Kuih Kapit is also known as Love Letters Biscuit. It is a popular snack made during festive season especially in Singapore and Malaysia. A similar waffle-like biscuit made using the same technique can be found in many parts of Southeast Asia.
The thin waffle made with mainly rice flour gives a very fragile and crisp texture. The combination of fragrance and flavour of coconut milk, egg and caramelized sugar are just so perfect that makes the taste so unique and delicious with just one bite.
These traditional Kuih Kapit is made by heating batter, clasp in between iron mold and heated over charcoal stove. The new recipe using electric Kuih Kapit maker is much more convenient and less complicated compared to the traditional method.
Here are a few tips to make your very own Kuih Kapit:
- Reduce the amount of water from 200g to 150g if you prefer a more thicker biscuit. The texture will be slightly harder.
- Biscuit must be shaped while it’s still hot. Please wear gloves for heat protection.
- Kuih Kapit is traditionally shaped into roll-shape or folded into quarter.
- This recipe yields about 80 biscuits with a 4-inch diameter mold.
How does this food fit into your daily goals?
One piece of Kuih Kapit weighs about 5 grams and has a total of about 17 calories.
Activities Needed to Burn: 17 calories
2 Minutes of Cycling
1 Minute of Running
6 Minutes of Cleaning
Here’s the original ingredients:
- 100g rice flour
- 50g all-purpose wheat flour
- 150g egg (about 3 x 55g-60g egg)
- 150g thick coconut milk
- 200g water
- 150g fine granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
Alternatively, you can opt for a healthier version of ingredients to substitute with the original ones.
- Sorghum flour
It is similar to rice flour but has higher nutritional factor, has a neutral taste, inexpensive and works well with all recipes.
- White flour
You can substitute whole-wheat flour equally for white flour, but keep in mind that it has a heavier consistency. It might be great for hearty breads and muffins, but it’s not the best choice for cakes and other light pastries.
- Egg substitution
- Thick coconut milk substitution
1. Coconut water
Coconut water will only provide a mild coconutty taste. It will be an excellent coconut milk alternative when coupled with heavy cream. It will not only reduce, thicken and emulsify but is also a better source of electrolytes than coconut milk.
2. Coconut flakes
You can create your own coconut milk by using 1/4 unsweetened coconut flakes. Simply boil 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of coconut flakes for 5 minutes. Then pour the mixture into a blender and blitz until it comes together. Strain if required.
3. Evaporated milk
Evaporated milk is made by heating regular milk to remove more than half of its water content. This gives it a subtle caramelised flavour and a slightly thicker consistency. To give the same tropical taste however, try mixing a few drops of coconut essence to one cup of evaporated milk and stir well.
4. Silken tofu
Silken tofu is a great substitute if you’re conscious about weight issues. It is lower in both calories and fat compared to coconut milk and can be blended into purees. Due to its flavourless, it can be well disguised in dishes with other strong flavours such as chocolate or fruit-based desserts.
5. Nut milk
The healthy fat content in macadamias, cashews and almonds mean that they can be frothed up without splitting, just like coconut milk. And nut milks are less likely to be loaded with sugar too.
6. Cashew cream
Cashew cream is an exceptionally versatile ingredient and very much alike to coconut milk. It adds a velvety finish to desserts and sauces. You can simply soak a cup of unsalted cashews overnight and then blitz them with a little water or dairy-free milk in a blender.
7. Greek yoghurt
In terms of consistency and overall health benefits, yoghurt is an excellent choice to substitute with coconut milk, especially when mixed with a little water. It provides a similar richness and is packed with probiotics, but contains fewer calories and less saturated fats.
- Fine granulated sugar alternative substitution
- Lemon juice
Lemon juice is not only a substitute for dieters either if it’s for a salad dressing. Lemon juice adds a bright taste that is capable of replacing salt. It is the number 1 culprit of bloat and water retention besides being a major contributor to high blood pressure in most of foods.
Kuih Kapit (love letters) is something synonymous with the Chinese community in the past. However, with Malaysia being a melting pot of various cultures, Kuih Kapit can now be enjoyed during most festive seasons, including Hari Raya. Nowadays Kuih Kapit is offered in a variety of flavours including chicken serunding and durian apart from the usual chocolate, original, peanut butter, Nutella, pandan and chocki-chocki flavours.