When I was in my teens and early adulthood, every year without fail, we will make kuih kapit aka love letters for Chinese New Year. Somehow when the kids came along and we got busier and busier with other commitments, we stopped making this the last few years.
Few weeks ago, mum casually asked if we wanted to make kuih kapit this year, so elder sis and I jumped at the suggestion, for memories’ sake J And so, we embarked on this last Sunday. We started firing up the stove, which was fabricated 15-20 years ago, at about 10.30am.
Mum preparing the canisters for storing kuih kapit
Unfortunately, we had a hard time doing so, possibly because we used old charcoal, and mum had forgotten to sun dry them prior to use. After 1.5 hours of failing to ignite the fire, I decided to drive out to buy some “fresh” charcoal. When I got back 10-15mins later, mum and sis had finally managed to get the charcoal burning and had successfully made several pieces.
Anyway, we worked for about four hours and produced these.
Along the way, some slightly burnt ones went into their tum tum. Mum boiled some herbal tea the next day to ensure the girls don’t get too heaty.