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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina wrote:

Wai Fun just left my place. She had a one-to-one crash course on how to make that perfect fish nian gao! grin


LOL...must put to practise then can see how much I've absorbed! Itching to do some immediately but don't have the ingredients yet. Forget to ask you, Gina, where you get your Rose water from? Phoon Huat?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got mine from Gim Hin Lee at Haig Road
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cecelia wrote:
Will the plastic fish mould melt if you steam them? tx


no..it doesn't melt.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cecelia wrote:
Will the plastic fish mould melt if you steam them? tx


cecelia, I ask Gina the same qn too. And her answer is "No". Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got mine from Gim Hin Lee at Haig Road


Hmm...I wonder where else will have. Shall call up PH to ask.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwf wrote:
Gina wrote:
I got mine from Gim Hin Lee at Haig Road


Hmm...I wonder where else will have. Shall call up PH to ask.


Phoon Huat doesn't have it. at least the one in AMK doesn't, they have the essence.

I use orange flower water instead.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Phoon Huat doesn't have it. at least the one in AMK doesn't, they have the essence.

I use orange flower water instead.


pepperino, where you get yours from?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwf wrote:
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Phoon Huat doesn't have it. at least the one in AMK doesn't, they have the essence.

I use orange flower water instead.


pepperino, where you get yours from?


I got it from Culina.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just called up PH Hougang. They don't know what is Rose Water, but they say they have Rose Concentrated Flavour. I guess it's not that, right? They mentioned something about Bandung, it's not used for making Bandung right?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wai Fun

if you can, DON'T use essence. the taste/flavour is very artificial. Better to use Rose Water or Orange blossom water.

You can always do the syrup ahead of time. Keep till you are ready to steam. If not, you can add a whole bunch of pandan leaves to boil the syrup so the nian gao will smell good. Discard the leaves when the syrup is cooked.

Cecilia

if you see one of the pictures I had above..has the plastic fish mould. That is for making agar-agar or jelly. I use it for steaming too. Wai Fun came to borrow some Baby Koi moulds from me to try. These are all plastic moulds.

But note that you CANNOT use the chocolate/candy moulds(clear plastic, thin type) for this. It will definitely melt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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freshly made ones last for 4 weeks, keep in the fridge.
If left outside, only 3 days. Because I didn't have any preservatives. the store bought ones have preservatives. that is why can last very long on the shelf!

Wai Fun just left my place. She had a one-to-one crash course on how to make that perfect fish nian gao! grin


too bad something SO PRETTY can only last for 3 days sad i don't really like to eat nian gao...but i think yours are nice to have as "decorations" 'cos they look absolutely gorgeous
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina

I was going to ask you if we could use the chocolate/candy mould to steam, you have anticipated my question.

kwf, I'm going to Gim Hin Lee to get the rose water, you want me to get a bottle for you? My mum doesn't like the orange flower/blossom water much. so going to get the rose water to do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gina

I was going to ask you if we could use the chocolate/candy mould to steam, you have anticipated my question.

kwf, I'm going to Gim Hin Lee to get the rose water, you want me to get a bottle for you? My mum doesn't like the orange flower/blossom water much. so going to get the rose water to do it.


Thanks, pepperino. When you going? I'm thinking of trying Gina's suggestion of pandan leaves in the syrup, sounds more natural to me. I think I shall try that first and update you girls.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina's nain gao is the modern white ones. Does anybody know how to do the nian gao which is the traditional dark yellow / brown round ones in banana leaves?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the answer to my own question in Auntie Lily's blog. Thanks.

http://lilyng2000.blogspot.com/2007/02/nin-konew-year-prosperity-pudding_09.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruyi, you can also find it in KC here
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ruyi, you can also find it in KC here


Oh I much prefer the KC recipe. You see, I think it is a bit of a "pantang" to have white nian gao for CNY or white anything for CNY. Red would be best.

I was asking my Xiamen friend today why some Chinese people wanted fish shapes nain gao and she told me it has to do with Cantonese custom rather than a MinNan tradition. She was explaining to me using Cantonese and it was beyond me.

Hence, I think I will make my first traditional nian gao just like the recipe you showed me Kwf. Thank you so much. I am so excited about it. I have to look for a mould which will allow me to steam the nian gao, buy some banana leaves and get on with it. I am so excited about this whole business. If I have some old ghee or butter tins, I am home and dry!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruyi wrote:

Oh I much prefer the KC recipe. You see, I think it is a bit of a "pantang" to have white nian gao for CNY or white anything for CNY. Red would be best.

I was asking my Xiamen friend today why some Chinese people wanted fish shapes nain gao and she told me it has to do with Cantonese custom rather than a MinNan tradition. She was explaining to me using Cantonese and it was beyond me.

Hence, I think I will make my first traditional nian gao just like the recipe you showed me Kwf. Thank you so much. I am so excited about it. I have to look for a mould which will allow me to steam the nian gao, buy some banana leaves and get on with it. I am so excited about this whole business. If I have some old ghee or butter tins, I am home and dry!


Hmmm..I didn't really think of the "white" thing. To me, as long as the whole fish is not totally white, it's ok. If not, can make like what Gina showed above, a whole orange and red fish. That looks very nice as well. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing your traditional Nian Gao. Smile love
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwf, I bought the rose water yesterday from GHL, will be making nian gao again this afternoon.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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kwf, I bought the rose water yesterday from GHL, will be making nian gao again this afternoon.


I'm making now grin
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi kwf & pepperino,

Do post the pics of your nian gao !! grin

Regards...May
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina, I am interested in trying this. May I know where can I get those mould? Can my konyakku jelly mould be steamed?

Thanks.
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Gina, I am interested in trying this. May I know where can I get those mould? Can my konyakku jelly mould be steamed?

Thanks.


fionn, just helping out. I check with Gina before, she said those can be steamed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwf, just to confirm... my moulds (flowers one) are made of thin plastic. I bought in PH, quite cheap - can be steamed? Thanks
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kwf, just to confirm... my moulds (flowers one) are made of thin plastic. I bought in PH, quite cheap - can be steamed? Thanks


Not too sure how thin it is. To play safe, I think you better call PH. If it's too thin, may not be able to. The moulds I borrow from Gina are quite thick.
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