Wednesday, 28 January 2009

chinese new year treats

Part of the joy of Chinese New Year is the treats we get, once a year sweets that are sugary and floury and coveted and difficult to make. I tried to make some kuih for the first time this year, they were a bit average but I've still got twelve days to go so that's plenty of time to try again.

A lot of kuih is vegan, except for that critical last second when an egg wash is used to give it that gloss. This year I discovered my very favourite lollies contain egg whites (no!), and all the great looking peanut cookies had an egg wash. The pineapple tarts were egg free, though, and delicious as always.

love letters

Love letters are my very favourite Chinese New Year treat. A batter is poured into hot iron moulds, they're difficult to make but the end result is a crispy wafer treat. I'm no where near ready to try making these kuih kapit, so it's a good thing they're readily available at Chinese New Year.

coconut biscuits (kuih bangkit)

Kuih bangkit are a chalky coconut biscuit that disintegrates in your mouth. My mum usually buys the white ones, as a child they used to be shaped like birds with a little red dot for the eyes, and as a result my sister and I used to refer to them as death biscuits. I love their deliciousness, but they make your mouth stick together and I do wish they weren't quite so chalky!

I love this time of year, all the delicious treats and so much food. I wish some of these treats were available all year around!


Miss T said...

They look great! It's cool that you're able to veganise the traditional treats reasonably easily; hope your versions turn out well!

ŀĀŘ¡ŝ∫Á said...

the coconut biscuits look so pretty, and it sounds like a delish treat!

a vegan about town said...

Hey Miss T, thanks! I hope they turn out well also!

Hey ŀĀŘ¡ŝ∫Á - I'm not the biggest fan of the coconut biscuits, but I do really love how they look. :o)