Happy Chinese New Year, friends! This is the first year that I am officially celebrating Chinese New Year on my blog, and I made a treat for you namely Gok Jai. It’s popularly referred to as a peanut puff, I’m guessing due to its gorgeous puffy texture and peanut filling. Now, while I can’t guarantee the extreme tradition of these recipe has been kept (due to the fact that I ended up making my own recipe since the “traditional” ones I found online were messy), this still keeps the same essence and filling of the traditional cookies. Crunchy and delicious, I think the filling did it for me! My family has successfully finished them off, so I guess we celebrated early!
I’ve always loved trying treats from a new culture (which happens every time I try an American treat when you think of it) not only because it’s new but I absolutely love learning about new cultures and experiences. Travelling is when I’m most at peace, even more than baking, and I feel as if I just want to be a part of this new culture. When I was in Russia last year, I got so excited I learned the entire alphabet and I was able to read a few signs and understand them, and speak some (basic) phrases. I even left with a new Russian friend who I still talk to. Making these last night made me feel as if I had travelled to China to celebrate Chinese New Year and Gok Jai with them last night! It’s quiet an experience.
But I’m not celebrating this alone! I teamed up with three of my blogger friends and we are all celebrating Chinese New Year together. Both Lauren from Hall Nesting and Jessica and Johnny from The Blueberry Bison created some delicious dishes:
Lauren from Hall Nesting made Fried Rice, a perfect staple of course for this celebration!
I do hope you enjoy this holiday and Happy Chinese New Year!
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