Chinese New Year Cake

Nian Gao

Preparation info
  • Makes:


    7 inch 17.5 cm ) cake
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr 5

Appears in
Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals: Fast, Fresh & Affordable

By Patricia Tanumihardja

Published 2020

  • About

Nian gao is usually served over the course of the 15 days of the Chinese (lunar) New Year celebrations when family and friends come to visit. To keep it fresh, wrap in plastic and refrigerate. When ready to serve, coat slices in egg and pan-fry. The result is a crisp outer shell and a soft chewy center.


  • Vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 1 cup (200 g) coconut sugar or ¾ cup</


  1. Grease the cake pan with 1 teaspoon oil. (Or use 3 [5- to 6-inch/12.5- to 15-cm] ramekins). Line with parchment.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and let cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Sift the mochiko flour into the