Nian gao is not just for Chinese New Year. It makes great party finger food too. Every year the mother will buy several sweet nian gao and freeze them for later use. High in sugar content, the glutinous rice cake keeps well. Whenever there is a casual get together, she will fry up a big batch of nian gao with sweet potato or yam. Crispy with a sticky gooey filling, I will be pinching the hot slices right off the fryer and eating them at the risk of burning my mouth.