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Tikoy / Nian Gao Recipe

Nian Gao Recipe

Philippines has a big Chinese population and we have inherited a lot of their traditions. Binondo is the capital’s China town where you can find the famous Eng Bee Tin which sells traditional Chinese sweets like hopia, ampao rice, mooncake and tikoy.

Celebrating Chinese New Year is not complete if one doesn’t get to eat tikoy (Nian Gao), coated with egg and fried. Consider yourself lucky when you receive one as a gift because it means that the person wishes you luck. In Dubai we can’t find any stores selling Nian Gao, worry not because it is easy to make.

Fried Tikoy

Nian Gao / Tikoy for Chinese New Year


  • 3 cups Glutinous Rice flour
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • banana leaves (to line your tin)


  • Prepare your steamer and line your tin with banana leaves.
  • Mix sugar and water till dissolved, then add chopped dates.
  • Slowly pour liquid mixture to your flour and mix well till free of lumps.
  • Steam for 40-45 minutes, depending on the size of your tin. Mine is a 5″ round tin and 1 1/2″ deep.
  • Cool completely and cover with plastic wrap.

Nian Gao or Tikoy

To Serve:

  • Chill Nian Gao for at least 30 minutes. Then cut to strips or square.
  • Beat 1 egg till frothy.
  • Prepare a frying pan with a little oil, on medium heat.
  • Fry batches of tikoy for 5-10 seconds on both sides.


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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).

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