Nian Gao (年糕), a type of glutinous rice sticky cake, is a must-have kueh during Chinese New Year. This dessert is much sought after during this season for homes as it symbolizes prosperity and good luck. The nian, 年, in nian gao means “year” but also sounds like 粘, which means “sticky”.
While Nian Gao consists basically of sticky rice flour and brown sugar, the flavors and aroma are wonderfully complex, evoking images of dates, vanilla, caramel or toffee. The cake is tacky, soft and sweet in its original state. Or you can have it steamed into a soft paste-like consistency, and cover with grated coconut. Some street vendors deep fry nian gao fritters, sandwiched within yam and sweet potato, to create a deliciously crispy dessert that has a caramelized center.
In keeping with our tradition of making food-inspired tea blends, we bring you the delicately complex Nian Gao tea to usher in this Chinese New Year. Our Nian Gao tea could be in your home to keep bringing prosperity and good luck throughout the year, while keeping your taste buds tantalized at a fraction of the calories.
Nian Gao tea is a red tea blend Keemun black tea, genmaicha, houjicha, safflower and rosehips.
Nian Gao 30g
Fortune Cookie Chai 30g
Pineapple Tart 30g
Bak Kwa 30g
The pineapple tart is a bite-sized flat pastry that is topped by a sweet pineapple confiture, which also comes in rounded forms with the same filling. It is a favourite snack in parts of Southeast Asia, and is a must-have in all homes during the Lunar New Year.
The significance of pineapple is because the Chinese words for pineapple has a similar sound of "good luck coming", hence it is much welcomed during this festival that is full of tradition and symbolism. For the same reason, the pineapple is also a popular traditional feng shui symbol of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.
We present to you our pineapple tart in a cup, a festive blend for the season consisting of black tea, caramel, dried pineapple and marigold flowers. A sip of the pineapple tea will bring you all the flavours, but without the calories!