Bring good luck for the new year with homemade tikoys! These Glutinous Rice Cakes are easy to make and super soft and chewy!
I wanted to publish this Ticoa recipe before Chinese New Year, but as you can see from the last section of the homepage, I haven’t published anything in a long time. Food and cooking video photos have been my longest swimming in the ocean. It becomes a little impossible; I had to step back a bit and give myself some room to breathe.
This blog is important to me, but I need a short break to rest and freshen up. So, after three months without a new release, I’m back, full of energy and ready to offer more ideas for delicious dishes.
What is Tikoy
Tikoy or Nián gāo is a popular Chinese New Year cake made with glutinous rice flour, water and sugar. The mixture is steamed until solid and allowed to dry and set for longer storage.
Then cut into thin strips, brush with egg and fry until golden brown and slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Fried slices are served for breakfast or lunch with your choice of drink.
New Year Tradition
In Chinese, nián gāo sounds like a “higher year” which is believed to be a good sign for a better year ahead. The Filipino word Tikoy comes from the Fujian/Hokkien “ti-ke” which means sweet cake.
Considered one of the oldest Chinese dishes, the origins of tikoy can be traced back to several stories. Legends include a “kitchen god” who reports to the Jade Emperor about the behavior of the family. People offered the sticky rice to the “kitchen god,” which made it difficult for him to open his mouth and say anything negative about the family.
Although they can be eaten all year round, rice cakes are very popular during Chinese New Year. Its gooey texture is believed to bring about strong bonds in family and other relationships, allowing happiness to “stick”.
Due to the strong influence of Chinese culture in the Philippines, we have also adopted many of these beliefs and traditions. Chinese New Year is one of them. It’s common to sell tequila ahead of the holidays in most supermarkets and large restaurants.
How to store
Wrap the teak tightly in plastic wrap and put it in an airtight, resealable bag or container. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.