Monday, January 10, 2011

Auspicious Fish Nian Gao


Some of you might think i'm crazy to make this so early for the coming chinese new year which falls on 03Feb2011, way too early to make these fishes but the reason why i wanted to make this and post it up now is to mainly share with all of you the way of making this and if you like it, then probably you can make this for your relatives or friends when you visit them during the new year. I would think the person who receives this would be so delighted seeing these prosperity koi fishes as it deemed to bring abundance, prosperity and wealth. Not only it looks beautiful, it taste just as delicious as well, the texture is more of a chewy kuih and sweet.This is the 2nd time i'm making this, the first time was last year and i've actually tagged this recipe long, long time ago from Florence's blog when was i secretly stalking her blog, ha! It's really not difficult to make this 'fish nian gao' but of course, you would  have to get the mould, i've also seen moulds which comes with the word ‘福', means good luck ..that's also a good one to make for chinese new year. But just take note if you were to make this to give to someone, i would suggest you give it in a pair but not four. Using florence's recipe with my mould ( 23cm in diameter) , i got 8 fishes.




those eyes are cooked red beans



Ingredients:
200gm glutinuous rice flour
100gm ungluten wheat flour ( tang mien  flour)
25gm rice flour
160gm-180gm sugar
400ml coconut milk
150ml water
1tbsp corn oil

Method:
1.Sieve all flour together and stir in coconut milk.
2.Boil water with sugar  and leave to cool.
3.Stir sugar syrup and oil into flour mixture.
4.Remove half bowl ( normal rice bowl) of flour batter and add in orange colour
5.On the greased fish mould, fill the parts that you want the orange colour to appear and steam for 3 minutes.
6. Then top up with the plain batter and steam for 40mins on high heat.
7. Repeat till you finish all the batter.

the fish mould


looks like salmon sushi at a glance..

66 comments:

  1. so beautiful! can you make for me!!!

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  2. The fish Nian Gao is beautiful!

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  3. Looks so artistic. I have a similar mould, thought of using it to make jelly.

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  4. Woah you are so artistic and talented to be able to do this.I don't think i'll know how to ever make such a pretty nian gao. =)

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  5. ohhhh cantiknya:)suka sangat lihat ikan ni..rasa teringin nak cuba juga:)

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  6. Lena
    I wanna order, can??? Please? :)

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  7. Wow! Your fish nian gao is so lovely. I would hesitate to cut it as it is too pretty to be eaten! Nice job!

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  8. WOW! Looks so real! I must get that molds first :)

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  9. ^0^ Wow!!!!!
    I really have no word to say, it's very very beautiful.

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  10. Very beautiful nian gao, like it very much ^_^

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  11. It is beautiful and good symbol for the new year...nian nian gao. After how do you eat them. Cut them and eat them plain ? like the real one ? You are so talented :)

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  12. These look so realistic! I'm amazed. I can't wait for Chinese New Year! We celebrate every year (my Nana is Malaysian-Chinese) but you know I've never seen these before.

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  13. jess, if you like, i can send you the moulds..as a little gift from me.

    tze..i like the bright orange though.

    little inbox, another good idea.

    cik manggis. terimakasih..tak susah buat, tapi mesti kena beli itu mould kalau cm mahu dalam bentuk ikan.

    leny, it's really not that difficult..the mould itself has done 50% of the job.

    kitchen flavours, haha! still got to eat that..

    ann, yup, try it one day.

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  14. hi lena...thanks for coming by..such a gorgeous nian gao..love it!:)

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  15. These look beautifuL! I LOVE nian gao. Though I'd find it really difficult to cut these up to eat! They're too pretty!

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  16. Aiyoh Lena, when I read from my iPhone, it look so real !!

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  17. Lena you are too kind can u send yourself and the mold to my house? lol!

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  18. So nice la! It's totally different with the typical nian gao. This is more tempting, hehe :)

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  19. hi pook, it's beautiful..thanks to the mould actually!

    neyeeloh, perhaps you can also try this one day.

    elin, just cut them up in pieces and eat! no, i'm not talented, just copied from somebody!

    brittany, didnt know that you celebrate chinese new year too! who is nana btw?

    deliah, thanks for supporting!

    sharon - just cut, eat and make
    again!

    chris, if only these fishes could swim..

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  20. jess, it would be my pleasure to give you those moulds..really.

    min, u r right. this is quite different from the trdaitionalnian gao that we eat..this is more like kuih.

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  21. Lena, I have this mould but I've only ever made jelly with it. I'm fascinated by your blog and recipes, and I'm following you too now! Btw, how do you make the orange color spread down to the fins?

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  22. we will give each other something! p.s you got msn add me in? jesshu83@gmail.com

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  23. hi foodiva, yeah, actually the fin part is a bit tricky here, the fin's part on the mould is actually quite shallow, so what i do is to use a small spoon and pour over it, it will still flow down, i've to do it like 2 or 3 times to make sure that part get filled up . Hope you can understand what i'm trying to say.


    jess, i've sent you an email.

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  24. So lovely, I can't bring myself to eat it:D

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  25. Hoe leang ah!!!!
    I don't mind to have it swim in my pond, if I have one, kekeke.

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  26. Wow...these fish nian goa look so pretty. I wonder whether I would eat them...haha....just too pretty to spoil it.

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  27. How perfect! More than perfect, looks alive!

    Love those sweet potato balls, really tasty!

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  28. Lena, you're so talented! Those nian gao looks too pretty to be eaten. What I normally see is the fish agar2 during CNY. Wonder whether it's the same type of mould.

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  29. They are very beautiful and really look real fish in your last picture.

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  30. I loveee that you're sharing CNY recipes early for the benefit of others, how thoughtful :) Those fishies look so real, and too pretty to eat! You've done a wonderful job!

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  31. Lena, these look fantastic! In a matter of fact, how long can this last? Planning to make earlier. You know, there'll be lots of thing need to be done for the next 2 weeks. LOL! haha... Thanks for sharing & have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  32. Stunning fish creation! This is jaw-dropping realism! Lena you work magic in your kitchen! These nian gao are a sure hit for any party , I'm sure. I would like to make them too if I can find the mould. I just love doing this sort of things.
    Diane, from France just posted a collection of insects and I promised her to carve some of them for my next post. They will not be as real as your fish but rather whimsical, i hope! See you soon.

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  33. CLAIRE, i'm not taking orders for anything..i'll try to make some for you if time permits..

    quay po- thanks, glad to see you here.

    wendy, haha! if i put these fishes near my dog,i wonder she will bark at them..

    hi mary, it would also be a pity if you dont eat it!

    hi talita- yup, those sweet potatoes are tasty and easy to make.

    cheah, i think it should be the same but check first whether the plastic mould can be used for steaming.

    zoe, actually quite a number commented that it looks like real..maybe i'm too near to them, not that real but the colour brings a lot of similarity to the real koi fish.

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  34. Oh Lena, looks like real koi leh... I am not fancy on nian gao but looking at your photos making me so tempt to make it :P. I shall ask my MIL whether wan me to make some for her, oh and need to go hunt for the mould.

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  35. wow, they look real! you are so good. i won't mind receiving this for the CNY ;)

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  36. kim, feel so honoured for you to say that.

    kristy , if yu wont be able to finish it on the same day, i would suggest to keep in the fridge and then resteam it when serving cos it's contain coconut milk. if keep in the fridge, i wld still advise to only keep for a day.

    arthur, no magic in the kitchen..the mould did the magic.i'm really looking forward to your next post!

    jess, i'm sure your mil will be delighted too if you make this for her.

    mummy to chumsy, i'm more than happy if somebody make this for me on the new year.

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  37. is sooooo BEAUTIFUL! AWESOME! i have such mould too but i've never put it to good use. hahah. maybe i should give it a try? (:

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  38. I dont think ur crazy but very sweet to share this with us. I am so gonna make this for the coming CNY. Thank you

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  39. Haiya, it's not crazy lar ... I already saw people starting to sell mandarin orange jor ... The CNY mood has already crept into me ... even though I'm busy and tired.

    I don't mind having this as CNY dessert! =)

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  40. Lena...this plastic mold can take heat?

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  41. This is remarkable. Where were you able to buy the molds? Mace is the outer covering of nutmeg. It can be ground and used in baking. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  42. Hi Lena, Holy Smoke! For a moment I thought the fish was real, you had bought a pair of Kois.....
    Lena, your this CNY fish is simply outstanding!
    I have never...honest! seen anything so beautiful before.

    Too good to put in the mouth too, ha ha.
    Believe it or not, I have never eaten these before.
    Can I visit you for CNY? Ha ha ha.
    Once again, Lena....I love the fishes cakes! Lee.

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  43. Lena, you mind I copy these pic, 1st one of your beautiful Koi cakes?
    I will display it when next I naik angin post about women who can cook, make cakes.
    Will certainly credit you.

    Outang you one iced coffee and donuts, ha ha.
    Have fun, Lee.

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  44. sweety- yah, give it a try.

    pei lin- hey, i read your recent post.very glad to see u here.hope you will continue to log in and drop by once in a while.

    bake4aqueen- am sure you will like it.

    elin, yes, can used for steaming bt it's beat to check with the shop first. I think Wah seng still has this.

    mary, the moulds can be bought from the bakery ingredients shop, can also use to make jellies.

    Lee, thanks. Go ahead and copy the pictures if you want. the swirl bread plus this one altogether you owe me one teh tarik, one iced coffee and donuts.ha!

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  45. This koi fish nian gao is really pretty... :) Thumbs up!

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  46. Now, if I can find me some of these fish moulds, it'd be cool to give it a try. Very timely and festive - not too early at all! :)

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  47. dear hanushi, i just saw the red bean chiffon you made yesterday. it's beautiful, i think we just got to try various recipes to get a really flavourful one.

    kenny, shld be able to get it from kl..if not , i'll send one to you as a new year gift from me

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  48. Looks really gorgeous lena...but to finish in one day, I think impossible leh...my boys don't like this...sigh! If I eat these myself, I'll grow very fat liao lol!

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  49. Hi, I got amazed by your fish Nian Gao. It look soooooooo.... real to me!!!

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  50. Hi Lena,
    I have seen these beautiful Fish Nian Gao of yours since last year but do not know whether I can do it, maybe I will try if time permits & also to get the mould, can you please let me know the orange colouring is in liquid form or powder form & also you grease the mould with oil before filling is it. TQ.

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  51. delphine: my colouring was in liquid form. Yeah, you can grease the mould but i remember there was also a time i did this that i did not grease the mould and wasnt any problem taking it out.

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  52. Hi Lena,
    Thanks for your reply, I have already bought the liquid form colouring last night, so I have to wait for it to cool down first before removing & go for second round of steaming, is it, do I have to leave the batter in the fridge while waiting. TQ.

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  53. Hi Lena,
    Sorry, forgot to type my name, the earlier comment me, TQ.

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  54. hi delphine, after steaming the orange part, remove it from steamer and you can pour the white portion directly, dont hv to wait till cool down..just that before pouring in the white batter, just give it a stir. you dont hv to keep the white batter in the fridge while steaming the orange part.

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  55. Hi Lena,
    So sorry, what I meant was after steaming the 1st set of fish, do I have to wait to it to cool down first before I remove & get on to the 2nd steaming & during this time do I need to leave the batter in the fridge, cos if I only have one mould. TQ & sorry my comment was unclear.

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  56. delphine, you dont hv to wait till completely cool down, probably just a few minutes as this is plastic, it can be quite easily removed.No, dont have to leave the batter in the fridge.

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  57. Lena,

    Thank you so much for your kind reply & I will take note of it, as you said I can get 8 fishes, so steaming 4 times. Ha! Ha. TQ.

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  58. Lena,

    Thank you so much for your kind reply & I will take note of it, as you said I can get 8 fishes, so steaming 4 times. Ha! Ha. TQ.

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  59. I have metal fish molds that I wish to use and can not tell from you pictures how "deep" your molds are- I want to know because I am wondering about the steaming times if I use my metal molds-how do you check for "done-ness"? with these types of cakes? thank you- they are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

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  60. hi pavoter, i hv not tried it with metal moulds but i believe you can tried it steaming for 30 minutes first and if it's firm to touch, they will be done. I do have a feeling that it may not as easy to dislodge the cake compared to using these 'plastic' ones as shown here, do remember to grease the metal mould. Do let me know if it turns out successful. Thanks!

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  61. thank you- I will let you know, doing in a few days- I just didn't like what I have read about the plastic molds (loosing their shape and being only able to use them a few times - the ones I saw on Ebay- I am in the US) and these are old and I have them- they are not very deep and I plan to make several incase some do not turn out-we will see

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  62. Hi Lena,
    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO YOU & FAMILY, wishing all of you in the best of health and sorry to bother you again, I forgot to ask if I do need to put the steamed Nian Gao in the fridge everyday after display. TQ.

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  63. hi delphine,it would be best to be eaten on the same day. If not, pls keep in the fridge as it contains coconut milk, it urn bad if not. As this is a kuih, do not keep for too long even if it's a kuih. You can re-steam when it's out from the fridge.

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  64. Hi Lena,
    Thanks Lena & noted.

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  65. my fish turned out! loved it!!! they are not as defined as your, my molds are different but the taste was great--Happy New Year!

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  66. thanks pavoter! very glad to hear that it turned out well!

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