Nian Gao, translated as Chinese New Year Cake is a kind of sweet sticky rice cake prepared from glutinous rice flour, sugar and water. Traditionally it is most popular eaten during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat Nian Gao during this festive season as Chinese believed eating Nian Gao has a symbolism of raising oneself taller, higher or wealthier in each coming year.
I love Nian Gao, especially homemade, less sweet version. I usually make traditional Nian Gao at my parent’s house using slow cooker. Really SLOW as I need to steam the Nian Gao for 22 hours to get a nice brown colour. When nearing Chinese New Year, my day to day routine is scheduled with back to back baking. Therefore, I used pressure cooker to shorten the steaming time.
I’m using Song Cho Electric Pressure Cooker SC-EP5. It’s ELECTRIC, means the pressure and cooking time were preset and taken care by the pressure cooker itself. So convenient and fuss-free.
|Song Cho Electric Pressure Cooker SC-EP5.
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Ingredients: yield 3 mini Nian Gao
200g Glutinous Rice Flour 糯米粉 200克
110g Brown Sugar 黄糖 110克
50g Gula Melaka/ Palm Sugar 椰糖 50克
285g Water 水 285克
Banana Leaves 香蕉叶
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1. Blanch the banana leaves in hot water, pat dry with kitchen towel and line the ramekins.
2. Heat water and sugar till full dissolved, let it cool completely. Mix the syrup with glutinous rice flour, pour through a strainer. Pour the mixture into the lined ramekin, cover with aluminium foil, tied and place in Song Cho Electric Pressure Cooker inner pot. repeat for the rest.
3. Close the lid and ensure the pressure cooker is properly locked and balancing weight is properly placed. Press <CONGEE> function (default cooking time is 20 minutes after sufficient pressure is formed, increase pressure time to 40 minutes if preferred darker colour Nian Gao).
4. When it is done, the control panel will indicate <bb> text and it goes into keep warm stage. Press <CANCEL> button and turn off the power. This step is important to ensure the pressure is released faster. When the indicator drop, it is ready.