Sticky Rice Cake Pops

Happiness after Chinese New Year
After every Chinese New Year, there is a sweet little something that I look forward to, it's a rice cake (年糕) that is made of glutinous rice flour and sugar. 

The folklore has it that it's sweet so that the Kitchen God (like Santa without presents) that visits during the Spring Festival will only report sweet nothings to Heaven or perhaps the stickiness is to glue his mouth from tattle tales! 

Well I don't actually have the recipe for this rice cake, it's terribly tedious, an authentic one takes 12 hours to complete! There is a shortcut (20-minute version) from Little Corner of Mine if you're interested :) I just want to share my mum's way of savouring it, which is also fairly common in Southeast Asia

Something sticky, sweet and nutty :)
 Ingredients
  • 1 sticky rice cake
  • 1 cup fresh coconut shreds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 10 wooden popsicle sticks (or chopsticks)
Directions
  1. Peel off the banana leaf (or any container that came with it) and slice it half an inch thick
  2. Place the pieces in a ramekin and steam it for approximately 15-20 minutes
  3. When ready, it should be completely soft and sticky
  4.  Mix salt to the coconut shreds and pour over the rice cake
  5. Insert a wooden popsicle stick (or chopstick) into the bottom of the ramekin and roll a good amount of rice cake onto the stick 
  6. Dip the stick with more coconut shreds and serve as rice cake pops :)
It's sticky alright!

25 comments:

  1. Oooh~ this looks fun to eat as like an asian fondu thing, haha
    i wonder if we can use little balls of red bean or taro to dip into that.. ?

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  2. I am not familiar with this, but it sounds fun...! Love the idea :).

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  3. Sticky, sweet treats are irresistible. These look like fun to eat!

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  4. I've never had it this way before - but it sure looks fun! :D

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  5. Wow, this is another interesting way of eating the nian gao, looks yummy. Thanks for linking. :)

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  6. O my goodness.... 12 hours to complete! I think I will pass, but it looks great. Love the shots!

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  8. What? Nian Gao lollipop! I want that! Interesting.

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  9. had to click when i saw the picture on foodgawker, as it reminded me of maple syrup taffy on snow. never heard of this treat, but it sure looks interesting!

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  10. is it like nien gao? I love what u did with the pop sticks! Much friendlier way of eating.

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  11. This sounds bizarre yet tasty, I'm not usually a fan of Asian desserts but this looks lush

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  12. Yes, it's Nian Gao 年糕, I totally overlooked translating that :P

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  13. One of the most creative way to enjoy "nian gao"!!
    p.s yes, it's SPRING here. Well, almost. :-))

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  14. Hehe I love how these are the Asian version of cake pops! And so much easier! :D

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  15. How creative! Would never have thought of serving nian gao this way..way cute!

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  16. Oh this is so pretty! I am showing this to my mother!

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  17. My mouth is watering Min! It reminds me of the caramel that tops a caramel apple but with coconut. Mmmm....

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  18. I've never had this, but now I long to try it. I bet it is addicting what with that sticky, sweet, wonderful flavor.

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  19. Wow I've never tried anything like this! Looks really good!

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  20. Oh my this is the most appealing "cake pop" I've ever seen. To be honest the more conventional kind has a bit of a weird mushy texture I'm not a huge fan of hehe. I think I need to make nian gao just to make it into this!

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  21. This is so interesting! I love nian gao!

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  22. I've never seen something like this, but it looks sooo good!

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  23. I love fried nian gao sandwiched with sweet potato and yam slices. A healthier way to savour the nian gao from my mom is to grease a plate with oil and steam the sliced nian gao. Coat it with the grated coconut with some salt and yums!

    Sabby

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