In Indonesia, it is known as kue keranjang, as in the old days, it was sold in a basket. The real Chinese Name is Nian Gao. And as with other Chinese name, there are a lot of meaning behind the name of this delicacies.
The pronunciation of the word “Nian” is very close with the word “Nien”, which means Year. And the word “Gao”, depends on how it is said, can mean cake or high. “Nian Gao” therefore can be correlated with the meaning Year High, to wish someone to reach higher in the coming year.
The packaging of the cake itself is often decorated with good words, such as in the picture above. The common words used to decorate the cake is longevity, luck, prosperity, and many more.
During my childhood, my mom used to steam Nian Gao until it is soft, and then we will eat with shredded coconut. Another popular way to eat it is to deep fried Nian Gao with flour. Nian Gao taste quite sweet, and can be preserved for months by keeping it in refrigerator.
This post is made in response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Sweet
The stretch of road of Kampung Bintang at Pangkal Pinang, the capital of Bangka-Belitung Province of Indonesia, has the food for both newcomer as well as those who simply love to eat Bangka food. There are various stall that is open for breakfast up to 11 am, snacks, and dinner. Here is our recommendation that we happen to try.
Breakfast: Good Kweetiau
I didn’t recall that this place has any name, or I simply to indulge by the kweetiau. The stall is located at a terrace of a house, where the pan, wok and long table is placed for patron to eat. The kweetiau is a bit moist, contrary to my favorite fried kweetiau that is dry. However, it has a strong smoky taste to my delight. So good that I end up ordering a 2nd serving. And my 1 year old son love it too!
Snacks: Bakpau Abun
At glance, the Bakpau can be easily overlooked. We spot this place on our way the day before, and buy 1 of each bakpau as trial: Pork, Crushed Peanuts and Beans. Happy with all of them, we bought 5 each for our snacks on our way from Pangkal Pinang to Belinyu.
Dinner: Asui Seafood Restaurant
One of the most well-known Bangka Food is Seafood, and no trip to Bangka island is complete without savoring the seafood at the original place. If you plan to go to Sungailiat, some 45 minutes to the north, I would recommend New Raja Laut. Otherwise, seafood Asui is still good to satisfy your taste bud
Snacks: Otak-otak Ase
Before you left and call it a day, stop at this place to complete your dining. Otak-otak Ase serve traditional Bangka fish cake in small bite size, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. It s bite size makes it easy for you to eat more than you plan. They also serve other snacks made from fish, but usually, the fish cake will finish first.
On your way back, right across the street from Otak-otak Ase, there are a cart that sell liang teh, a traditional Chinese Tea herb. There are hot and cold, sweet and bitter. My preference is the hot bitter tea, which complete my food journey at Jalan Kampung Bintang Bangka that night,