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How to Cook Tikoy for Chinese New Year 2018

How to Cook Tikoy for Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year 2018 is here! The endless supply of tikoy should be good news to you because now there are a bunch of ways to cook ’em. This glutinous rice cake is similar to Japan’s mochi and Korea’s garaetteok, which means they can either be prepared sweet or savory.

Here are 5 ways on how to cook tikoy for Chinese New Year from the simplest ones to the more unique only-kinda-seen-before recipes.

* Top photo: Eng Bee Tin



  • Tikoy
  • Eggs
  • Cooking oil

This is the classic way to prepare tikoy and perhaps the easiest way as well. It only needs two ingredients – eggs and tikoy. Some people also add sugar but that’s really up to you.

To prep, beat some eggs and slice your special tikoy into strips. Coat the tikoy with the beaten egg and fry it on a non-stick pan coated with a little bit of cooking oil.

They’re ready for serving if the tikoy has turned golden brown.

Lumpia Style


  • Tikoy
  • Lumpia or turon wrapper
  • Muscovado or brown sugar
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Cooking oil

If you want to take it up a notch just a bit, you can also prepare your tikoy like a fried spring roll. Start off by cutting your tikoy into strips. Roll it up tightly with the lumpia wrapper. Coat the roll with a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon mixture before deep frying it.

When the rolls turn golden brown, they’re ready to serve. Like turon, you have the option to make some caramel syrup to drizzle over your tikoy lumpia rolls.

The cinnamon is optional but it’s also a great way to introduce a brand new flavor to your regular deep fried tikoy roll.

Stir Fry


  • Tikoy
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 c water/broth
  • 200 g slice cabbage or any vegetable
  • 100 g each—sliced carrots, sliced pork, shrimp

Tikoy can be savory too. This sticky rice cake makes a great addition to your usual vegetable stir fry. We found the recipe for stir fry tikoy here. Ingredients have been listed on top and all you have to do is sautee everything together.

It’s also worth noting that you can customize your stir-fry any way you want, kind of like making pansit.

If you need a visual tutorial, we’ve added a short video for you guys too, but using different ingredients.

With Ube and Cheese


  • Tikoy
  • Lumpia wrapper
  • Ube (you can opt not to include this if you’re using ube-flavored tikoy)
  • Easy-melt cheese (Quickmelt or mozzarella are both good)
  • Muscovado or brown sugar
  • Cooking oil

This one’s just like making tikoy lumpia rolls. The cheese cuts the sweetness of the ube and tikoy and balances out the flavor of the whole roll. You can use ube and tikoy or just ube-flavored tikoy, whichever you prefer.

To start, cut the tikoy into strips. Place a strip of tikoy, a slice of ube, and a slice of easy-melt cheese on the center of the lumpia wrapper. Roll it up and coat with sugar before deep-frying.

Like turon, you can opt to make caramel to drizzle over your cooked ube and cheese tikoy rolls.

Tikoy Fritters

This recipe from Roti ‘n’ Rice makes use of sweet potatoes and taro. It’s a savory-sweet dish that’s a new way to cook tikoy (or nian gao) if you’re tired of the never-ending classic-style cook.

Sweet potato, taro, and tikoy are cut into same-sized slices and coated in rice flour batter and pinipig (rice crispies) before deep frying. The result is a tonkatsu-looking dish with a taste perfect for merienda.

You can view the whole recipe here.

IMAGE Roti n Rice

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