VIDEO: How to make rice cake for the Chinese New Year

3, 2, 1! Happy New Year! This countdown happens around the world on December 31, but it also happened on February 15 in China.

Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, and each new year is represented by an animal on the Chinese zodiac. This past Friday signified the end of the Year of the Rooster and the beginning of the Year of the Dog. The Chinese New Year is often celebrated with a gathering of friends and family over dinner and many other traditions.

One of the foods that is normally eaten during Chinese New Year is Rice cake or Nian Gao. Watch this video to learn how to make this simple and yummy treat.


  • Use a spatula or spoon to mix in the red bean paste. A whisk can easily get the paste stuck between its gaps, and by using a spoon or spatula you can avoid this.
  • Use a pan with a removable bottom if you have one. This will make it easier to remove the rice cake and cut it into pieces.
  • Pour the batter slowly into the pan, so you can catch any remaining chunks of red bean paste.

Michelle Zhang

Michelle is a junior at Conant Highschool, and this is her second year on the Crier staff. This year she is going to be the editor of the new Lifestyle section. During the school year she is on the golf team and the math team. Outside of school she loves to bake, read, and spend time with her family.

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