Chinese New Year Goodies - Part I
There are many different types of CNY goodies nowadays, especially in Malaysia where the multi-cultural influence means that besides traditional Chinese goodies - Malay, Indian and other sweet treats are also served.
You can't get away from Nian Kao - CNY cake. This is usually not eaten as it is, but is sliced and deepfried with a batter, or just pan-fried. They are really sweet and sticky.
Another must-have for CNY - sweet preserved fruits. Each item has a different auspicious meaning - some will bring peace and harmony, others health, and some - prosperity.
Cookies are more of a Malay influence. There are hundreds of varieties.
Another CNY favourite - Bak Kua, dried sweet pork or chicken slices. These have been vacuum packed for longer storage.