30 December 2010

Chinese Food during New Year

By the end of the year my mom is making some Chinese food to give to friends and family. People in Hong Kong/China will eat this during Chinese New Year (in February). Do you eat this as well? Or do you recognize it?

蘿蔔糕 luo bo gao (Mandarin) | lo pak gou (Cantonese)
The Chinese turnip cake/radish cake. You can order this when you´re going to eat dimsum, Chinese people call it yumcha 飲茶. It´s one of my favorite food :). This is made from mashed daikon radish mixed with dried shrimp and pork sausage that are steamed and then cut into slices and pan-fried.

年糕 Nian gao (Mandarin) | lien gou (Cantonese)
This is a New Year sticky cake. Nian Gao is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and water. It can be eaten many different ways. Some people like it warm, soft and sticky and some like to pan fry it with eggs. It´s not my favorite food, but I usually eat this when it´s warm and sticky.

Gou, in Cantonese pronounces the same as the word height. By eating these Chinese cakes, children are blessed to grow faster and taller (年高). When adults eat these cakes, their business sales will grow more and more every day and hopefully they will also get a job promotion (年年高升). That’s why it´s important to eat these Chinese cakes during New Year.

pictures found through google search.
What do you eat during New Year?


  1. Lor pak gao <3 me likey =w=
    I'm going to have noodles with New Year :)

  2. Haha, we'll probably have something 100% European ^^ Goeie Vlaamse kost :P My family is so boring sometimes... Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!! x

  3. Oooh i love lou pak gou !!! Idk what I'm doing or eating for new years yet.. Lol

  4. I like lo pak gou too, but my mom always make chin tui (sesame ball with red bean paste). it´s yummy :D

  5. I'm celebrating with my family at my grandma's house on the chinese new year. i think we're going vietnamese food.

  6. I've had all of that before! :) Wah, I am hungry now hahaha

  7. Ziet er lekker uit!

    Wij hebben olliebolen (zelf gebakken) als het goed is XD

  8. Yum! I think I've had lo pak gou before, I can't really remember but it sounds and looks so familiar haha! I hope you have a great new year's celebration :) I'm looking more forward to Chinese New Year though because of the lei xi xD

  9. awwww i must try the first one!
    i like 年糕 when it's sticky nd warm too. but it's sometimes to swet for me

  10. soo cool! my parents make homemade lo bak gao (haha im chinese):) i didnt know people living in the netherlends ate this stuff too ;) happy new year! ;) i found ur blog through ice pandora and saw the pic, it looks delicious :)

  11. @Man teng, ohh chin tui!! Sometimes i eat that when I go to yamcha. =P it's yummm but quite oily =(

    @rocking doll museum, oliebollen heb ik ook erg veel van gegeten <3 maar niet zelf gemaakt =P

    @Jennifer, yess, lei xi is one of the good parts of new yearr lol xD.

    @hihihi, chinese people who are living in the netherlands eat this as well ^^~ i love lo pak go <3 it's so yum =D

  12. Nice pics, the The Chinese turnip cake looks great :)

  13. I LOVE 年糕!! I wished they sell that stuff in Japan :( Happy New Year Elisa!!


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