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Chinese New Year is on Jan 26, 2009. Since we aren’t going back to Malaysia for CNY this year, I really miss all the CNY goodies– pineapple tartlets, kuih bangkit, peanut cookies, green pea cookies, seaweed (nori) crisps, spicy hae bee rolls, pork floss rolls, shrimp/fish chips (keropok), happy joys(conflake crunch) etc… I’ve been trying to make some at home but with 3 young children to take care and only a pair of hand, I can’t get all the goodies made closer to New Year to keep them fresher. I have to phase my time– making a kind or two at a time, but then the goodies are all gone way before CNY:)  I made happy joys the other day and it’s all gone the next day. I made spicy hae bee rolls today and doubt it will last over a week… Maybe I should do what my friend Tina did with christmas cookies– make all the goodies in one day, ALL DAY. Yeah…, that’s what I’m gonna do, probably on the weekend right before CNY. Since I put all the energy and thoughts on new year snacks, not much thinking on the New Year’s Eve Reunion dinner yet… hmmm, what’s sounds good?

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Wish you all a very–

JOYFUL

HEALTHY

PROSPEROUS

SUCCESS

SAFE

2009

Cheers!…

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I was searching for mochi bread recipe and came across  some comments saying it is similar to pao de queijo, which is a brazillian cheese puff — they both are crispy outside and chewy inside. Since I failed making mochi bread on the first attempt so I decided to experiment with pao de queijo with a little twist– using mociko flour instead of traditional tapioca flour, and hoped to get the right texture that I want for mochi bread. Well, here’s the result of my pao de queijo. They are crispy on the outside but I find the interior is not chewy enough… could it be I add another 1/4 cup of water before adding beaten eggs and thus the puff are not “Q” enough? … will keep that in mind next time. Flavor wise it tastes kind of weird to me– I don’t think I like parmesan cheese+mochi combo. My next experiement  is to adjust to right texture and change to some sweet flavor– nutella, chocolate, cream cheese or pandan coconut something like that.

Pao de Queijo (Brazillian Cheese Puff)

Pao de Queijo (Brazillian Cheese Puff)- close up

Pao de Queijo (Brazillian Cheese Puff)

Pao de Queijo (Brazillian Cheese Puff)

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