On the 10th day of CNY, my condo gave to me…

13 Feb

…A dragon dance and a tray of Chinese treats! Who am I kidding, the snacks are just an excuse to upload this video of the acrobatic portion of the dragon dance (it’s a little long, but I couldn’t find a way to edit it):

Since this is a food blog, though, let’s talk about the food. The condo board provided traditional Chinese snacks:

The tangerines symbolize good luck, because the Chinese word for tangerines is a homophone for the word for luck — at least, according to this site. The other snacks are mostly in the crunchy-and-sweet category, including some adorable meringue-like things shaped like bunnies.

These were the tastiest of the bunch: a pineapple “tart,” something people in Hawaii call Chinese pretzels, and a peanut brittle-type sweet. The pineapple tart (basically, an extremely crumbly shortbread cookie filled with pineapple jam) and the peanut brittle were new to me, but the Chinese pretzel is something I remember fondly from my days in the Aloha State. It’s similar in many ways to pizzelle, except that the cookie/pretzel is three-dimensional instead of flat. Also, there are sesame seeds involved.

Hopefully, the remaining days of CNY (the celebrations last for 15 days) will bring more traditional treats…and you’ll see them here if they do!

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2 Responses to “On the 10th day of CNY, my condo gave to me…”

  1. Sarah February 13, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    Hi Rachell! I hope everything is going well in KL and that you are enjoying the CNY.

    I also wanted to let you know that the Chinese pretzels are also really similar to rosettes made in Scandinavian countries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosette_%28pastry%29). The Danish bakeries in Racine would often have them covered in powdered sugar, so good but so bad for you.

    Looking forward to the remaining CNY posts!

    • rgautz February 13, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      Yes, the “put batter on a mold and fry” approach seems to be pretty universal. How are things with the bambino? Is he letting you get any sleep, or is that how you find time to read SOK (when he keeps you up in the wee hours)?

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