Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Banh Men (Yeast Cookies)

Chinese New Year is coming up and it seem like a lot of people make these cookies for new year. Of course you can buy these at the supermarket and save all the work...but it's pleasing to know how to make them. I learn that these are also called Kuih Bangkit, which is a Malaysian cookies. Vietnamese called these cookies Banh Men, Yeast Cookies. But there is no yeast being used...don't know why.:) The main ingredients for these cookies are tapioca starch, coconut milk, sugar, and egg yolk. Got to make it right or the cookies will not give you the melt in your mouth feeling. You can find the recipe at Little Corner of Mine or Lily's Wai Sek Hong blog. My first batch was more successful as I got the dough nice and smooth so the cookies came out looking better. The second batch have cracked surface because the dough is drying up and harder to flatten. Also, I boiled the coconut milk with pandan leaves to get the pandan smell. I'm going to try making the durian flavor next time. :)


lilyng said...


good job

ch3rri said...

Thanks. I'll post when I make the durian kind. Mmmm...still enjoying them now. So crisp and light...totally melt in your mouth.

FlavorBlvd said...

Your cookies look so nice! I wonder if they can have chocolate flavor too?
I just linked to your post.
Thank you. :-)

Anonymous said...

they are called yeast because the common shape of the cookie is about the shape and size of a yeast ball.