Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Chinese New Year falls on the 3rd of February this year. Certain kinds of food are eaten during the celebrations. They all have symbolisms and are supposed to bring good tidings to those who eat them. 

The Chinese New Year pudding, or Tikoy as we call it in the Philippines, is the most popular food item during this season. Sweet and sticky foods are supposed to bring family unity. The round shape symbolizes unending prosperity. It is symbolically offered to the Kitchen God so that he will present a favourable report to the Emperor of all Gods. Tikoy is usually given away as a present during Chinese New Year. If you can't wait until someone gives you one, you can easily make it yourself.

Sliced, dipped in egg and fried.


2 1/2c. glutinous rice flour
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c. water


Whisk all the ingredients together until free from lumps. Strain into a lined and generously greased 9" diameter round tin and steam for 35-45 minutes. It is ready when it is all bubbly on the surface. It will subside as it cools. Leave to cool in the pan, then refrigerate. This can be eaten as is or sliced, dipped in beaten eggs and pan fried.

The meal our family shared for Chinese New Year: (from left, clockwise) Chinese New Year Pudding,  Layer Cake,  Steamed Prawns on Egg Fried RiceSteamed Sea Bass, Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce
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  1. Yes, we like this very much. My children love it fried with eggs. We never wait till Chinese New Year to make :D Thanks very much for sharing yours. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

  2. My favorite chinese new year treat!! You did a great job on those. I can imagine how great they must taste! Yum.

  3. Nice pudding :) It should taste great.. sadly I haven't tried it at least yet

  4. This sounds really good, I've never had it before, I really like reading about Chinese New Year! Hope you have a great week.

  5. Tikoy is our favorite and I always had to go to the store to buy it
    Thank you for the recipe

  6. Wow, it is so easy to make TIKOY your way. If you add in caramel, it will taste better !! Just make the caramel yourself and add to it instead of brown sugar or use both !! Steam for 1 hr. I often make them myself until my sister-in-law gave me all hers as no one wants to eat them. Fry them with flour mixed with water and salt !! I was shocked that it tasted good and crispy when my maid did it -- her former boss taught her !! I used to add in egg to the flour batter, now no more, I stick to flour , water and salt only !!


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