Traditional New Year Cake 传统年糕

My mum used to make the traditional nian gao at home most of the time unless she was really busy else we never eat the outside ones. I don’t like the outside ones as they are mostly too sweet and I am pretty sure they add preservatives as even mold don’t grow on it even after months. I found this simple recipe via Youtube and adjusted the portion size accordingly and the end result speaks for itself.



Ingredients (Makes 1 cake) 

  • 100 gm glutinous rice flour
  • 50 gm wheat starch (澄面粉)
  • 1 piece of brown sugar stick (片糖)
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 200 ml of water
  • Some oil to grease the steaming container



  1. Melt the brown sugar stick and spoonful of brown sugar with the water.
  2. Mix the glutinous flour together with the wheat starch with a whisk
  3. Pour the hot sugar water into the flour mixture bit by bit and stir until there are no more lumps. Sift mixture if there are a lot of lumps.
  4. Grease aluminium pan or baking pan with oil
  5. Pour mixture into pan and steam for 1 hour

Recipe from Josephine’s Receipes

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