Fun facts about your favorite Tikoy
Its Chinese New Year once again and even though the Lunar New Year is an adopted celebration from China, many Pinoys can be found stocking up on the famous glutinous rice cake called Tikoy.
Why is it that Chinese New Year revelers consider this an essential part of their feast? Here are some fun deets that our team gathered that you may want to know about your favorite Chinese delicacy.
Unity and Solidarity. Families often partake of the Tikoy on New Year’s Day because it is a symbol of unity and solidarity. The round shape of the tikoy is a symbol of a never ending bond while its stickiness is symbolic of closeness. Giving out and sharing tikoy is also considered a very lucky tradition among friends.
Better Year. The Chinese word for tikoy is actually nian gao, which sounds like the Chinese word for high year. The Chinese believe that eating tikoy at the beginning of the year will inspire a higher or better year for revelers.
Chinese mythology. The Chinese New Year, based on Chinese mythology is a time that the Kitchen God (who is present in every household) reports the activities of the household to the Jade Emperor in Heaven. Tikoy is traditionally offered to the Kitchen God because of its sticky nature, which is believed to keep his mouth shut do he won’t say anything derogatory about the family he is guarding.
Tikoy, Pinoy version. According to a post by Global Pinoy, Lucban has its own version of this glutinous rice dish. It is made of similar ingredients as the original version but with a Pinoy twist. Check out the recipe here and try to create your own version.
Flavored Tikoy. When you hear flavored tikoy, the word is almost synonymous with Eng Bee Tin, a Binondo based establishment that first introduced the first tikoy variant, the Ube Tikoy after Gerry Chua, the son of its founder Chua Chiu Hong innovated the traditional recipe for hopia to save his family’s business. He also adopted this to Tikoy and now, tikoy variants now range from ube, pandan, butterscotch, sugar free, matcha, green tea, red beans – let your imagination run wild.
Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone! (ANGEL ONG)