Tikoy or Nián gāo is a type of rice cake made from glutinous rice flour and considered as a centerpiece during Chinese New Year. This is also popularly known as Chinese New Year pudding.The Philippines is once considered as the melting pot of Asia. People of different origins call it home – including the Chinese. Chinese customs, traditions, and good food were embraced by the Filipino’s and even make it a part of their own.
Glutinous rice flour
3 Cup (48 tbs)
1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Roasted sesame seeds
1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), pitted and chopped
1. Combine water and brown sugar then mix well
2. Combine glutinous rice flour with the water and brown sugar mixture then mix thoroughly.
3. Add the pitted chopped dates then mix until every ingredient is well distributed.
4. Grease a round cake pan and transfer the glutinous rice flour mixture then sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
5. Steam for 45 minutes. Make sure to cover the top part with cheesecloth to avoid water drippings.
6. Remove the tikoy from the cake pan and transfer to a wax paper or cling wrap then refrigerate for at least 5 hours.
7. Take the tikoy out of the refrigerator. *Cook using your desired method.
* Tikoy can be re-steamed, microwaved, or fried after dipping in beaten egg mixture.