A red box for Ruby Tuesday, the purple tikoy inside was a pleasant surprise. I've never seen a purple tikoy before, or tasted flavored tikoy for that matter, so I'm pretty excited to try this one. Tikoys usually come in white (with white sugar) or brown (with brown sugar).
Tikoy is a popular give-away from the local Chinese community during the Chinese New Year. It is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and coconut milk, a sticky glob offered to the Kitchen God one week before the Lunar New Year to ensure good luck and prosperity. It is also a way of ensuring the Kitchen God's mouth is too crammed with sticky cake to articulate a negative report to heaven. Called Nian Gao in Chinese, it means progress in the new lunar year.
Tikoy can be eaten straight from the box, or dipped in beaten egg and fried. My box of tikoy is a gift from a Chinese friend. So here's to a prosperous year of the Ox! Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Enjoy Ruby Tuesday