恭賀新禧 & 年年有餘
Happy New Year & Wishing you a prosperity 2012.
Chia-Li Chien Jan. 7, 2012
The Chinese New Year 2012: Year of the Dragon is on January 23rd 2012. Famous people born in the Year Of The Dragon include Bruce Lee, Courtney Cox, John Lennon, Keanu Reeves, Nicolas Cage, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe, Sandra Bullock, and Shirley Temple. Of course most famous of all, my MOM and my father-in-law.
Few things must have prior to the holiday to achieve a prosperous year are:
New Year Cake , 年糕 pronounced “Nian Gao” is a sweet steamed glutinous rice-like cake. Ingredients include dark brown sugar, hot water, banana extract and sticky rice flour. There are ready-mix packages, but the end product is not as good. I make mine from scratch. And see my “Nian Gao.” Here is my recipe.
Fa GaoAbundance Cake 發糕 pronounced “Fa Gao” is like a muffin but steamed. Ingredients include rice flour, sugar, flour and banana extract, or you can get a ready-mix for them now. I think the package mix is pretty good. The secret lies on the degree of “steam” from your pot. Here is my “Fa Gao”.
You can read the entire article about this tradition from my business blog “Good Luck Chinese New Year Cake.”