Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Now Open Again for Chinese New Year Orders!

Every year for the past 5 years, Chinese New Year has meant three things: sleep deprivation, loss of sanity and an odd warm thrill of satisfaction and accomplishment when the last order is shipped. Handmaking hundreds of intricate bitesize cookies from scratch, one by one, in a small home kitchen not built for such purposes is simultaneously fulfilling and ridiculously stressful.

So why do I do it? 

Because I know that if like me, you're far away from home, family and any decent Malaysian bakery able to replicate local flavours accurately, then CNY goodies that actually taste authentic 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 can still eat festively!:)

This year, because I'm feeling exceptionally enthusiastic, I've decided to add a much awaited classic that will be especially significant to Malaysians and Singaporeans: Yee Sang/Yu Sheng, for those who want to usher in prosperity with the classic lou hei tradition! 

Some nitty-gritty: for Angelenos who don't want to pay shipping, cash upon receipt or Venmo is best and collection in person can easily be arranged (I am based in Koreatown). For everyone else (including outside the US), feel free to drop me a line at to discuss shipping and Paypal payment details. 

Please get your orders in by Monday February 9th in order to guarantee receipt by February 19th 2015.

All cookies come in clear plastic deli-style tubs, either small or large depending on the type of cookie. Like so:

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


Kuih Nastar (Rolled Pineapple Jam Tarts)- $20 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

Fah Sang Peng (Peanut Cookies)- $20 per tub of 30 pcs
Extremely addictive, be warned! Fragrant, crumbly and deliciously nutty, made the
proper way with ground whole peanuts (none of this peanut butter business)

Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Coconut Cookies)- $20 per tub of 32 pcs
Handmade traditionally shaped little cookies with a crisp bite and powdery melt-in-the-mouth texture. Aromatic and tasty with the definitive flavours of tapioca, pandan and coconut.

Open-Faced Pineapple Jam Tarts- $28 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

Almond London- $28 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 Beehive Cookies)- $15 per tub of 15 pcs
Large and pretty honeycomb/rosette shaped crunchies, deep-fried until satisfyingly crisp
from a batter of coconut milk and rice flour. Fragrant, lightly sweet, very addictive.

Buttery Coconut Cornflake Crunchies- $15 per tub of 25 pcs
A version of the family favourite Mum taught me growing up! :) A crunchy and
fragrant blend of dessicated coconut and crushed cornflakes
with the added bite of 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.

Bakkwa/Rougan (Chinese Dried Pork Jerky)- sold by weight, $39/lb
Free of the colouring and preservatives usually present in mass-produced versions, 
this delicious favourite of Malaysians (also known in Cantonese as "yoke gon" or "long yoke") is home-marinated
 and grilled until the perfect sticky-sweet-salty flavour and texture is achieved. 
A Chinese New Year staple!

Fresh Prosperity Yee Sang/Yu Sheng (Chinese New Year Raw Fish Salad)
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.
*Please contact for pricing details. 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!