I’m feeling bloody pleased with myself for being able to maintain my [a post a day] schedule all through my Chinese New Year break. It has not been easy, let me tell you. In fact, it has never been easy for me to write blog posts at home in KL, and it is even more so during CNY. Here, let me show you my workstation whenever I’m back home in KL.
Yeah, my work table is the coffee table, and my work chair is the sofa (couch). My laptop is level with my ass when I am seated on the sofa. This is a somewhat uncomfortable setup. In fact, this is terrible ergonomics. If a workstation in the factory I’m working in is set up like this, we would have to stop the line until we fix the problem.
But this is actually a minor problem. Here, let me show you another angle to reveal bigger problems.
How the heck do you expect me to be able to focus on what I am writing with interesting TV documentaries constantly on show, and an unlimited supply of CNY snacks within easy reach? I think this is a case of Lazy Man turns into Super Multitasking Man after drinking some CNY potion that has an effective period of 1 week. I can feel the effect wearing off now…
Speaking of CNY snacks, I think someone told me that I should write a blog post about it. Goodness… Lazy Man is slowly taking over from Super Multitasking Man, so I’m not really feeling like doing a lot of researching with Google at the moment. Maybe I should just write about two that are within my immediate reach and are my all time favorite.
Well, okay… Bee Hive is actually the wrong name, but it is the name most Malaysians (or maybe it is just me) uses to describe this snack, because it is a direct translation from the Cantonese name of this snack. The ones I have here is actually poorly made ones so they are rather deformed, but a properly made Bee Hive snack actually resemble a honeycomb. Home of the honey, not the bees.
I don’t even know if this is a Chinese snack or not. It is probably originally a Malay snack (hence the name). But ever since who-knows-when, this is THE Chinese New Year snack. But you probably won’t hear very many Malaysian Chinese people pronouncing this snack correctly as kuih kapit. I suspect this is due to the snack being introduced to the early Chinese migrants to Malaysia who could not pronounce Malay properly. So, if you hear people say kueh kapet, kueh kapek, or in my grandma’s case kueh tapet, they mean the same thing. They mean this snack.
[For years, I really thought this snack is called kueh tapet, thanks to my grandma. Then I went to college and realized no one knew what I was talking about. Tsk! I suppose I should’ve known better about my grandma’s grossly inaccurate pronunciation of Malay words. Her pronunciation for daging (meat) is langin and she frequently confused the hell out of all the new Indonesian maids (back when we were still able to afford hiring a maid).]
The reason I love these two snacks more than the others is because they are incredibly delicious, and even more incredibly difficult to make. Both these snacks can only be made a few pieces per many minutes, but are usually gobbled up by the tens within seconds. With the Bee Hive, you basically dip the batter to a honeycomb shaped mold, and then deep fry the batter until crispy. The Kuih Kapit is worse, you need to pour the batter into a special round shaped mold, cook it over charcoal fire, and then once the batter is cooked, you need to quickly remove the sheet from the mold and fold it while it is still hot.
Most of the kids of my generation would not prefer to toil with these terribly tedious and difficult tasks. The generation of kids after me, even more so. So they are getting rarer as the years go by…
Also, both these snacks share similar recipe for the batter, and it involves flour and eggs and sugar and some other stuff. Which is why my mom hates that I love these snacks so much. But as much as she hates it, there will always still be a near unlimited supply of them within easy reach throughout CNY. 😀 😀 😀
And I’m done talking about CNY snacks. Maybe next year I will do a better job of introducing more snacks that we have during CNY. Hopefully I will remember to do it by then. 🙄
By the time you are reading this, I should probably be either already on the road, or already safely back in Penang. This also means that this will be my last [CNY 2016] series of posts. I’m doing a scheduled post today because I will be having a dinner shortly after I am expect to arrive in Penang, and I will probably be barely coherent to write anything by the time I get back from dinner.