Fried Nian Gao in Batter

Submitted by Jun

Too much leftover of Nian Gao from Chinese New Year festival? Here is one of the few options to repackage and turn old and hardened, leftover Nian Gao into delicious snacks.

You can buy this fried Nian Gao from many places in Malaysia, but it is not difficult to make it at home. You can also steam it. Great for afternoon tea.


  • 1 old (hardened) Nian Gao
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 medium yam, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 2 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Cut Nian Gao, sweet potato, and yam into similar rectangular size (about 3"x2") of 1/4-inch thickness.
  2. Beat egg till it is thickened, add in corn flour and rice flour, mix well. Add in water to make a batter.
  3. In a wok, heat enough corn oil for deep-frying.
  4. Sandwich each Nian Gao slice with a slice of yam and a slice of sweet potato.
  5. Coat each Nian Gao sandwich trio with batter. Use a pair of long bamboo chopsticks to pick it up and place it in the hot oil, so that you can ensure the three slices are stuck together.
  6. Deep fry for about 5 minutes, or till the yam and sweet potato are cooked.
  7. Remove from oil and drain away oil before serving with Chinese Tea or Green Tea.

Versatility Note:

  1. Since this is a deep-fried snack, make sure you drain all excessive oil before consuming it.
  2. The snack is also good with English tea and Rooibos Tea.
  3. If you do not like either sweet potato or yam, you can use either. Just double the amount.