Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sticky Rice Cake Prata Puffs (年糕酥皮)

It is customary to eat nián gāo (年糕), a sticky sweet rice cake made from glutinous rice flour, during the Chinese Lunar New Year, as it symbolises increasing prosperity year after year.  If you are an working adult, eating nian gao means you will be promoted year after year (年年高升).  

On its own, I do not find nian gao that palatable.  It is a little chewy and sticky, does not have much flavour other than a mild sweet taste.  But I was very tempted to try out this nian gao recipe when I saw the posts from Blessed Homemaker and Cuisine Paradise's blogs.  Using our nation's favourite breakfast item - roti prata, this fusion nian gao snack is an instant hit with my family.  The combined melted cheese and nian gao  add a mild sweet and savory taste to the flaky prata.  

What are you waiting for?  Grab a pack of frozen roti prata from your nearby supermarket and try this easy snack at home.  No more wasteful nian gao this year.  Serve this snack to your guests during this Chinese New Year and they will surely be impressed!

(adapted from here and here)

(makes 4 small triangular puffs)

4 thin slices nian gao (about 2 cm each)
1 piece frozen plain prata (cut into quarters)
2 tbsp shredded cheese (or 1/2 sliced sandwich cheese, cut into 4)
2 tsp almond flakes or black & white sesame seeds
1 tsp red sugar (赤糖)


1) Place a piece of nian gao and half a tablespoon shredded cheese on a 1/4 piece of prata.
2) Fold over the prata to form a triangular parcel and seal the edges with a fork.
3) Repeat steps (1) and (2) to make four parcels.
4) Place parcels on baking sheet and lightly press the almond flakes (or sesame seeds) on each (you can brush a little egg wash before pressing the almond flakes and sesame seeds).
5) Bake at preheated oven of 200C for 10 minutes.
6) Sprinkle red sugar over the puff and serve immediately.

1) Instead of sprinkling red sugar over the puffs after baking, you could brush the pastry with egg wash and  sprinkle a little sugar over it to give a shiny sugar coat after baking.

2) As the prata sheet works very much like a puff pastry, you could use it to wrap coarsely mashed bananas.  Brush egg wash, sprinkle a little sugar and ground cinnamon on top and bake.  Serve with a drizzle of melted chocolate.


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe - simple yet delicious! I shared this with my girl's K2 classmates (CNY cooking class)and they love it too! Some even went home to teach their mummy how to do it ;)

  2. Yay! Looks yummy. I would want to try this at home. Thank you for sharing your Roti Prata food experience. ;)


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