Emping Crackers

It’s my first blog entry for the new year, and we are already approaching Chinese New Year!! For those who are unaware, Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year but usually anywhere from mid-January to mid-February. I definitely miss celebrating Chinese New Year in Asia. I miss visiting my relatives and miss all the yummy CNY goodies. And you know what I miss most of all…?? RED PACKETS!!! πŸ˜€

Emping is a shrimp-based Indonesian cracker made with Melinjo nuts. Apparently I share the same appreciation of this snack with OBAMA, who praised it as “enak” (delicious). I loved the combination of its subtle sweetness with the savoury shrimpy taste. So delicious. I could probably finish a whole packet by myself in a day! Although that might not be such a great idea.

Emping Crackers

I do realize though that it might come off somewhat as an acquired taste. Some of my friends who are native to Vancouver would prefer the more generic shrimp crackers to Emping.

This is the more widely known shrimp cracker, Krupuk, which can also be considered the “parent cracker” of Emping

Krupuk aka Kerupuk

Making Emping or Kerupuk is so simple! Pour approximately 1 cup of vegetable / canola oil into your frying pan with medium heat temperature and start frying the chips one by one.

Ta-daaaah!

I later found this recipe for Emping Cookies from DG. It was absolutely delicious! I loved it and my cousin (who is Indonesian) loved it too! I wish I doubled the recipe because I literally could finish it all by myself! Brad (native Vancouverite) didn’t agree too much with my cousin and I though. He thought they were just alright. I guess I could attribute this to him not being accustomed to the taste of emping. Either way, if you do love the taste of emping, or have it handy, I would suggest you give the Emping Cookies a try! They are pretty easy to manage after all!

Emping Cookies

Ingredients

6 tbsp butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

3/4 cup flour

1 yolk

1/2 cup crushed Emping

Preheat oven at 3750
– Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
– Add egg yolk, mix well.
– Add flour and salt, mix well.
– Add melinjo crackers, mix well.
– Make into small balls and press the top with fork.
– Arrange on a greased tray and glaze the surface with egg yolk
– Bake for about 20 minutes.
– Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Ta-daaah!! That’s it…. That was so easy and soooo delicious! Hope you guys loved it too!

 

Here’s to the first Chinese New Year Cookie. Many more to come…. πŸ™‚

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