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7 Popular Chinese New Year Treats28 Jan 2014
With the Lunar New Year just around the corner, comes an array of traditional and modern must-have seasonal treats. Keep an eye out for these festive cookies the next time you’re at out at the shops.
#1 Ti kueh
This sweet, sticky, caramel-like dessert can be eaten steamed or deep fried with yam and sweet potato slices. The ti kueh is a common offering in Chinese homes to the Kitchen God, who legend has it, reports on the household to the higher gods. The sweet cake's purpose—to glue the Kitchen God’s mouth shut or to sweeten his report, of course.
#2 Peanut cookies
Made from finely grounded roasted peanuts, sugar and flour, these addictive bites are often stamped with the top of a toothpaste cap or straw to form the circular shape on the top of the cookie.
#3 Pineapple tarts
Prepared in various forms—with the pineapple jam rolled-in or mounded on top of a flower-shaped buttery pastry—these gems are bound to be a staple in most homes for Chinese New Year.
#4 Almond balls
A variation to the peanut cookie, these almond treats are equally as addictive and time consuming to make.
#5 Almond biscuits
With every household standing by their own versions of the almond biscuit—circular, square, thick, or ultra thin—this one comes from one of our editorial members who has had this in the household for well over twenty years.
#6 Kueh ka-pit @ Love Letters
How it's made: a sinful batter of coconut milk, sugar, rice flour and eggs, poured onto a patterned clapper, heated over charcoal and nimbly folded. The name ‘love letters’ is associated with the olden folklore of communicating with these love letters, either by adding a small note into the cookie as it’s being folded or secretly passed on to an admired one as a symbol of interest.
#7 Kueh Bangkit
These melt-in-the mouth cookies made from tapioca flour, coconut milk, flour and eggs, come in various shapes, often of flora and fauna, with a red dot—a popular one with the kids and the kids at heart.
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