Chinese New Year is time of feasting and constant snacking, like any festival. Cookies play an important part in the celebrations – like in many other Malaysian festivals – and the ubiquitous red jars are lining the shelves of every supermarket. The cookies of this season would fill a book (I’m sure there is one already), but this blog post is a good introduction to CNY food, whereas this one has a comprehensive list of cookies with recipes if you are ready for a long, sweaty day in the kitchen.
Our favourites are the thin and delicate kuih kapit (love letters) and the good old pineapple tarts: thick, sweet pineapple jam wrapped in crumbly buttery cookie crust. These babies are painstakingly laborious to make and it seems that most busy modern day families buy theirs rather than start cookie factories in their homes months in advance.
This year we tried the pineapple tarts from Marlina’s cakes based in Sri Hartamas. We were told these are Indonesian style, with the pineapple jam hidden inside an innocent looking ball of buttery crust.
Not all cookies are created equal! Marlina’s are made with real butter and no nasties like preservatives and artificial flavours. She is also a cake artist that believes cakes are supposed not to only look great but also taste good – yes, we agree! Check her Facebook page for prices, delivery can also be arranged.
Picture: Marlina’s cakes
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