When 'Nian Gao' Meets Sago

Today is 'Chop Goh Meh' and also called as 'Yuen Xiao Jie', the last day of Chinese New Year. Click here & here for further stories. It is also the Chinese Valentine's Day. Like every year in the evening, tonnes of  Chinese will bring along their own mandarin oranges with their written wishes on and then throw them to the sea or river....hoping that their wishes will come true one day. ME!!!! Probably, I'll have to throw mine to the drain. haha..... OK, enough for that! This year my mom gave me two big 'nian gao' but not sure what to do with them. The 'nian gao' looks really fresh and still a bit soft. So, I think I would prefer to get them steam. Instead of steaming it plain, I'll try to combine it with something refreshing.

Here's what I did.

Ingredients :
300gm  sago (white), soaked for 30mins
230gm   sugar
50ml  water
Pandan leaves/screw pine leaves
300gm   grated young coconut (about half nut)
1/4 tspn  salt
*some 'nian gao', cubed

Method :
(1) combine grated coconut with salt, mix well and  steam for 10mins. Then leave cool completely.
(2) now, simmer sugar and water till dissolved with pandan leaves. Then discharge the leaves.
(3) add sugar mixture into sago and mix well. .
(4) pour sago mixture into a 9/10" tray with oil coating, then arrange 'nian gao' cubes into sago mixture.
(5) finally, steamed for 30mins over high heat.
(6) leave cool completely before cutting & coating them with steamed coconut.

Sago kuih is another favourites of mine due to the light & chewy texture. And the coconut coating is a plus.

Well, do you want to wait any longer for this ????

I also used some of the 'nian gao' by baking it with my homemade pastry puff. Don't you love it too? Slurp....
I'm sending this to Shaz & Suresh @ Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.
( nian gao, chinese cuisines, desserts, sweets )


  1. Interesting combination. I will give it a try :)

  2. OMG, it is so tasty! Happy Chap Goh Meh to you dear.

  3. Hey, I also posted 'Nian Gao' today. What a co-incidence. Enjoy your 'Yuen siu jie' with your family, Kristy

  4. wah something new wor....with sago. Normally we eat with coconut or fry

  5. Honestly, I never like nian gao. But after seeing these, I'm gonna change my mind. Never knew nian gao can be eaten this way. Brilliant, Kristy!

    Happy Chap Go Mei to u!!

  6. This looks fabulous! I love how you combine the nian gao with sago. Love it!
    Happy Chap Go Mei!!

  7. Happy Chap Goh Meh! Very creative way of having nian gao. I like it!

  8. i've been seeing a few recipes with nian gao, all looks so good..wish i just eat all of them! the nian gao that your mum gave you look really fresh and good..must have cooked the traditional way of many many hours!!

  9. Awesome Recipe


  10. While I do not have access to sago, I would like to try it. Either of your treats here look amazing, glad to stop in and see your creations as well as a different cuisine! Well done.

  11. Love it! I don't think I can find sago here :(


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  13. What a clever and delicious idea! Happy Lantern Festival, Kristy!
    It's ice cold here...I think thermometer says -12C now..

  14. 很特别,很创新的吃法。我会尝试做。

  15. This is a really interesting combination! Will have to try it next time we have nian go. Thanks for sharing!

  16. That looks so awesome and yummy...

  17. What an innovative idea to have both combination, looks really tempting good :)

  18. This looks so good I am drooling. Great presentation too. :)

  19. Kristy it looks so good another special treat! Yumm!!


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