Tikoy Turon

It’s a totally different way of enjoying this popular Chinese New Year’s cake. Tikoy Turon is a type of snack prepared with a Chinese sweet rice cake called tikoy wrapped with spring roll pastry then deep fried.

Tikoy or Nian gao is a food prepared from glutinous rice flour, it can be eaten all year round but traditionally it is most popular during the Chinese New Year as it is considered to bring luck when you eat them because nian gao is a homonym for “grow every year” which means “a more prosperous year”. Usually, Nian Gao is eaten as it is but, in the Philippines, they usually prepared by slicing several day-old hardened rice cakes, dipping it in egg then pan frying them until crispy on the edges and chewy and soft on the insides.

Today we are preparing them differently, were cooking it turon style, where we wrap it in a spring roll pastry then deep frying it until golden brown. You can add other fillings if you want like langka or cheese, you can even use any tikoy flavour you want.

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Tikoy Turon

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Tikoy Turon is a type of snack prepared with a Chinese sweet rice cake called tikoy wrapped with spring roll pastry then deep fried.


  • 12 pcs 4 x 3/4-inch thick Tikoy slices
  • 12 Sheets of Lumpia Wrapper
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • oil, for deep frying


  1. In a wok add enough oil for deep frying, heat oil to 180C.
  2. Place tikoy slices at the centre of lumpia wrapper.
  3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar on top of tikoy.
  4. Fold sides of wrapper and roll tightly then dab edges with water then seal the wrapper.
  5. Repeat process until you finish all the tikoy slices.
  6. Gently place tikoy turon into the oil filled wok then cook until golden brown in colour.


6 Responses

  1. Easy quick and delicious ,esp. if you love rice cake!

  2. Neil says:

    These look delicious Raymond. Love how simple the recipe is too!

  3. I’ve never tried Tikoy Turon, but it sounds delish! And I love that Philippine version – basically rice cake french toast!

  4. suituapui says:

    Oh! T’nee Koi (Hokkien/Fujian dialect) is Tikoy in Filipino, same same! They deep fry sandwiched between a slice of sweet potato and a slice of yam. Simply out of this world, so very nice!

  5. Hannah says:

    Another new delicacy to me! It’s made with so few ingredients and looks very easy. Plus, I already have spring roll wrappers waiting to be used up… I’ve got to try it!

  6. Sounds really good — I just saw lumpia wrappers at the Asian grocer. Should be easy to make!

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