I don’t like kuih bangkit. So, I don’t even know why I got myself into baking kuih bangkit in the first place. Maybe it is because I want to recapture the childhood memories when my mother and neighbour got together to bake kuih bangkit, kuih kapit, kuih pulu (bahulu) and bee hive cakes (pang siew kueh) and that evil thnee kueh or nien gao. My mother usually joint force with my neighbour and I think it is a good idea to mass produce Chinese New Year cakes.
Of all the traditional Chinese New Year cookies, I think kuih bangkit is the easiest to make. Or so I thought. I got a few versions of recipes and I decided to go with Amy Beh’s version which you can find on the net.
I fry 1 kilogramme of tapioca flour. Lucky it is mighty cheap, at only RM2.20 per kilogram so I can afford to have it fly all over my kitchen, floor, body and even face. Hehehe. I fried the flour with pandan leaves so that the tapioca smell disappears and the flour absorb the pandan leaves fragance.
I followed Amy Beh recipe for kuih bangkit to the T. I weight them, I re-read the recipe and I am very, very sure I did not make any errors on my side.
However, I got this messy batter instead of a pliable dough after I mixed all the ingredients. Arrggh…..so, I have to keep adding tapioca flour and icing sugar. I ended up with a huge blob of dough.
I bought a kuih bangkit wooden mould. One is suppose to put some dough inside, and give it a good whack to get those tiny animals shape kuih bangkit. However, it was so time consuming and I was getting exasperated by the minute because the darn dough refused to drop out. If I add too much flour to the mould, the designs won’t show.
But I have two men at home. One is my eldest son who has the practical idea of using a cookie cutter. The other is the husband who claimed to be an expert in kneading kuih bangkit till ‘it melts in the mouth’. They both told me to forget the wooden mould and use gingerbread man cookie cutter.
‘WHAT? GINGERBREAD MAN BANGKIT? WHOEVER HEARD OF GINGERBREAD MAN FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR?’
Well, I got no choice, do I? Otherwise, I would be sitting for hours whacking the tiny animals.
So, here are the gingerbread man bangkit. It tastes not bad. But here are some of my critics response :
Youngest son : Uwekk….I hate it! So much flour.
#3 son : Not bad but it is not original. (like the Boro Boro sold by the junk foods seller)
#2 son : No comment but he certainly won’t be asking me to bake more.
#1 son : Smells of tapioca….. we adjusted the dough with more icing sugar and santan and #1 son said it tastes good. (he took a few pieces for his friends to sample).
Hubby : Not bad, not bad at all. But not as good as my father’s one.
Therefore, I won’t be sharing any kuih bangkit recipe with you. You can find them online. When I meet my sister-in-law, let me see if they can still remember my father-in-law’s method of baking kuih bangkit.
This will be the first and last time I bake kuih bangkit. And I am beginning to wonder if Amy Beh bluffed me with the quantities.