AS WITH any festive season, the one thing that brings everyone together is food.
Chinese New Year is a time when we can feast on our favourite snacks such as pineapple tarts and kuih kapit.
In this week’s Star Online poll, we asked readers what their top three favourite Chinese New Year snacks were.
Out of 3,208 respondents, 620 (19%) chose kuih kapit (love letters), followed by 583 (18%) who picked pineapple tarts while bak kwa (barbecued meat slices) came in third with 499 votes (15%).
Fried arrowhead chips (ngaku) garnered 432 votes (13%). A total of 357 respondents chose prawn crackers while nian giao (kuih bakul) had 237 votes.
Kuih kapit is aptly named “love letters” because of its rolled up or folded appearance. Although pineapple tarts can be found all year long, they are even more abundant during Chinese New Year.
Bak kwa is an iconic snack among the Chinese community. The salty-sweet barbecued meat slices are usually made of pork but now you can also find chicken bak kwa.
In an earlier report, StarMetro listed the top 10 must-have snacks for Chinese New Year. Other than those cited by our poll participants, others include preserved fruit, kuih bangkit, sunflower seeds or kuaci and dried cuttlefish.
Our Facebook followers shared their reactions to the poll.
“Kuih kapit and pineapple tarts ... because they are both delicious,” said one reader.
“I like bak kwa because it is tasty and brings back fond memories of my grandparents,” said another.
“Bak kwa anytime because the meat tastes sweet.”
Another said she loved cuttlefish because of the sweet and salty taste.