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Nian Gao Sweet Potato Sandwich

Nian Gao Sweet Potato Sandwich

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Now that Chinese New Year is officially over, do you have nian gao (年糕/Chinese New Year Cake/tikoy) lying around at home? I know of people who deliberately keep their nian gao until it becomes mouldy as it symbolises “fa” (huat), i.e. striking it rich. But not for me, as I love to eat nian gao and I hate food wastage, so no way am I letting it reach that inedible state.

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Besides the usual pan-fried nian gao in egg, this year I tried something new by sandwiching nian gao with sweet potato slices before dipping in an egg batter. The result is definitely delicious and more interesting than the usual version. You can do a variant with 1 slice of sweet potato and 1 slice of yam (taro), instead of 2 slices of sweet potato. From my photo, you may have noticed that my sweet potato was sliced very thinly, while the nian gao was sliced thickly. This is the way my family likes it and the thickness is entirely up to you – if you like sweeter sandwich, slice the sweet potato thinly; if you like it to be less sweet-tasting, slice the sweet potato more thickly.

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nian gao sandwich (before cooking) Sandwich each nian gao slice with two sweet potato slices.
batter Whisk batter ingredients in a bowl until it reaches a semi-thick and smooth consistency. Dip nian gao sandwich in the egg batter.
pan fry Heat a pan with oil. Pan-fry in batches (add more oil if needed), until lightly browned on both sides.
drain Drain excess oil on tempura paper before serving.

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20 Responses to “Nian Gao Sweet Potato Sandwich”

  1. Jayce — February 28, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Nice one! What a coincidence! I was going to make some of these later in the afternoon : ) Will use your recipe~


    • wiffy replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      hope they turned out well :)


  2. Christine Liew — February 28, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Ilove ngian GAO sandwich with yam but have not cooked it myself will try your recipe tomorrow when I can find nian GAO n yam in market !


  3. Little Corner of Mine — February 28, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    I had one nian gao that I have kept for 5 years and it still haven’t turned moldy. That nian gao is just for decorating purposes and not for eating, I won’t dare to eat it too. Love your traditional way of eating nian gao, but I fell in love with the springroll way 2 years ago.


    • wiffy replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 11:25 am

      5 years?! what a feat that it hasn’t turn moldy. I don’t that that is possible in hot and humid Singapore, will turn mouldy if put outside for 2 weeks! I will try your spring roll nian gao recipe next year :)


  4. Ann@Anncoo Journal — February 28, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Mmmm… look very yummy with the sweet potatoe and yam. Thanks for sharing :)


  5. tigerfish — March 1, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    I did not even know some will leave their nian gao to turn mouldy!!?!?!? REALLY? My family usually just do a egg batter, that’s it. The sweet potato combo sounds good.


  6. TasteHongKong — March 1, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Thumb up for your idea, adding an interesting and healthy element to the treat.


  7. Maggie — March 1, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Lovely photos! Nothing I’d thought of trying before, so thank you!


  8. lisaiscooking — March 1, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    These look crispy and delicious! I love how the batter clings to the sweet potaot, and it’s a great way to use leftover nian gao.


  9. jordan — March 3, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    very good the best nian gao


  10. mery — March 3, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    Looks super yummy..