Traditionally, this dish is eaten to symbolise the reunion of the family. Typically taken on the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Lantern festival (more commonly known as mooncake festival now because of the consumption of mooncakes during this period) as well as Winter Solstice).
It is easy to make, and some would like fillings in them. I prefer them small and plain, so to taste the sweet soup better.
It Nian Gao, or sticky rice cake, a must to have this in the house every Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year. It is a really sticky rice cake, that is supposedly supposed to make the mouths of the Gods/Deities stick together so they cannot bad mouth you in the near year. Best to line your bowl with banana leaves for the best flavour! Make this Sweet Glutinous Rice Cake anytime you like, or for new year, as a symbol of a new start!