Monday, March 29, 2010

Nian Gao (年糕) Puffs

What do you do with your leftover 年糕 (pronounced as nian gao which literally means Year Cake)?  I believe the norm is to sandwich with sliced yam and sweet potato, coated in a thin layer of flour and egg batter and fry them.

During the Chinese New Year period, I saw this Taiwanese program (女人我最大) on cable and they prepared this with puff pastry.  Sonia made them too and I thought they looked yummy.  I made mine with instant roti prata instead and they turned out well too.

Nian Gao Puffs
Nian Gao, cut lengthwise
Instant Roti Prata, slightly thawed
Black and White sesame seeds

  1. Remove instant roti prata from freezer, thaw for 2 - 3 mins and cut into half.
  2. Place 年糕 on roti prata and roll it up, seal the edges.
  3. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and bake at preheated oven of 200C for 25 - 30 mins or till golden brown.


Kitchen Corner said...

Urmm.. quite special. Nian Gao baked in puffs pastry. I think it's quite nice!

MaryMoh said...

Wow...that looks easy and really delicious. I have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow - i am amazed at how much you can cook, as well as having 3 children. I have 2 children & I am proud of getting 3 meals on the table - forget the cakes & desserts! I agree with you though on the being better at cooking after having children. I have really started doing more things in the kitchen since my first son started solids. If it weren't for children I'd be eating takeaway. Carolina

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

yours look good too!

WendyinKK said...

Yaya, frozen pratha is just like puff pastry.

I've seen somewhere online frozen pratha was used to make the puff ontop of mushroom soup.

ann low said...

This is a clever idea using roti prata and I have nian gao and roti prata at home. Will try this during the weekend.

MsMoon said...

Wow, using nian gao as the filling was creative, but using instant roti prata, that's even more so! Excellent idea!! ^^

DG said...

This is surely unusual! Looks delicious.

tigerfish said...

Never tried Nian Gao Puffs before :O
That's new.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Kitchen Corner & MaryMoh, my kids love it. Do give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you.

Carolina, thanks for leaving me a comment here :) Being a sahm, I cook all meals except for weekends since we spend our family time outdoors. We just improve as we grow up together with the kids, don't we? :)

Sonia, thanks!

Wendy, I've tried using instant prata as pastry top for soup but it didn't turn out well. When thawed, the prata turned soft and sank into the soup base.

Anncoo, can't wait to see your blog update.

MsMoon, DG & Tigerfish, thanks!

Noob Cook said...

really original. and wow, instant prata can transform to something resembling puff pastry!

My Little Space said...

Wow, good idea by using the prata pastry instead puff pastry! But not all roti prata pastry looks as good as the one you're using. I have to say you did a great job! Bravo!

Blessed Homemaker said...

noobcook, I find instant pratas very versatile, can do lots with them.

My Little Space, thanks!

Clare @ Mrs Multitasker said...

You are very innovative =) And I love how do-able all your recipes are!

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing your recipe! This is really tasty. My nian gao puffs at: