Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (Chao Nian Gao)
Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes (Chao Nian Gao). Ingalls Photography

I’m addicted to Asian rice cakes—soft cylinders, disks, or rectangles of pounded rice. I add coin-shaped rounds of the Chinese version, called nian gao, to stir-fries, where they’re draped in soy sauce and infused with the flavors of ginger and garlic, their pleasantly chewy texture enhanced by crunchy Napa cabbage and snappy bamboo shoots. It’s a combination I’ll always crave.

Melissa Buote is a writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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