Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Aspiring Baker #39: CNY Rock & Roll

Happy 2014 everyone!
This year CNY happen to fall on 31 Jan, that's why this Jan, the AB theme is CNY related.
You may wander why the theme for Jan 2014 is CNY Rock and Roll? My initial idea for this Jan is Nian Gao (年糕), as I want to learn to make nian gao, also there are more and more nian gao varieties in stores.
A few good examples are my recent CNY food tasting at Peony Jade Restaurant. This year, they are serving 3 types of nian Gao on top of their many new auspicious dishes. The three new types of Nian Gao are Durian Nian Gao (that reminded me of durian mooncake but more meaty and shape of koi), yam paste Nian Gao(tasted like or ni dessert) and horse shape nian gao with custard and sea bird nest filling. And these innovative creation can also be your reference for this theme.

On the other hand, after some discussion with SSB, we decided to do more for this CNY, ie. to include dishes made of Nian Gao And CNY snacks in the form of rolls eg. Dried prawn rolls, pork floss rolls etc.

To elaborate and make things clearer, means this #39 AB theme there are 3 categories:
- make all kinds of Nian Gao, eg. Traditional Nian gao, white radish Nian gao, water chestnut Nian gao, etc.
- Nian Gao dishes eg. Deep fried nian gao, egg coated nian gao, fried Carrot cakes, etc.
- roll type CNY snacks eg. Hei bee roll, pork floss roll etc.
- (update!) homemade bak gwa and all types of fried CNY snacks, eg. Deep fried yam slices, lotus root slices etc.
- (update!) baked CNY snacks, eg. Baked crab stick, baked fish strips etc.

So now you see what is the rock and what's the roll? And you can recreate your rock and roll!

horse shape nian gao with custard and sea bird nest filling from Peony Jade

Durian Nian GAO from Peony Jade

Yam Paste Koi shape Nian gao from Peony Jade

Dried prawn roll

往事如意,心想事成!Looking forward to this CNY feast in Jan 2014!(As CNY fall on last day of Jan, deadline for entry will extend to 7th day (初七,人日)

Who can join?
Everyone! (if you do not have a blog, just send me a photo and recipe of your bake/dish).

How to join?

Step 1 :
Make any related item in the month of Jan 2014 to 6 Feb 2014. You may submit more than 1 entry.

Step 2 :
Post it on your blog between 01 Jan 2014 and 6 Feb 2014.
Your post must include the recipe or link to the original recipe. If you are using a recipe from a book, please include the title of the book too.
Any entries that are posted outside the date range will not be accepted.
Any entries that do not include a recipe or link to the original recipe will not be accepted too.

Step 3 :
Please mention that you are submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #39: CNY Rock and Roll! (Jan 2014) hosted by Food Playground and provide a link back to this post.
Entries will not be accepted if the above is not included.

Step 4 :
Email to in the following format:

Your name or nickname:
Your blog name: (omit this if you do not have a blog)
Name of your bake/dish:
URL of your post:
URL of your photo (one photo for each entry):
(alternatively, you can attach your photo in your email, preferably less than 500kb).

Please use "Aspiring Bakers #39" as your email subject. You may submit more than 1 entry.

The roundup will be posted on 07 Feb 2014.

If you are interested to find out what's on the previous Aspiring Bakers #38, see the roundup .

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