Nian Gao 年糕 En

Nian gao (年糕 o nián gāo), sometimes translated as year cake or Chinese New Year’s cake, is a food prepared from glutinous rice and consumed in Chinese cuisine. It is also known as a rice cake. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, because nian gao means “higher year.”


  • Nian gao cutted into slices and washed
  • Cauliflower
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Water


  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and sliced leek and saute, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cauliflower until just starting to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the Nian Gao and soy sauce and cook about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and serve.

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