Your Ultimate Guide to Chinese New Year snacks
Bak Kwa, also known as rougan (肉干), is a dried savory sweetmeat that traditionally takes the form of thin square slices and is usually made from pork. Bak kwa and rougan, meaning “dried meat” in Hokkien and Mandarin respectively, also refer to barbecued pork or pork jerky. It’s available throughout the year, but most Chinese families buy the greasy treat in bulk during the Lunar New Year period. Pork bak kwa is arguably the most popular CNY snack.
Pineapple tart or nanas tart is a small, bite-sized pastry filled or topped with pineapple jam. The naturally golden pineapple fruit was seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity, used in Chinese rituals like rolling it into a new house to welcome riches into the home. This highly addictive and delicious is super tarty while the pastry has a fragrant buttery taste, melty and crumbly texture!
Kueh bangkit (also known as tapioca cookies) are crunchy, coconut-flavored cookies that melt in your mouth almost instantly. Kueh bangkit, meaning "to rise," the name was derived from how the cookies would rise during the baking process. A great festive treat for friends, baking these delectable little devils takes nimble kneading skills and a great deal of patience.
Depending on how you look at the shape, it may also resemble a honeycomb or beehive. Hence, the name Honeycomb Cookie and Beehive Cookie. The honeycomb biscuit is a common sight in South East Asia during the festive period. This seemingly Asian pastry was heavily influenced by the Rosette cookies from Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Norway. Coconut milk is used in the Asian version, on top of flour, sugar and eggs. Consuming this dessert symbolizes a sweet year ahead.