XO Chinese New Year cake (Nian Gao)

xo year cake

Nian Gao, Year cake or Chinese New Year’s cake is a food prepared from glutinous rice and consumed in Chinese cuisine. It is available in Asian supermarkets and from health food stores. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, because “nian gao” is a homonym for “higher year.” The Chinese word 粘 (nián), meaning “sticky”, is identical in sound to 年, meaning “year”, and the word 糕 (gāo), meaning “cake” is identical in sound to 高, meaning “high”. As such, eating nian gao has the symbolism of raising oneself higher in each coming year (年年高升 niánnián gāoshēng).

Ingredients:

Year Cake: 250g

Bamboo shoot: 100g

Tomato sauce: 1 tsp

Chutney:1 tsp

XO Sauce: 1 tsp

Vegetable oil: 1 tsp

Salt, celery

Cooking steps:

1. Clean and slice bamboo shoots, and cut celery into small cubes.
2. Mix the tomato sauce, Chutney, XO sauce together in a small bowl.
3. Put sheet cake into the boiling water to stew for 2 minutes, then take out and drain water.
4. Pour oil in wok and heat up with strong fire, add bamboo shoot to fry, then add the mixed sauce, cake slice and salt to fry evenly. Topped with celery cubes to serve.

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