"gai jai" cookies from AA bakery SF Chinatown
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.
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.