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Nian Gao (Chinese New Year's Cake or Sticky Rice Cake)



2 portion(s)


  • 400 g Chinese brown sugar, roughly cut into 1cm pieces
  • 500 g glutinous rice flour, or mill your own
  • 500 g hot water
  • 10 g rice brown oil, or coconut oil
  • pinch salt
  • 1200 g water, for steaming

Recipe's preparation

  1. 1. Grease 2 round sandwich tins (17cm). Set aside.

    2. Place sugar into mixing bowl and mill 15 sec/speed 9. Scrape down lid and sides of bowl with spatula and mix 10 sec/speed 9. Cook sugar 10 min/Varoma/speed 2.

    3. Add flour, 500g hot water, oil and salt into mixing bowl and mix 20 sec/speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl with spatula and mix 10 sec/speed 5, or until mixture is well combined.

    4. Cook 10 min/100°C/speed 3. Pour mixture into prepared tins and cover with foil. This is to prevent water from dripping onto the cake during steaming. Alternatively, cover the tins with a muslin cloth and secure with an elastic band.

    5. Lay down a pair of chopsticks on the bottom layer of the Varoma dish and place tin on top. Place the second tin onto the Varoma tray.

    6. Pour water into mixing bowl (no need to clean the bowl) and carefully place Varoma into position and cook 60 min/Varoma/speed 1.

    7. Upon completion of the cooking time, cook for a further 15 min/Varoma/speed 1.

    8. Remove tins from Varoma and allow to cool. Once cool, carefully remove the cakes from the tin.



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Be very careful when removing the Varoma after the completion of the cooking time to avoid scalding yourself with hot steam.

For individual serves use silicone cupcake moulds instead of 2 round sandwich tins.

The cake will become firmer after a few days.

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  • Not sure as we've always

    Submitted by My Food Safari on 4. February 2016 - 09:26.

    Not sure as we've always eaten it all before then, but have stored for up to 5 days. It will get firmer over time, and is nice pan fried.

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  • How long will it keep for

    Submitted by Jacsumi on 1. February 2016 - 09:09.

    How long will it keep for before it starts going mouldy?

    thanks heaps for recipe! tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Just in time for Chinese New

    Submitted by littlemissthermomixer on 15. February 2015 - 21:20.

    Just in time for Chinese New Year!

    love this recipe. Tastes just like mum's. tmrc_emoticons.-)

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