It is not my tradition to buy Nian Gao for Lunar New Year. This sweet sticky cake is not a hot favourite with my kids. I bought one small one just to make the Nian Gao Rolls weeks ago.
Then JY gave me another three, 1 big and two small so now I have so many nian gao left. Then I realised that I bought a yam as well. Now don’t ask me why too for I can’t remember. So back to tradition method, Nian Gao Fritters!
This snack is great when eaten hot as it has a nice crisp to it. I also love the fluffy yam that goes with it. A nice balance to overcome the sweetness of Nian Gao.
Now I am wondering how else to finish off the rest of the Nian Gao. Perhaps I would follow Anncoo's Journal's and just coat it with freshly grated coconut.
Time really flies. Today is a rest day for my daughter and me. No tuition day as I call it.
Today, I read with interest on the topic that was published in the Straits Times.
Basically it boiled down to our Education System. The high demand they wanted from our children thus resulted in Kiasu and kiasi parents (a local term we used for being paranoid)
I attended a workshop held by the school last Friday and I felt so disgusted and left the school.
The expectation from this education system is simply nonsensical. No wonder the kids lost their childhood. No wonder more are seeking psychiatrist’s help.
During my son’s time, we refused to succumb. We let our son have a good childhood by playing. Sad to say, when it comes to my daughter’s turn, we relented. Not because we wanted a top soccer but because her confidence level was greatly affected by the system.
Seeing how she is living her life, I felt so heart pain for her. She basically has no life, yet if I don’t give her that help. She was turning into some one who is insecure. She felt so demoralised when she can’t attempt questions that was given in class!
After giving her that extra help, I have noticed a vast improvement from her attitude towards that particular subject. She is now enjoying it.
Thus I felt so torn.
Personally, it really boils down to our school system – sieving the cream of the crop to become future leaders. I really think this is a heavy price to pay and at the expense of many Singaporeans.
Have you any idea what this so called banding (basic and foundation) will do to these children? Have you ever wonder why the government is building bigger and grander ITE? Have you ever wonder how come so many teachers are quitting their profession and turned into entrepreneurs?
Coincidentally, I just got to know a successful lawyer who is uprooting and heading off to Australia. His reason is that it is just too painful to see his kids going through this education system.
Sad isn’t it?
What you need:
Nian Gao (sliced)
Yam (sliced thinnly)
150g rice flour
30g tapioca starch
2 tsp corn flour
1 tsp salt
Water - to add till you get a thick batter form.