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Some Easy Ways to Cook and Eat Nian Gao or Tikoy!

Published Pebrero 1, 2016 by jptan2012

In my preceding post I talked about the importance of having the Chinese New Year Sticky Rice Cake more popularly called as Nian Gao or Tikoy here in the Philippines. Today, allow me some simple ways to cook it.

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One of the most common ways of cooking it is by dipping it in egg and frying it a little. It really just takes a few moments because the Nian Gao or Tikoy is already cooking in the first place.

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Second way of cooking it is by wrapping it on a Lumpia wrapper then frying it. You might opt to put a little sugar. But I personally think putting a little more sugar makes it really sweet.

Third way of cooking it is by wrapping it on a Lumpia wrapper and adding a little slice of cheddar cheese. I like this a lot. This one tastes really good.

Fourth way of cooking it is by wrapping it on a Lumpia wrapper and adding a small slice of fruits like strawberry, jackfruit, and mango.

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Fifth way of cooking it is by mixing it with some coconut milk, just like Ginataan bilo – bilo. For non – Filipinos who are reading this please Google Ginataan. This is one of the best way of eating a Nian Gao or Tikoy.

 

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Display Nian Gao or Tikoy On the Eve of Chinese New Year and Eat It The Day After Chinese New Year!

Published Enero 30, 2016 by jptan2012
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People have been asking me what are some of the Chinese New Year ritual that one can do. In our household, although, unfortunately because I’m working on my book and had to work closely with my publisher and editor in Kuala Lumpur I might not be able to spend Chinese New Year at home this year, we always have Nian Gao or what is more popularly known as Tikoy here in the Philippines.

When I first learned about Feng Shui, I have always insisted and made sure that we will have Tikoy or Nian Gao (the Chinese New Year Sticky Rice Cake) on our table, because I remember that the very first thing that my Feng Shui teacher in Hong Kong, and the one in Singapore said is to always make sure there is Nian Gao on the table on the eve of Chinese New Year and to eat it a day after Chinese New Year.

Why?

This is because a Tikoy or Nian Gao with it’s round shape symbolizes perfect Man’s Luck, one of the Luck in the Three Lucks of Feng Shui, namely Heaven’s Luck, Man’s Luck, and Earth’s Luck. Furthermore, because a Nian Gao when uncooked (the one that we buy on the store is already cooked, we just cook it again by frying it), is a little smaller than when it is cook, so it symbolizes prosperity. Lastly, it’s stickiness symbolizes harmony.

Having this on the table on the eve of Chinese New Year, which this year happens on February 8, 2016 and all through Chinese New Year, then eating them after Chinese New Year is a symbolic way of enhancing your Man’s Luck, creating prosperity and harmony.

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