Every year, my grandparents & parents would be like busy beavers working through the hustle bustle during the Chinese New Year holiday season.
On the 28th day in the Lunar calendar, they would gather the family for the annual tradition to clean the house (年廿八、洗邋遢), meant to sweep out the bad luck. Clearly not my favorite part of CNY. 😛
Then, they’ll visit markets, gather ingredients, and prepare for the big Reunion Dinner Celebration (Tuan Nian Fan 團年飯) that happens on the 30th day. Very much like Christmas dinner.
Sometimes, the dinner can get huge, joined byall the relatives, extended family, and even the whole village! Nah, the village thing never happened to our families. hehe~ I wish though, as that would be so much fun!! 🙂
Families from different regions also have their own unique customs and holiday food.
Like how Northern families make jiaozi (dumplings), Southern families would make & gift Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Cake).
A feast with an abundant table spread of meat, seafood, appetizers, sides, and desserts is definitely a must on New Year’s Eve!
Each dish is coined a fancy poetic name that makes you scratch your head thinking you’re playing the Taboo game. But really, each dish is carefully chosen to bring blessings promising a better year.
Each year leading up to CNY, I’d ask mom when she’ll make this Pan Fried Nian Gao. Chinese New Year is just not complete without this sweet, gooey, & fragrant deliciousness!! 😀
Jacky & I wish you & your family a Happy Chinese New Year!
Ingredients for Pan Fried Nian Gao (New Year Cake)
Create Egg Mixture: Mix 2 eggs and ¼ tsp salt together in a small bowl.
Pan Fry Nian Gao: Heat pan over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil or peanut oil onto the pan. Dip nian gao slices into the egg mixture. Pan-fry each side for 1 - 2 minutes until golden brown. Optional: Double dip the nian gao slices into the Egg Mixture and pan-fry each side for another minute for more "eggy" taste.
Serve Pan-Fried Nian Gao: Absorb the oil on the Pan Fried Nian Gao with a paper towel to keep the outer layer nice & crisp. Enjoy the hot fragrant sweet sticky rice cake - nian gao with a cup of tea.