Friday 15 January 2016

Now Open Again for Chinese New Year Orders!

SAM TAN'S KITCHEN HAS MOVED! Please visit the new website/online store at for all Chinese New Year enquiries. You can also follow Sam on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Thank you!

Happy New Year folks!

I've been away on an epic 5-week trip to Malaysia so this is coming a little later than usual, but I'm happy to say I am now taking Chinese New Year orders again!

Every year for the past 6 years, CNY has meant mountains of butchered pineapple husks, scatterings of runaway peanuts on the floor and a snowy white dusting of tapioca starch all over my counters. My little home kitchen turns into a mini war zone, as I stir jam by the gallon, sift copious amounts of flour, knead huge balls of dough and make thousands of intricate bitesize cookies from scratch, one by one.

It's back-breakingly labor intensive, and essentially turns me into a slightly deranged, sleep deprived baking monster. So why do I do it? 

Because I know that if like me, you're far away from family and any decent Malaysian bakery able to replicate local flavors accurately, then authentic CNY goodies can mean the world this time of year. You may not have endless relatives to visit or red cards to decorate the home with or angpow to collect/give out, but by golly you shall still eat festively! :)


Simply email me at with:

1) Your name, or the name of the person you are gifting to
2) Your list of items
3) Mailing address that the order should be shipped to, including zipcode
4) Your note (if you are ordering as a gift)

I will then give you your exact total including shipping, and Paypal/Venmo instructions. Once payment is made, please allow at least 3-5 days for your order to be baked fresh (during peak CNY period, this may take longer). It will then be shipped via USPS 2-Day Priority Mail and you will be provided with the tracking number.

For local Angelenos who don't want to pay shipping, pickup can be arranged (I am based in Koreatown).

Please get your orders in by Sunday January 31st in order to guarantee receipt by February 8th 2016.

All cookies come in clear plastic 16oz or 32 oz deli-style tubs. Like so:

Gong Hei Fatt Choy to all my readers, and wishing you a prosperous Year of the Monkey ahead! :)


Kuih Nastar (Rolled Pineapple Jam Tarts)- $22 per tub of 22 pcs
Homemade jam slow-cooked from fresh whole pineapples and aromatic spices, encased in a hand-shaped all butter crumbly pastry

Open-Faced Pineapple Jam Tarts- $35 per tub of 35 pcs
Made with the same blobs of scrumptious homemade jam as the Kuih Nastar,
only sunny side up with a patterned pastry base

Fah Sang Peng (Peanut Cookies)- $22 per tub of 30 pcs
Extremely addictive, be warned! Fragrant, crumbly and deliciously nutty, made the
proper way with roasted whole peanuts (none of this peanut butter business)

Bakkwa/Rougan/Long Yoke (Chinese Dried Pork Jerky)- $48/lb
Free of the coloring and preservatives usually present in mass-produced versions, 
this Chinese New Year staple is home-marinated, hand-pressed and grilled until the perfect charred sticky-sweet-salty flavor and texture is achieved

Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Coconut Cookies)- $22 per tub of 32 pcs
Handmade traditionally shaped little cookies with a crisp bite and powdery melt-in-the-mouth texture. Aromatic with the definitive flavors of toasted tapioca, pandan and coconut.

Almond London- $30 per tub of 34 pcs
One for the chocoholics! A whole roasted almond encased in a butter cookie, topped
with melted dark chocolate and chopped nuts

Kuih Ros/ Kuih Loyang (Crispy Rosette Cookies)- $15 per tub of 15 pcs
Crunchy coconut milk and rice flour rosettes, deep-fried until shatteringly crisp. Fragrant, lightly sweet, very addictive.

Buttery Coconut Cornflake Crunchies- $15 per tub of 25 pcs

A family favorite Mum taught me growing up! :) Crunchy crushed cornflakes
with the fragrance of dessicated coconut and sweet raisins

Mini Honey Cornflake Cups- $15 per tub of 30 pcs
Delectable little bitesize bundles of cornflakes coated in a buttery honey caramel, then baked until crunchy. Exceedingly moreish- expect to eat a whole box in one sitting.

Fresh Prosperity Yee Sang/Yu Sheng (Chinese New Year Salad)- $38 (feeds 6-8)
The fresh, mouthwatering real deal, complete with a dazzling array of hand-grated ingredients, homemade "pok chui" (crunchy crackers) and all condiments and toppings. Not your dried up boxed variety. 
*Does not include raw fish. Not available for shipping, sorry!


  1. you won't move to Beijing. *tear*


  2. Looks excellent! Will introduce to my friends.

    KHFC for the 14th! :)

    David x

  3. Gaikkie: but I can POST to Beijing :) Not like you need it, being in China for Chinese New Year!

    Thanks David!:)


  4. Sam will you post some to Perth please? :( Also, is it not the year of the dragon?

    1. Hey Ashwini! Oops- yes of course it is, I've corrected it now.

      If you're willing to pay postage these cookies can be shipped anywhere!:)


  5. I have just found your blog via Google, thank God, I ate dinner before seeing this post!!! Not great for a pregnant woman with serious cravings, ha!

    Am dreaming about new year peanut cookies...and everything on here!

    1. Haha, the peanut cookies recipe is on my blog if you would like to attempt it and fulfil your cravings!

      Thanks for visiting my blog!


  6. These look great! I am having a CNY party at the weekend so will take inspiration!

  7. Hello Samantha, I sent you another e-mail and you haven't reply. Could you please check if it didn't went to you spam folder? Thank you very much! Nathália Simões

  8. Hi sam,

    Would you share the recipe of the cookies please

  9. hello how to make order this cookies ?

    1. Hi Lynda,

      Email me at and we can discuss it. Thanks!

  10. yum yum! They all look so yummy and delicious. they are perfect for this coming CNY 2014.
    My best chinese new year greetings to you and may you enjoy the sweetness of those cookies and goodies.
    Gong Xi Fa Cai

    Liezel xxxxx

  11. Hi, am I still in time to buy some for my friends who are in Nottingham, UK? I'm currently in Msia.

    1. Please email me at thanks!

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  13. Hi Samantha,
    Omg! I tried your Hor fun recipe and it was SO good and authentic. I miss that dish so much and I am so glad that I found your blog. Your char kway teow recipe was amazing too. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I am going to try the popiah recipe next. Just want you to know that I'm so grateful for people like you who are willing to share your recipes. My late mom was an awesome cook but unfortunately, I never had a chance to learn it from her. So terima kaseh!!!

    1. Thank you for the heartfelt message! I am so glad to hear that you find my recipes good and authentic, it is my absolute pleasure to share them- spread the joy of food I say :)

      Let me know how the popiah recipe turns out too! (a tech error made it appear briefly as a recent post, it is actually something I shared in 2009).

      Happy cooking!

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