Kuih Ang Koo(Tortoise Shaped Rice Cakes Filled With Sweet Mung Bean)
Ang koo kuih,, is a small round or oval shaped Chinese pastry with soft sticky skin and fillings in the centre. The oval shaped Ang ku kuih, is designed to resemble a tortoise shell. Oval or round, the Ang ku kuih, rests on a square piece of banana leaf.
Ang koo kuih, is usually red in color as suggested by its name literally translated as “red tortoise cake” Despite the color definition in the name, other common colors include yellow, grey, and green. The colors indicate the type of fillings inside the pastry. Traditional filings include bean paste, sesame, pandan and peanut. New flavors like durian have emerged reflecting manufacturer’s continuous innovation to incorporate popular tastes.
Tortoise symbolizes longevity and when the Ang koo kuih is shaped like a tortoise shell, it creates a high symbolic and ritual value.
Stained with a bright red/orange ,this is a sweet prepared on auspicious occasion.It is especially made for celebrations such as birthdays and baby’s full moon.It is also popular as an altar table offering.The bean filled kuih is common to all the Chinese dialect groups,but is especially linked to the hokkiens .They are formed in wooden moulds to resemble the shell of a tortoise(koo) ,the Chinese symbol of longevity and prosperity.Nowadayz the moulds can be bought plastic made and has different type of design.The fillings also varies to suit the taste of the people.