Starting off the new year with a little bit of failure... / by Amanda Liew

Happy Chinese New Years!! It'salways been a little difficult to celebrate so far away from home, but this year my parents sent me the sweetest care package filled with Chinese goodies and snacks. I was most excited for "Nian Gao" which roughly translates into "Year Cake." It's a glutinous rice cake that I describe as what a brown sugar marshamallow would taste like if it were gooier. Determined to take some time out of my day to celebrate, I invited Janet over to try them. Needless to say, it was a disaster. Hahah is there some bad luck with starting off a new year with total and utter failure? I'm exaggerating a little bit, I only ruined half the mistake was cutting the nian gao wayyy too thin. They are supposed to be a tiny bit burned (more like browned) on the sides, but since my slices were so thin, the entire thing just ended up looking like bacon:

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At least we were able to salvage the rest! We cut the second batch much thicker, and they turned out decently!

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Can you tell which one is made correctly?

photo (2) All in all, nian gao doesn't look the most appetizing even when cooked correctly. But I promise you, they're delicious! Happy Chinese New Years!

(Apologies for the terrible iPhone quality photos! I don't carry around my DSLR with me all the time!)