Gosh! Lately my brain is too focused on my upcoming trip. Much too focused. As a result I can’t effectively think of what to post in the blog.
Okay, let me show you some snacks that I had for the past couple of days…
Bought these siew mais from Taman Muda’s pasar malam (night market) yesterday. They’re priced at RM 1 per piece, and Buy 10 Free 1. If you count less than 11, it is because some of them have already ended up in our tummies when I took this picture.
The reason I was attracted to buy these was because the siew mais come in various flavors. It was fun to mix and match them. I got these flavors: original, black pepper, seaweed, salted egg yolk and otak-otak (spicy fish paste). Can you identify them?
年糕 Nian gao is a traditional Chinese food item. It is basically sticky, glutinous rice cake. On room temperature, they will solidify into pieces (easy to store), but when high heat is applied (by steaming or frying or whatnot), the pieces will melt and turn into a gooey and sticky paste.
I don’t remember the legend of this snack accurately enough anymore. You can do your own Google search to find out more if you are interested. But the reason we eat nian gao is because it rhymes as 年年高升 nian nian gao sheng. Rise every year. Rise being improve, or make more money, or grow taller and healthier, etc…
I think there are different ways to prepare and to eat this, even in China itself. But one of our favorite ways to prepare this is to cut the rice cake into slices, sandwich the slices with sweet potato slices and yam slices (one on each side), coat them all in batter, and deep fry them. The end result is as you see in the picture above.
By the way, they’re absolutely f**king delicious!
Actually the reason I went to the night market with the sis was to buy yam for this. The siew mais were us being effectively sidetracked. True story 🙄