Monday, January 14, 2008

Sticky Money


The traditional sticky 'Nian Gao' is made into the ancient money form. You normally see these in period dramas.
The appearance of 'Nian Gao' shows that Chinese New Year is approaching soon. Kids were told there we leave these at the altar so that the Gods will not be able to report bad things about us - because their mouth will be stuck from eating these sticky 'Nian Gao'
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8 comments:

zentmrs said...

Nice shot and great commentary!

Pat said...

How interesting! It looks sticky too!


Pat

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Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Murphy_jay! Long time no see! Hope all is well. Hey, the Nian Gao looks great. I'd love to give it a try. I'll see if I can find it next time I'm in Chinatown. Those look quite large. Do they make it in smaller sizes?

Take care :).

alice said...

Are they like caramel or toffee? Do you like them?

Keropok Man said...

it's the time of the year to eat them again!

mum will fry them in between two slices of sweet potato!

Murphy_jay said...

Alice.. they are different from caramel and toffe.. Nian Gaos are much more sticky.

Fenix.. I am sure there are lotsa these in your local Chinatown. I took a close-up that's why they look big, but actually they are quite small. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays. The traditional ones are just round and wrapped in leaves.
And like what Keropok mentioned, the are cut in slices dipped in flour batter and fry with slices of sweetpotato.. and yam :)
It's available all year round here, so if you happen to be in KL/PJ, you can try it out from the hawker stalls.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Now you are making me crave something I haven't even seen before! How weird is that? :)

I'll try to find the fried nian gao with sweet potato. It would help if you could give me the (phonetic) name or just type it in Chinese characters, if you can, and I'll print it. The things we do for food! ;D

Murphy_jay said...

Fenix, the chinese word for nian gao is 年糕, and the word for fried nian goa is 炸年糕. I think you can get nian gao easily in your china town.
But for the fried ones..I suspect it's a local delicacy.