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Kue Keranjang (Basket Cake), also called Nian Gao (年糕) or Tii Kwee (甜棵) in Hokkian, China, is a cake that is made from glutinous flour and sugar. It has an elastic and sticky texture. This kind of cake is prepared for Imlek celebrations (Chinese New Year). Kue keranjang was used as an offering to spirits, just before New Year (Jie Sie Siang Ang) until the day of Imlek. As an offering, this cake should not be eaten until Chap Goh Meh (15 days after Imlek).
People believe that the cake was given to satisfy Dewa Tungku, who was supposed to deliver a report to the Heavenly King (玉皇大帝，Yu Huang Da Di). The shape is round, symbolizing unity and peace.
Origin of the name
Kue keranjang was originally named as Nien Kao or Ni-Kwee or Yearly Cake or Seasonal Cake, because they are only made once a year. In East Java, this cake was named Kue Keranjang because the wrapper is made from a bamboo basket with a little hole in the middle. In West Java, it was named China Cake, as the origin of the cake from China, but some call it China Cake because the producers are Chinese (known as Tionghoa).
- Bánh tổ, the Vietnamese counterpart
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