Symbolic Chinese New Year Snacks
Chinese New Year is right round the corner, and with it comes all the goodies and snacks sent from the heavens. Okay we might be exaggerating, but really, CNY treats are the most delicious things in the world. Hands down. Here are some crowd favourites:
No surprise that the list starts off with this. Pineapple tarts are possibly the most symbolic New Year snacks (aside from Mandarin oranges obviously!) and the craze doesn’t look like it’ll end anytime soon. Some come in your traditional tart form and others are rolled in the middle of pastry – sort of like a biscuit with pineapple jam filling. Either way, they are beyond delicious and irresistible. Let’s just conveniently forget how much sugar we’re eating.
Also known as the Uncle/Aunty snack. Parents and grandparents alike love these dried, preserved fruits and they can spend hours in conversation with each other just munching on these things. Can’t really blame them, dried mango is insanely tasty.
If you claim to not be addicted to this, you’re either lying or in denial. These little buggers are so sinfully tasty and it’s impossible to stop at one. Make sure you stock up on this before having visitors for Chinese New Year, because it’ll be the first thing they look for!
Kueh Kapit (Love Letters)
This was probably your favourite snack as a kid, before your taste buds learnt how to appreciate flavours other than sweet. Chinese New Year was a magical time because you were allowed to load up on treats such as these without getting reprimanded for once.
Saved the best for last? Yes we did. Chinese New Year is incomplete without the King of all CNY snacks; Bak Kwa. This is basically thin slices of dried, sweetened meat (pork usually). Some people will tell you it’s all about the glaze, others will say it’s all about the meat. Whichever you think it is, there’s no denying that this is the undisputed King of all sinful treats.