Nian Gao (Chinese Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake)

chinese new year sweet rice cake nian gao

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A sweet Chinese rice cake made from sweet glutinous rice flour, typically eaten during the Lunar new year this is an auspicious treat!


  • 300ml Water (1 1/4 cup)
  • 185g Brown sugar slab (6.5oz)
  • 23g Wheatstarch or Cornstarch (3 tbs)
  • 26og Glutinous rice flour (2 cups)


  1. Grease a 6 inch cake tin or bowl with vegetable oil
  2. Combine the brown sugar slab and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved
  3. Remove from the heat and cool for 30 minutes or until cooled to room temperature
  4. Prepare a steamer by bringing a pot of water to a boil (I used a bamboo steamer, but use whatever steamer you have available whether that's simply placing the tin on a rack in a large pot, or using a metal steamer)
  5. In a large bowl combine the glutinous rice flour and wheat starch or cornstarch, and whisk until completely incorporated
  6. Slowly add the brown sugar syrup, making sure to stir in between each addition
  7. Mix until the batter is smooth
  8. Pour the batter through a fine-meshed sieve into your greased cake tin or bowl
  9. Cover the tin/bowl with cling wrap and place in a steamer to steam for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out without any milky liquid
  10. Remove and cool completely
  11. Once cooled unmold the rice cake and enjoy as you prefer!

Keywords: rice cake, lunar new year, chinese new year, sticky rice, sweet glutinous rice

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