I’m sure many of you can guess what this is ūüôā

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Yes, these are cake pans used to make the famous Nian Gao – which is made from¬†glutinous rice.¬†While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during¬†Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, because¬†nian gao¬†is a¬†homonym¬†for “higher year.”¬†This sticky sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the¬†Kitchen God, with the aim that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky cake, so that he can’t badmouth the human family in front of the¬†Jade Emperor.

Legends and myths aside, how do YOU enjoy Nian Gao? I like it sandwiched between two slices of yam, which is then dipped in batter and deep fried ūüėČ (all this talk of food is making me hungry now)