19 February brings the Lunar New Year to 2015. James and I will be in Singapore to enjoy the festivities and attend the exciting family reunion with my relatives. This will mark the first time in exactly 10 years that I will actually be home for the annual celebration. It’s always been the Christmas reunion that I attend each year so this will be something different for me.
Here’s a quick roundup of all the CNY related recipes I have posted on my blog thus far, with some commentary on the significance of each treat. Remember guys, homemade goodies make great gifts! I hope the Year of the Goat brings good luck to each and every one of you!
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Pineapple tarts are a very common Southeast Asian snack staple regularly enjoyed during Chinese New Year. These bite-size “tarts” boast a perfect balance of buttery melt-in-your mouth pastry and a great golden dollop of sweet yet tangy, subtly spiced pineapple jam. In Singapore, jars and jars of commercially-made tarts make their appearance without fail weeks in advance at supermarkets, food outlets, cakeries, bakeries, specialty stores and even convenience stores. Enthusiasts actually go out of their way each year to try to find the best tarts available! Get the recipe!
There are many different types of traditional Chinese New Year cookies that contain ground nuts of some kind – walnut cookies, peanut cookies, almond cookies, etc. My favourite by far has to be cashew nut cookies. I find them to be airier in texture, with a more palatable flavour. Whatever the case, most of these tender nut-based CNY cookies are known for their crackly tops and golden glossiness from the brushed-on egg wash. Get the recipe!
Symbolising family closeness and togetherness, these chewy little balls are made using glutinous rice flour and are usually served in a bowl of sweet broth made from boiled rock sugar and fresh ginger. While the dumplings are sometimes eaten plain, they are sometimes filled with a sweetened paste – black sesame, ground peanut and red bean pastes are common. Savoury versions of this traditional dish also exist. Get the recipe!
The peanut is an auspicious symbol in Chinese culture. Like noodles, they represent longevity. They are also said to bring about prosperity, stability and good fortune. A well-made peanut cookie should crumble and melt into a smooth peanut paste in your mouth, yet still have a notable crunch when you take a bite. The addictive fragrance and flavour of roasted peanuts should leave you hankering for more! Get the recipe!