Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stir Fried Rice Cakes with Rib-Eye (Chao Nian Gao)

We used to have these rice cakes at my grandma's house all the time when we were little! We called them "sticky things" but the real name is Nian Goa. My sister bought these at a Chinese supermarket, and we were very excited to stumble upon this recipe! It's really delicious! It's a different take on stir-fry, but just as good! 
Taste: So delicious! I LOVE soy sauce, and all stir fry, so it was great!
Texture: The rice cakes made everything a little starchy.
Would I make this again?: I think I would make this stir-fry with udon noodles, and use the rice cakes the traditional way (floating in chicken broth, they get really squishy)
Stir Fried Rice Cakes with Rib-Eye (Chao Nian Gao)
Adapted from The Food Addicts

-2 lbs. fresh rice cakes
-1 lb. rib-eye, sliced ½” strips (optional: marinate with 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tbsp garlic)
-½ white onion, sliced
-7 cups napa cabbage, sliced

-Mixed bag of vegetables (Onions, Asparagus, Mushrooms)
-1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
-2 Tbsp. soy sauce
-¼ cup oyster sauce
-1 tsp. sesame oil
-Pepper to taste
-2 Tbsp. green onion, sliced (garnish)

1. Soak ovalettes in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Break up the rice cakes with your hands if clumped together.
2. Cut rib-eye into ½” strips. If marinate, then add 1 tbsp. soy sauce and 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
3. In a pan, cook marinated rib-eye over high heat and set aside. About 3-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
4. Heat wok or pan on high heat and add vegetable oil. Sauté vegetables for 2 minutes and garlic until aromatic.
5. Add cabbage and continue to cook for 3 more minutes stirring constantly.
6. Drain ovalettes and add to cabbage mixture. Cook until rice cakes are tender about 3-5 minutes.
7. Add ¼ cup oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Gently mix together and season with pepper to taste.
8. Plate and garnish with sliced green onions.

Enjoy! See step by step directions with pictures at The Food Addict!

1 comment:

  1. mmmm im hungry and this looks amazing! love the ornament post below. i think the ornament frame would be a cute gift idea!