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"gai jai" cookies from AA bakery SF Chinatown

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cyndychow Jun 13, 2009 05:01 PM

I've received several packets of these crunchy/chewy/slightly savory cookies from my mom. She claims they are made with pork lard and some nuts. Does anyone know what they are made with? I don't want the recipe, just curious if I really am scarfing down pork fat with my sugar.

  1. PorkButt Jun 13, 2009 09:01 PM

    I don't know if this will make you feel any better, but these cookies are traditionally made with chicken fat and I've had some that had also had chunks of fat the size of chocolate chips.

    Some bakeries do use vegetable oil instead and their cookies taste fine.

    Try the ones made with red fermented tofu (nam yu), the savory note is more complex.

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      cyndychow Jun 15, 2009 11:41 PM

      Ok, I guess chicken fat sounds slightly more appetizing than pork fat. I'll look for the ones with the nam yu next time I'm down at AA. Thanks!

    2. Melanie Wong Jun 15, 2009 01:28 PM

      What else is good at AA?

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      A A Bakery & Cafe
      1068 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        wolfe Jun 15, 2009 02:35 PM

        Possibly sheet cake.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6274...

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