Remember how we used to go to our relatives’ houses and see those little containers or jars filled with various colorful kuih raya on the table? Then we kept eyeing it hoping secretly someone would tell us we could try it. Moments later, our mum or aunt notices how badly we want it (hahaha) and finally tells us that we can have it – and that’s when we get so excited and start gobbling!
Other than the joy of being with the people we love during Raya, the food is what makes us so hyped too! Because nothing beats homemade kuih raya.
You might know some of these but you may have not actually known what they were called before. So let’s take a trip down memory late and check out the Ultimate Raya Kuih Guide!
1. Pineapple tarts
THE CLASSIC! Most of us have seen these pineapple tarts. It is a soft buttery tart with a little bit of texture and is wrapped around some juicy pineapple jam filling.
Another version is called the open pineapple tart. (because it’s open you see haha) This one has a tart base that looks like a pretty flower then the pineapple filling is placed on top.
This one is similar to the open pineapple tart but has an added pattern on top of the pineapple filling. It looks very homely. Like mini pie to me actually lol.
This is known as the Semperit Klasik. It is so soft and buttery. It usually has either colorful or chocolate sprinkles on top. Weeee sprinkles!
The other version is called the Semperit Dahlia. It is shaped like the yes you guessed it – Dahlia flower and has a cute little cherry on top.
This colorful Semperit Dahlia with chocolate chip on top has been a trend too! It’s so pretty and is loved by kids!
3. Almond London or London Almond?
Honestly don’t know if it is Almond London or London Almond, but that’s not what matters most, what matters is that IT TASTE SO AWESOME. This is almost everyone’s favourite. It has a whole almond coated with chocolate and topped with chopped nuts on top!
Some have while chocolate drizzle on top instead of chopped nuts.
You can find people decorating sometimes differently like this too. I must say that gives it a really romantic kind of look. Next Valentine idea perhaps?
4. Kuih Kapit / Love Letters
You can see this quite often too! It is also known as Love Letters because of how it is so thin like a letter and sweet like love letters hahahaha! It has beautiful patterns on it.
This version is also famous. The rolled Love Letters..
This is so insta-worthy! It has beautiful pastel colors. I’m impressed!
5. Biskut Suji / Semolina Cookies
I personally know a few people who are crazy over this! This smol cute cookie melts right in the mouth. You can find either red or green little cherries on top usually.
Some semolina cookies don’t have the cherry on top but still taste just as good.
6. Honey Cornflakes
This is super simple to make! The main ingredients are honey and cornflakes then you throw in some butter and sugar for added flavor.
Some variations include colorful sprinkles like this!
And these also some with almond flakes yum! Adds a nice flavor to each bite!
7. Cornflakes Cookies
This cookie is also made with cornflakes but it has more buttery flavor. Think of it like cornflake butter bombs hehe!
This variant is made by adding raisins.
8. Sarang Semut
The Sarang Semut or also known as Ant’s Nest Cookies is called as such because it crumbles as you take a bite. It is filled with rainbow and chocolate sprinkles.
Some only have chocolate sprinkles. You can customize it as you please.
9. Biskut Gajus / Cashew Nut Cookie
Oh man I love this too! The milky flavor of the cookie that is brushed with egg yolk and then topped with a crunchy whole cashew – once you start eating, you won’t be able to stop.
You can see them in other shapes like this heart-shaped one too! It’s so adorable.
10. Kuih Bangkit
A gluten-free cookie that crumbles beautifully. It is light and airy and has a rich and creamy coconut taste.
You can usually see the traditional designs have such intricate details. Then a little bit of red food coloring is added according to the design, for example if it was a rabbit shaped cookie, then the red coloring is added as the eye of the rabbit.
Some have more modern looking designs like this minimalist flower design.
11. Biskut Kacang Peas / Green Pea Biscuits
Oh I love how this crunchy green cookies taste! It’s like eating that Miaow Miaow brand ‘green pea snack’ we used to have when we were young, but this is in the form of a cookie!
Some are added with a thin almond flake for more texture and taste.
You can also spot the pretty flower shaped ones at times!
12. Lidah Kucing
Another popular one amongst the kids! Lidah Kucing directly translates to cat tongue, (WUT!) hahaha but don’t worry – it’s not actually made of that! It is just called that because of the rough texture on the surface and shape of the cookie that looks like a cat’s tongue.
The colorful football version is also loved a lot by children.
13. Kuih Loyang / Kuih Ros
The is also known as the kuih ros because of its rose-like shape.
You can also add food coloring to make it look more attractive. Pink or red coloring usually is added since it is in context that it is a rose shaped cookie.
Some people have made it with a combination of colors, resulting in something beautiful like above.
There you have it! 13 Kuih Raya and their variations! I’m sure you wanna get some of these now cause I do too hahaha!
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