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What is Kuih Kapit ‘Love Letters’ …?

Kuih Kapit or known as Love letters in English is a Malay traditional wafer snack (kue or kuih) made by clasping egg batter using an iron mould (Waffle iron) which is heated up on a charcoal stove. It is commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

The mould each has two plates that are clasped tightly together and attached to long handles for manipulating over a charcoal stove. The moulds could be plainly flat, corrugated or etched with animal motifs such as fish, roosters and snails that are both auspicious and decorative.

History and Origin

The Kuih Kapit or known as love letters demonstrate the colonial link between the Malaysian and the Netherlands, as it commonly found in most major cities in Indonesia. It is believed to be derived from the Dutch egg roll wafer. The word Belanda, meaning Dutch in Malay, points to the egg rolls’ Dutch origins. The Dutch have a vast biscuit repertoire, which includes thin wafer biscuits similar to Kuih Belanda or Kuih Kapit. Many biscuit and cake techniques were passed to Malays by the Dutch, English, and Portuguese. These biscuits may have been brought to parts of Malaysia and Singapore from Penang, Malacca by the Peranakan Chinese who, not knowing the name of the Dutch snack they had encountered, simply called it Kuih Belanda or Kuih Kapit.

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It’s wafer thin, crispy and sweet. Traditionally baked over hot coals by family members preparing for a celebration,

Kuih Kapit  (fondly known as “love letters” due to it’s folded shape) is an anywhere, anytime snack.  But this is not any ordinary Kuih Kapit – it’s delicately layered with peanut butter to make your love letters last a little bit longer.

It’s a favourite of young and old alike.

What is a Kuih (or Kueh)?

A Colourful Selection Of Malaysian Kuih

Kuih are bite-sized Malaysian snacks or dessert foods. It is a fairly broad term which may include items that would be called cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuits, or pastries in English and are usually made from rice or glutinous rice