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Nian gao

(CNTV)

09:16, October 26, 2011

During Chinese New Year, there's a very popular and a must-have food to celebrate with. It is said to bring luck to everybody in terms of finance, career and family. This is a cake that has been traditionally passed down from many generations thousands of years ago, it is call 'Nian Gao' or some people call it Chinese New Year cake.


Southerners like to eat nian gao, or "New Year Cake" -
a sweet sticky brown cake made of rice flour and sugar.
In Chinese, gao is a homonym for "high", and nian is "year".
Nian gao is a homonym for "higher each year" and symbolizes
improvement in life year by year. Their sweetness symbolizes
a rich sweet life. Finally, the round shape signifies family
reunion.

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