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The Making Of Kuih Kapit aka Love Letter


From my weekend plans I managed to make kuih kapit, cleaned, polished and vacuumed my car, washed Chester’s cloth and toys and watched MU vs Liv match. Wohoooo! 3 pats on my back.

Now to my main agenda; The Making Of Kuih Kapit aka Love Letter. The love letter recipe was provided by my dear grandma. We started to prepare the batter at about 11am on Saturday morning.

I only explain how to make the batter as I guess the rest of the procedures are quite simple. All you need is the love letter mould. We bought 4 moulds at RM5 each recently.

Love Letter Batter:

First, add water to the grated old coconut (we bought 4 old coconuts coz the shop don’t want to sell 3½; why need old coconut? old coconut are more oily).


Then, pressed the grated old coconut into a bowl. That’s the first batch of coconut milk aka santan. You will need that ‘thing’ that my sister was holding in the picture below. Repeat by adding water again to the coconut. Make 3 batches of coconut milk with the first batch containing the thickest coconut milk and so forth.


Next sift plain flour (600g) and rice flour (3 spoonfuls) into a bowl. Add in granulated sugar (600g) into the bowl as well. Slowly stir while adding 4 eggs (egg yolk only) + 8 eggs ~ well beaten. After that add in the first batch of coconut milk and stir slowly with “HAND!!!” until well blended.

My sis and grandma asked me twice whether I can cope with the stiring as we need to stir for quite some time. FYI, I’m known as a lazy bone at home.


-the end of batter making-

At around 4pm, I started the charcoal burning in less than 5 minutes (hehehehe) by using dried leaves, candle and used joss-sticks (stick only).


Left pict: Here’s our little project: making kuih kapit. Sis is sitting on the left doing the pouring of the batter into the kuih kapit mould and checking whether the kuih kapit is done (doing 2 jobs as I was taking the pict). Grandma who is sitting on the right is in-charged of folding the SUPER HOT love letter in a fan shape. Everyone of us changed our job function occasionally.

Right pict: Poor Chester can only smell and watch from afar. Kekekeke. Eventually we gave him some ‘mess up’ love letter. Mess up mean folding the love letter too slow until we cannot fold it into a fan shape because it cools down already.

My grandma was smiling when I was taking her photo. You know why grandma smile? Because she was nagging at me. Every time I said ‘hold on grandma, I wanna take photo, ‘grandma said ‘aiyooo why wanna take photo’.


Taaa Daaaa!!! The end product. Nice ar? Sorry the pict is quite blur and I’m too lazy to take another picture. I’m a bit dismay as most of the love letters look horrendous (like Simon Cowell say). Horrendous in a few ways. 😛 Anyway, we managed to fill all the love letters into 1 big empty Fernleaf tin. The good news is it taste wonderful.

At one point I was asking my sis… (the batter nearly finish)
me: sis, are you done? let’s stop now.

sis: hey I just had a deja vu.

me: what? that I told you to stop and you stop and we all clean up?

sis: no. that you told me to stop but I said I wanna go on until the batter is finish.

me: so you wanna stop now?

sis: no. i wanna go on.

me *in my mind*: shit!

We finished our batter nearly reaching the 11 hour mark. Fhewwwwww! Umphhh actually we didn’t finished all the batter. There were some left (about HALF cup full). Alas sis didn’t managed to make her 1 last love letter as the charcoal had cooled down. huhuhuhu…

Lessons of the day:

1. Pick/buy more comfortable stools as 3 butts ended up pain till the ass.

2. Wear gloves as all our hands were red and battered.

3. Always make 1 round of batter is enough like this time (just for ourself). Many years ago we make 3 round of batters for ourself and cousins. We didn’t sleep that night.

p/s: 600g = 1kati

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29 Comments

  • Reply Mei January 24, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    One tip I would like to share – dunno if it’ll work for you as it did for me – after umpteen years of practice, long nails always come in handy be it folding or peeling those little buggers off.

    Btw, how come some are a bit tad too white eh??? ^_~

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 24, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    Mei, thanks for the tip. I shall keep that in mind. We used knife to fold and peel the love letter.

    Hehehe yeah some a bit too white, some too dark…:D

  • Reply Mei January 24, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    Ohyeah…don’t give Chester too much kueh kapit. The last time my grandaunt did that, her doggie died. ~_~

    AIYA…now I feel like making kueh kapit leh. =.=

  • Reply Beer Brat January 24, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Hmmm….. one of my fav CNY food.. kuih kapit … yum yum…..

    Fly in some for me……pls.

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 24, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    Mei, ohmygod really??? I wonder what ingredient that causes this. sorry to hear that. 🙁

    Make lah…still got alot of time.

    Beer Brat, aiyo malulah. My kuih kapit won’t be parading in the cookie jar coz too horrible looking. Kekekeke

  • Reply Jeremy C January 24, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    yum yum, looks yummy! and chester looks sooooooo cutie-pie in that photo, LOL.

    btw, yeah 3 pats on your back for an eventful weekend 😛

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 24, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Jeremy C, Thank you. Chester was growling all the way…telling us to feed him. Kekekekeke

  • Reply Wu Ching January 24, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    i want some love letters too! 🙂

  • Reply jellyfish January 24, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    i like kuih kapit too… its just yummy 🙂
    CNY is just around the corner
    hehehe….

  • Reply dreamcatcher January 24, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    awwwwwww, all the while i thought collecting dust inside the car is one of your unique acquired hobby! 😛 …

    haiyoooo… i’m gonna have hand nightmares. why didnt you use a spoon or a ladle or whate’er instead of ur hands?!! i’m filled with agitation now! MOST SINCERELY n TRULY HOPE u washed ur hands well.. urghhh! 😛 any chance someone else stirred instead of u?? heh!heh!

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 24, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Wu Ching, I will send to you via FedEx…just for u 😉

    Jellyfish, Yum-yum…I guess it’s everyone’s fav cookies.

    Dreamcatcher, can only use hand because while stirring the batter we had to ‘picit’ the flour. And NOPE only my right hand. But you don’t have to worry coz tak halal I guess. The bowl we used NG la. No new bowl. 😀

  • Reply 9T9 January 25, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Whoa, your grandma goes online nowadays huh 😉 glamour you.

    Poor Chester, he always gets the reject one… Erm, not advisable right, remember with his prob tht day.

    Che-cheh, if all this halal can we pre order it for hari raya hehehehe. Anyway practice make perfect right huhuhu.

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 25, 2006 at 7:33 am

    9T9, Kekekeke

    Don’t bother about my love letter. Like I tell u, it doesn’t look nice.

  • Reply dreamcatcher January 25, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    bugger u!!!! x 3… temptin’ my interest towards that kuih n now ur tellin’ they’re ng?! apalaa…. 😛

    anyway, making k.kapit is very time consuming, no?! 12 hrs… that’s a very long time! :]

  • Reply Yvy January 25, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    ooooooooooo!! my fav!!!

    i used to help my ah ma make it too. but now she’s too old liow – dont think she’s making any this year. damn, burnt my fingers n all when i help her out. i was th ‘folder’. 😛

  • Reply narrowband January 25, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    They’re delicious!! My grandma used to make them too, and I helped out no more than 5 times. Mainly helped with ‘folding’ the hot pieces of kuih kapit, before they became too cold and hardened up. Poor my skin.. Really took a lil getting used to. I remember I watched my grandma folded those hot kuih kapit with great admiration…!

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 26, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Dreamcatcher, did I tempt u ?
    umphh not exactly 12hrs…we did stop for awhile after the batter making and baking.

    Yvy, yeah! I like to be the ‘folder’ too.

    Narrowband, Hahahaha. My grandma was ‘oohhh ahhhing’ when she folds the kuih kapit. LOL

  • Reply 9T9 January 27, 2006 at 12:48 am

    Beside to fold it… maybe you can also roll it just like a cigar. You can try it nxt year.

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 27, 2006 at 7:23 am

    9Y9, ohh yeah. Good Idea!

  • Reply hoo choon lye October 13, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    Please tell me from where did you buy the kuih kapit moulds. I would like to get some for myself. Thanks.

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 13, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Hoo Chon Lye, hello there. I bought mine at a shop near my house. You can go to Giant/Tesco/Carrefour (forget which one is selling) or search for shop that sells plastic and plates or baking supplies shop. Most probably they will sell kuih kapit moulds too. Hope this help. 🙂

  • Reply Yung December 29, 2006 at 6:51 am

    OK, I have to ask ‘cos I’m desperate. Any idea where or how I can get kuih kapit mould here in the US?? It’s been way too long since I’ve had kuih kapit and I’m dying for some.

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 29, 2006 at 7:50 am

    Yung, hello! I’m sorry I’m unable to help you as I’m not from the States. But I can give you some suggestion. You can try out those shop at Chinatown selling cake/bakery supplies or those shops that sell kitchenware. 🙂

  • Reply Lily January 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Pls help me to ask yr grandma, why when my mum bake the kuih kapit, it turns out harden very fast until we could’t manage to fold. thank you.

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 30, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    Lily, my grandma said maybe your mom put too many egg whites. Maybe only…Not too sure ya.

  • Reply Di January 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    You’re hilarious ! Going to try this recipe soon 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Di, haha
      Enjoy your kuih kapit making!

  • Reply Sally Ong January 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I love dogs. Chester is beautiful!

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Sally, thank you. 🙂

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