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Fitness Friday 5 + A Chinese New Year Recipe – Baked Nian Gao 年糕

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!Today is Chinese New Year and it’s  the year of the horse. Before I get into some Fitness Friday stuff, here are some videos you guys should watch to celebrate the New Year. And, yes. I am an ABC, American Born Chinese.

And here’s another cute video!

Also, here’s a recipe to a baked nian gao I made. The way I translate nian gao (年糕) is New Year Cake. However, the real meaning is different. Nian means year. Gao means cake. But, if gao is said in a different tone (there are four tones in Mandarin), it can also mean taller. This is basically wishing everyone good health for the New Year.

baked nian gao


  • 1 lb glutinous rice flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 can coconut milk (400 mL or 13.5 oz)
  • red bean paste (optional)
  • sesame seed (optional)


  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, sift the flour, sugars, and baking powder.
  3. Mix in the eggs, oil and milk.
  4. Pour the batter into the baking dish.
  5. If you want, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds on.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes to one hour. Use a toothpick to make sure it’s cooked all the way.
  7.  When you take it out, the cake will deflate. Cutting it into pieces will be a bit difficult, since the inside is sticky.
  8. Enjoy!

Just to let you guys know, the texture of the cake is sticky and chewy. It’s a different texture than what you are used to but it’s delicious!

Finally, it’s Fitness Friday.

I am really debating whether to lift weights or do pilates. It’s such a hard decision. Maybe I can mix it up? Let me know your thoughts!

Here are my workouts for this week.

Fitness Friday 1-31-14

Now, for the workout, there is no workout. But, I did create something for you guys.

Workout of the Week 1-31-14

Sometimes, we are stressed during our lives that we don’t take the time to just clear our mind and relax. It is very important for your health.

I guess that’s it for now! 恭喜发财! 新年快乐! 身体健康!

How were your workouts this week?

Have you tried nian gao 年糕 before?

-Well, you might have. There is also a steamed version of one.

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