I may be in England currently but I’m dreaming of one day being able to spend the Chinese New Year in China itself, or any other Asian country that celebrates the New Year.
The photos are taken at the Thean Hou Temple, located near to central Kuala Lumpur, where I was able to visit last year. This Chinese temple was so beautiful, decorated every which way with bright red lanterns and so ornately carved and built.
The temple itself is dedicated to the Queen of Heaven and is built atop a hill overlooking the city in the distance, you can easily see why they chose this spot for it.
Probably the most common way we celebrate the Chinese New Year here in England is with fortune cookies, so here I have made two types, one, a simple vanilla and another, a zesty orange, filled with my favourites quotes.
(makes 14 cookies)
- 2 egg whites only
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 50ml sunflower oil
- 100g plain flour
- 2 tsp cornflour
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 orange, finely grated zest
- Begin by whisking the eggs till frothy and then add in the oil, vanilla extract and 2 tsp of water, whisk until all combined.
- Add in the sugar and cornflour and continue to whisk, lastly sieve in the flour and whisk further until smooth.
- Divide the mixture into two parts, add the orange zest to one and mix further, let them chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Line a tray with baking paper and place two spoonfuls of mixture far apart, smooth out into a circle approximately 7cm in diameter.
- Bake two trays at a time, at 180oC for 10 minutes.
- Working quickly once out of the oven, shape by adding a fortune to the cookie, folding in half and then using the edge of a cup, bend down so as to form the shape, leave to cool in a muffin pan so they don’t loose their shape.
Happy Chinese New Year to you all!