Is there anything more symbolic of the Chinese New Year here in the Philippines than tikoy? It’s probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think about the season. This sweet delicacy made from glutinous rice is a common gift around this time, as eating it is said to promote unity and togetherness – just like its sticky consistency. It’s also supposed to bring in luck for the coming year. Nian-gao, the Mandarin word for tikoy, literally translates to “sticky-cake”, but can be pronounced differently to mean “higher year”.
Here are seven ways to prepare and enjoy this iconic snack for the Chinese New Year:
Fried is the conventional way to go when it comes to preparing tikoy. This delectable golden brown cake is the most common but most loved kind of tikoy in the Philippines.
The turon tikoy is as the name implies: tikoy covered in a lumpia wrapper, fried turon style! Try putting something nice inside—nuts, a slice of fruit, or whatever you like inside to add another dimension to your tikoy-eating.
Tikoy a la Mode
Everything is better with ice cream, especially tikoy. Put a scoop or two of your favorite flavor on top to enjoy a delicious dessert.
Are you a purist? Tikoy is edible straight out of the box.
Cut tikoy into stick-shaped pieces, and then dip it in a sauce of your choice! Some suggestions: chocolate, cheese, fruit jam, or hazelnut spread!
Try coating it in breading to add a unique texture!
Tikoy doesn’t have to be served sweet. Try cooking it with salt and/or butter. Or why not try it with vegetables or as part of a savory soup?
Very versatile, tikoy can be prepared in a variety of ways. Prepare it how you like or try experimenting with something different to welcome the Year of the Rooster with togetherness, good fortune, and a satisfied tummy!
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