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Family’s gau tradition a major outdoor affair

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    Wayne Ng relaxes with his Chihuahua-terrier Dusty as the gau steams behind him.

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    The Ng family’s annual tradition is to make gau in massive quantities. Helping top the gau with sesame seeds and dried dates are, clockwise from left, Jami Kaneshiro, Boyd Hagihara, Britney Hagihara, Brendan Kam, Elijah Lovelace and Ella Lovelace.

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    Wayne Ng uses a pulley to uncover the gau, which has been steaming for about four hours in woks set above burning wood.

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    Gau toppings of sesame seeds and dried dates, plus red paper wrappers, are all meant to bring luck in the new year.

Each year for more than 50 years, the descendants of Jimmy Ng have gathered and worked for days to make a delicious symbol of the Chinese New Year: the sticky, steamed rice-flour dessert called nien gau, or gau for short. Read more

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