Coconut Nian Gao

Deep-fried Peanut & Coconut Nian Gao

By Atika Lim  , , ,

March 11, 2016

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Crunchy and sweet, these delicious deep-fried peanut and coconut nian gao are traditional Chinese New Year treats.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 8 Servings


900 g brown sugar

600 ml water

750 g peanuts

600 ml coconut milk

30 ml red-orange food colouring

Peanut oil, for deep-frying

Flour Mixture

900 g glutinous rice flour

150 g rice flour

125 g wheat flour

25 g potato starch

150 g peanut oil

Tempura Batter

150 g tempura flour

450 ml water

150 ml vegetable oil


1Add brown sugar and water in a pot over low heat to melt sugar. Remove from heat and set aside.

2Mix ingredients in flour mixture well.

3Add coconut milk into mixture in a steady stream. Stir well.

4Add prepared melted sugar, food colouring and peanuts. Mix well.

5Pour prepared mixture into moulds. Steam nian gao for one hour.

6Remove moulds. When cooled, remove nian gao.

7Mix tempura batter ingredients to a smooth consistency. Dip sliced nian gao in batter, then deep-fry till golden brown. Serve hot.

Photos: Andy Wong (Rave Photography)

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