CNY Flashback: Chinese New Year Gifts

Besides oranges, there is a special must have glutinous rice cake for Chinese New Year. Called Nián gāo which literally means Year Cake, it can be eaten all year round but some would believe that it is extremely lucky to eat it during Chinese New Year. The Malays in Malaysia seem to like the cake too and each year during Chinese New Year, Chinese would give both oranges and nian gao to their Malay friends. These seem like the perfect Chinese New Year gifts for them since they are halal, that is food free from pork which the Muslims could safely consume. Giving away gifts then becomes easy!


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