I’m not going to write about love letters (literally), but about cookies or snacks that only appear in Singapore once a year during Chinese New Year (according to the sellers).
Why love letters? Well, according to http://thefestivegoodies.com, the history is like this:
“Centuries ago, a deeply in love couple were separated due to family objections. However, the love between them were so strong they found an opportunity to communicate through writing Love Letters, this letters were fold into triangular shape and hide among the goodies that were supposed to be delivered to relatives. The couple finally manage to meet and left, no one had ever had from them again. This lovely history was since embedded into the goodies we see every year. It was only after that that the shape modernism to rolls and also known as Egg Rolls.”
All I know, these cookies come in 3 flavors, which are original, chocolate, and strawberry. They are made of coconut milk, rice and tapioca flour, sugar and eggs, and molded in to thin batter. When I wanted to but one can of these cookies, the seller told me that they only appear during Chinese New Year, and after that they are gone. So she urged me to buy, which I did with a big smile inside my heart.
They are crispy and sweet, and we all love them.
Other food that appear during Chinese New Year are kueh bangkit, pineapple tarts (we call them “nastar” in Indonesia), prawn roll, many many many mandarin oranges in the market, etc. I like going to supermarket during these days to see all the red color in the food and drink that usually do not appear on daily basis.
The supermarket halls are now getting narrow during this season because they put so many food and drink all along the supermarket halls. Food and drink that will usually disappear after the celebration is over.
This is the first time that I will be celebrating CNY in Singapore, so it will be interesting to see what it’s like. This is a big day for people in Singapore, and most supermarkets, stores, and restaurants will be closed during CNY. People will gather in their family house to have a feast together so it will be quite empty on the streets (just like Hari Raya Idul Fitri) in Jakarta.