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Nian Gao with Egg

Nian Gao with Egg

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Chinese like to keep nian gao or Chinese New Year Cake at home during the lunar new year celebrations for auspiciousness. The Chinese word “nian gao” 年糕 sounds like “higher year” so it signifies greater success in the coming year. The stickiness also represents family togetherness and closeness.

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After the celebrations, my mother will usually pan-fry the nian gao with egg for breakfast. She will dip the nian gao slices in nothing else but beaten egg, but trying her method out myself, I find that the egg do not stick to the nian gao well. So I made a light egg batter with flour and I find that the egg batter works much better this time round. Try out this easy recipe if you have leftover nian gao lying around. Serve it with Chinese tea to aid digestion as nian gao is sticky and filling.

Nian gao

For ease of cutting the nian gao, refrigerate it overnight before cutting.

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27 Responses to “Nian Gao with Egg”

  1. Yvette — January 29, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    I just had nian gao for breakfast yesterday but I just fried it with beaten eggs only. Can I use potato starch instead of flour for the egg-flour batter ?


    • wiffy replied: — January 31st, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      Hi sorry I am not sure if it will turn out too starchy as I have not tried it before, but you can give it a try.


  2. tigerfish — January 30, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    This is how we ate nian gao when we were younger too :)


  3. dlysen — January 31, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I love to eat this with fish and milk. Tea is also good to serve with…


  4. lisaiscooking — February 1, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    The fried cake pieces look golden and delicious! What a great use of leftover cakes.


  5. Judy @ Seven Second Rhapsody — February 13, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    Intriguing! Like toast, or prata, but those who know nian gao, know that it’s sticky and sweet and so this dish comes across really intriguingly. Feels like I’ve had it before in my youth but it’s been so long, I wish I could taste this right now!


  6. Angle — January 11, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Hey.. I would just like to ask can I replace the flour with cornflour? :)


    • wiffy replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      yup, you can do so.


  7. Faz — February 5, 2013 @ 9:50 pm


    It looks good. But just a question though.
    How do you preserve your nian gao?
    Mine always gets fungus on it even when I cut them into small pieces and put them in an airtight container in the fridge.

    I usually put my nian gao in a spring roll wrap and fry them.

    Happy New Year in advance!


    • wiffy replied: — February 5th, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

      I never have problem with fungus as I put them in the fridge. Don’t even need container. But I only slice them before cooking, not beforehand.


  8. Jas — February 12, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Love this dish very much but does it matter if the Nian gao is hard or soft? Cos my Nian Gao is soft now


    • wiffy replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

      check out page 2 of the recipe for tip on how to cut nian gao easily.


  9. Boon — February 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

    May I know the purpose of using ice water?


    • wiffy replied: — February 15th, 2016 @ 9:23 am

      It helps the batter to be crispier, but you can always use normal water if preferred.


  10. Teo Chia Hsia — February 19, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

    Half tablespoon of baking soda made the crust bitter after I tasted the fried niangao. Are you sure it is half tablespoon and not teaspoon?