place on serving plate and repeat the same for the rest of the sticky nian gao.
  10. For better presentation, make a pandan leaf casing for the steamed nian gao.
    For better presentation, make a pandan leaf casing for the steamed nian gao.
    For better presentation, make a pandan leaf casing for the steamed nian gao.
    For better presentation, make a pandan leaf casing for the steamed nian gao.
  11. Place the coconut coated nian gao into the prepared casing and serve immediately. Best eaten warm with hot chinese tea. As always, ENJOY!
    Place the coconut coated nian gao into the prepared casing and serve immediately. Best eaten warm with hot chinese tea. As always, ENJOY!
    Place the coconut coated nian gao into the prepared casing and serve immediately. Best eaten warm with hot chinese tea. As always, ENJOY!
    Place the coconut coated nian gao into the prepared casing and serve immediately. Best eaten warm with hot chinese tea. As always, ENJOY!
Notes

Instructions on how to make Palm Sugar Coconut: https://www.huangkitchen.com/pandan-coconut-huat-kueh

If nian gao is still soft, refrigerate it overnight before cutting as hardened nian gao is easier to slice into pieces.

Best to use freshly grated coconut.  However, if not available, mix desiccated coconut and salt together and steam for 30 minutes. You can also choose to coat the nian gao with only white grated coconut if cooking grated coconut with palm sugar is too much trouble.

Lining the steaming plate with banana leaf imparts a nice fragrance to the nian gao. Oiling the banana leaf helps to prevent the steamed soft nian gao to stick to the leaf.

Store the steamed nian gao in a container and consume within 2 days at most.

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