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Pineapple cookie (黄梨饼) 1

By ppang
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Food, in my opinion, is one of the most prominent aspects of a culture. Auspicious food symbols play an important role in Chinese New Year celebration. In Malaysia, “open houses” during the celebration is common. It is a time of reunion and catching up amongst families and friends. The guests are often served with various Chinese New Year treats (often cookies, fish/prawn chips, drinks, or sometimes, full meals).

One of my favourite Chinese New Year cookies is the pineapple cookie (黄梨饼Wink . Pineapple in Hokkien dialect (one of the many Chinese dialects) read as "ong lai" and is often written in the auspicious way in Chinese characters as "旺來". “Ong” sounds like “luck”, whereas “lai” sounds like “come” (rephrased in “grammatically correct” way = "good luck is coming our way").
The pineapple filling cooked for several hours (depending on the amount of pineapple used) under low heat. A small portion of the filing was then wrapped with a layer of pastry before the shaped cookies were baked. I have shaped the cookies to resemble little mandarin oranges (金橘, Mandarin/pinyin: jīn jú) which has a homophone of "golden luck”.

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Well presented + interesting photo. JNC
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 18 Wales
9 Apr 2009 8:03PM
A good image depicting the culture and traditions.A lovely image and write up covering this time of the year.Good to see.
Tom.

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