December 15, 2017


With a hint of Chinese blood in our family, I grew up eating tikoy. Tikoy in the Philippines, Nian gao in China. It is a food prepared from glutinous rice and well known in Chinese cuisine and is widely embraced by Filipinos.

It is popularly known as Chinese New Year's cake, but can be eaten all year round especially if you frequent Chinese restaurants.

Eating tikoy has the symbolism of raising oneself taller in each coming year. This sticky sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the Kitchen God, with the aim that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky cake, so that he can't badmouth the human family in front of the Jade Emperor. (Wikipedia)

Masarap kainin ang tikoy. Favorite ko ito pero madalas tinatamad akong lutuin. At dahil malaki na ang aking anak na si Rafael, it's high time they cook for his mom (lol). It's El's first time to cook tikoy. 

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