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Interesting Food Facts about Chinese Almond Cookies
- In Mandarin Chinese, these are more literally called “Almond Cakes.”
- The Chinese Almond Cookie is native to southern and southeast China.
- There is no record of these cookies before the 1900’s.
- The Chinese commonly prepared Almond milk and Almond tea.
- An American variation exists using pecans.
Typical to southern and southeastern China, these almond cookies are usually enjoyed around Chinese New Year, and are given as gifts to family and friends.
In some Chinese restaurants, they are served to cleanse the palate after several courses, rather than being regarded as a dessert.
Yuan-Shan Chi declared these cookies “as Chinese as blueberry pie.”
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I ALWAYS USE TO ORDER THESE IN A CHINESE RESTAURANT, WHEN I LIVED UP NORTH. I EVEN HAVE A RECIPE TO MAKE THEM AT HOME, BUT HAVEN’T DONE SO IN AWHILE.