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Must-Have Chinese New Year Snack : Love Letters (Kuih Kapit) Made the Traditional Way

Must-Have Chinese New Year Snack : Love Letters (Kuih Kapit) Made the Traditional Way
Ai Pheng
  • On January 28, 2014
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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.

kuih kapit

Start burning the charcoal before mixing the batter

Make sure the moulds are clean

Make sure the moulds are clean

Sieve the batter  (coconut milk, rice flour, sugar and eggs)

Sieve the batter (mixture of coconut milk, rice flour, sugar and eggs)

Then pour the mixture onto one side of the mould, clamp and put it back on the stove.

Flip the moulds frequently, open and check. When it turns brown, peel it off the mould with your fingers. It hurts your fingers slightly if you aren’t used it, Lucky my aunt has fingers made of steel! ;)

 

This is a two man process as the second person has to quickly fold the sheets into a quarter before it cools and hardens. Tips: This is when nails come in handy so you don't burn your fingers.

It’s good to have an extra hand as the second person has to quickly fold the kuih kapit before it cools and hardens. Tip: This is when your nails come in handy to avoid burning your fingers.

KUIH KAPIT! The end product of this tedious process.

Kuih kapit is ready after a tedious process

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

PS. Travelling during Chinese New Year?  Protect your family with travel insurance and celebrate the Lunar New Year with peace of mind.

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