clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Fried Nian Gao

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 2 reviews
  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Malaysian


Fried Nian Gao is a type of Malaysian snack made with Nian gao, taro and sweet potato slices that are made into sandwiches dipped in a batter, sprinkled with sesame seeds then deep fried to crispy perfection.


Units Scale

Nian Gao

  • 12 pcs 1/3-inch-thick slices taro
  • 12 pcs 1/3-inch-thick slices sweet potato
  • 12 pcs 1/3-inch-thick slices nian gao / tikoy
  • sesame seeds
  • oil, for deep frying


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water


  1. In a wok add enough oil for deep frying, heat it to 180C.
  2. In a bowl combine all batter ingredients together then mix it well. Set it aside.
  3. Create a sandwich by piling up taro, nian gao / tikoy and sweet potato, in that order. Dip each sandwich in the batter, sprinkle some sesame seeds then deep fry in oil for 6 to 7 minutes or until it turns golden brown and cooked. Deep fry in batches so oil temperature does not go down drastically.
  4. Remove fried nian gao from the oil, drain of excess oil then serve.