Happy Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is the time of enjoying delicious food with family. One thing I miss about being away from home is not getting to eat the traditional food my mom makes for the new year.
Why is it that I want to learn how to cook traditional Chinese meals after I leave home? Ever since I moved to San Francisco, I call my mom asking her how to make some of my favorite childhood dishes growing up. From soups to main dishes and now for Nian Gao, the new year cake. Let me say asking for measurements from my mom was like comparing spoons and bowls as measuring cups. You see, my mom usually made this by eye, never measuring the amount. Super fun trying to figure out the right measurements.. I guess… but hey in the end, the results worked out perfectly.
Nian gao is made up of ingredients that can all be found in an Asian supermarket. Super convenient since I head over to Chinatown weekly to buy groceries. I was tempted to buy a premade nian gao at Chinatown, but decided to challenge myself and make my own, hence the phone call to my mom for the recipe. Overall, I approve of the recipe and definitely reminds me of the times I would stuff my face with all the food from Chinese New Year because my mom would only make them once a year.
Traditionally, my mom pans fry each slice of nian gao until golden brown, which causes the cake to soften and is easier to take a bite out of. This was the way I grew up eating my nian gao. However, this year, my roommate taught me another favorite Chinese way to eat nian gao by dipping slices in egg and pan frying. I really do enjoy this way too, it’s more savory/sweet (since you add a pinch of salt in the egg) taste. If you pan fry, the taste is more sweet. Make and enjoy this Chinese dessert with your friends and family!
And again, Happy Chinese New Year! Hope your year is filled with happiness, health and prosperity!