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Red Bean Cake. YES.

This is one of my favorite Chinese desserts that I finally learned how to make with help from my mom.  In Chinese it’s called 年糕 (nian gao) –年 meaning “year”, and 糕 sounding exactly like the word for “higher” – and so, eating it over new year celebrations will naturally bring enlightenment, power, and never-ending happiness and success.  And even if that's not true, red bean cake does bring me temporary happiness, and it may also enlighten those who try it.
To make the filling, use chinese red beans, also called azuki beans.Soak the beans in water overnight.Or to save time, boil some water in a kettle and soak them in that water for a couple of hours.The beans will plump up a bit.
Then boil them in water that JUST covers it on low for about an hour.Then mash up the beans, I used a fine potato masher.Then add sugar to taste and some vegetable oil for smoothness.
To make the rice batter, combine about 2 cups of rice flour with about a cup and a half of milk, 1 egg, 1 tsp of baking pow…

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