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Nien Gow is so easy to make you might be tempted to make it for other special occasions, not just Chinese New Year.

Grandma Toy's Nien Gow was so beautiful when it came out of the oven. And the flavor! The cake itself is white and the texture of stiff pudding. The top is golden brown and a little crunchy.

Glutinous rice flour is found in Asian groceries.

{Makes 24 servings}

You'll need:

  • 1 pound of glutinous rice flour
  • 1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened coconut milk
  • 14 ounces of whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • A little adult help

Equipment:


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A large bowl
  • A small bowl - for breaking eggs
  • A large spoon
  • A spatula
  • A 9 by 13 inch baking pan


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pour the rice flour and coconut milk into the bowl. Use the spatula to get out as much of the coconut milk as possible.
  3. Now pour the milk into the can - that's why we say 14 ounces of milk. You want to get all that wonderful rich coconut milk into your Nien Gow.
  4. Add the sugar and the eggs. Mix together well.
  5. Spray the baking pan and pour in the batter.
  6. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. After 40 minutes check to see if the top is browning evenly. You might want to turn the pan to make sure the whole top gets golden brown.
  7. After an hour, insert the toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the Nien Gow is done. 
  8. Let the Nien Gow cool for about 10 minutes. It's great warm.