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.
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