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Go on a culinary tour with these Lunar New Year eats


The year of the snake falls on 10 February, and brings with it a host of customary celebrations and festivities.  The Lunar New Year is one of the most important dates in many Asian countries, with many families attaching similar importance and traditions to the occasion.  These countries include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam, where the first day of the Lunar New Year is a public holiday.

While some customs may vary from country to country, each of them have at least one in common – eating delicious, traditional treats when visiting the homes of family and friends.  Here are some snacks you may find served up – or can serve up – in different countries. 

Kueh Bangkit

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Kueh Bangkit is a popular traditional cookie eaten at Chinese New Year.

A traditional Chinese New Year cookie with Nonya origins, Kueh Bangkit is made from tapioca flour, eggs and coconut milk.  Its hard appearance belies a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth taste experience once it’s eaten, contributing to its ever enduring popularity in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. 

The Kueh’s tantalising texture comes from the process of dry frying the tapioca flour to remove all moisture from it. The weight of the flour used should be reduced by about 12%, and can take up to about 45 minutes. 

If you can’t spare the time, simply bake it at 160oC in a convection oven like the Electrolux EOB53000X until it reaches the desired weight. This convection oven comes with Ultrafan cooking, which helps circulate hot air evenly, taking up less time and energy to achieve great tasting results. 

Bánh trưng

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One of Vietnam’s three national dishes, the making and eating of Bánh trưng is a family activity during Tet.

One of Vietnam’s three national dishes, Bánh trưng is a traditional rice cake made from glutinous rice, mung bean, pork and other ingredients.  The making and eating of this cake is a family-wide activity during Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Cooking Bánh trưng is a time intensive affair, with the rice cakes stacked in a pot of boiling water for between three to six hours.  Using an induction hob like the Electrolux EHED72CS helps to save energy in this long boiling process, as induction hobs are generally more energy efficient.  The nine power settings on the Electrolux EHED72CS, controlled by an intuitive Electronic Touch Control, also make it easier to keep the water at a consistent boil.


Nian Gao

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Nian Gao can be prepared in many different ways, as part of stir-fried dishes or sweetened with brown sugar and pan-fried with eggs.

An extremely sticky and sweet cake made from glutinous rice, Nian Gao is consumed primarily during Chinese New Year, as its name is a homonym for a better year in Chinese. 

Preparing the batter for Nian Gao can be a sticky affair.  Hand mixers like the powerful Electrolux EHM2000 hand mixer come with five speed settings that can help speed up the preparation process while thoroughly and evenly mixing the ingredients.



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A traditional Korean lunar new year dish, Tteokguk is eaten for luck, and to mark the beginning of another year.

Consisting of thinly-sliced rice cakes in a meat broth, Tteokguk is eaten in Korea at the Lunar New Year for luck.

Tteokguk requires a combination of frying and boiling cooking methods, making the Electrolux Keyhole hob a perfect appliance for preparing this dish.  The wok burner on the keyhole hob makes it perfect for stir-frying or pan-frying, while the induction hob can be used to boil and simmer the broth simultaneously, making the preparation process a fuss-free and enjoyable experience.

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