Monday, 28 January 2013

Hokkien Ang Ku Kuih

~ Chinese glutenous rice dumpling filled with sweetened Mung bean paste 


This delicious snack is often featured at baby full moon celebrations, about a month after birth.

The tradition goes back thousands of years, where the infant mortality rate was very high. Almost every family will have one or more deceased children. So the Chinese will have a lot more children then since some of them will not make it to adulthood. Hence, it's not hard to see why there are over 1.3 billion Chinese today.

In those days, for any baby to make it to the first month was worthy of a huge celebration where friends and family will gather from near and far to congratulate the fortunate parents and to shower the baby with gifts of gold and silver jewellery. 

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