Acar Timun (Spicy Pickled Cucumber)

We’re down to CNY treat #3 and it’s acar (one of Keith’s favorites)! Back home, acar is often served with keropok udang (deep-fried prawn or shrimp crackers). I still remember back in the days when we had to lay out the pieces of keropok outside in the hot sun to dry them before frying, and FYI, I don’t miss that chore. :D […]

Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Sticky Cake)

On the day I was making the peanut cookies, I was making CNY treat #2 at the same time. :D The Nian Gao batter was quick and easy to put together, and all I had to do was keep an eye on the steamer to make sure it did not run out of water. What’s so special about eating Nian Gao at […]

Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies

Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and I’ve just finally started making CNY treats. The first on the list is the super-delicious, melt-in-the-mouth peanut cookies. These tiny morsels of decadent peanuty goodness are so dangerously additive, I hope they last till CNY. 10 more days to go! :D Recipe from Bread et Butter with slight changes 2 cups dry roasted unsalted peanuts 1 cup […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

Being a sensory-sensitive child, Alex doesn’t appreciate Asian snacks much, especially the really pungent ones. So last night, when Keith and I opened the spicy cuttlefish snack that we bought from, Alex found the smell (from across the room nonetheless) so stinky and offensive that he asked “Are you trying to make compost?” LOL Looks like I won’t be bringing durian home anytime […]

Kuih Bangkit II

Last but certainly not least, my CNY treat #6 is Kuih Bangkit. Kuih Bangkit is a delicious, melt-in-the-mouth coconut-flavored cookie. It is in fact my all-time favorite CNY cookie! Here’s the problem – it is probably (for me) the most challenging cookie to make. Most Kuih Bangkit recipes use tapioca flour (aka tapioca starch), which […]

Nian Gao (Chinese New Year Sticky Cake)

I’m down to CNY treat #5 and it is Nian Gao! First things first – I would like to thank Sonia (and her mum) of the Nasi Lemak Lover blog for sharing this traditional recipe. I will treasure it, Sonia! Nian Gao is usually referred to as the Chinese New Year cake but it’s not […]

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Pomelo or loke yau in Cantonese is a popular fruit during CNY as the word ‘yau’ sounds like the word for abundance, thereby hinting at an abundance of good fortune. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! Although I’m just half Chinese (from my mum’s side), I’ve always celebrated Chinese New Year along with […]

Fried Anchovies with Roasted Peanuts

Here’s CNY treat #3 – Fried Anchovies with Roasted Peanuts. The anchovies (they come already salted) are fried until crispy, seasoned with white pepper to taste and mixed with lightly salted roasted peanuts for a delicious and addictive snack (don’t knock it till you try it). :-D Click here to find out how to “fry” […]