Must-Have Chinese New Year Snack : Love Letters (Kuih Kapit) Made the Traditional Way
With Chinese New Year just days away, I would like to share with you the recipe of my favourite Lunar New Year snack of all time - kuih kapit, as it is fondly called among Malaysians. It’s similar to the cylindrical ‘love letters’ but thinner and folded into quarters. Believe me, once you have taken the first bite, it takes a strong will to stop yourself from finishing a whole container.
I was lucky to watch my aunt make a big batch of these addictive festive treat. The downside is that I had to wake up really early as she had to start making them before the weather became warmer in the morning or, shall I say, hotter in the afternoon as is the case in Malaysia?.
I shall briefly explain how the delicacy is made to give you an overall understanding of what she has to endure throughout the process. Kuih kapit has to be cooked with the help of an open charcoal stove. You have to remain standing to flip the mould for about six hours or more, depending on how much batter is at hand.
A good kuih kapit is very thin and loosely folded (not origami-style folding). It should have a slight curve on the folds so that the folded layers crunch in your mouth.
It really isn’t amusing standing in front of hot burning charcoal for half a day in such a hot weather. But looking on the bright side, the end result is just worth the effort!!
Featured pix credit : Lih Jing Lim @flickr
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