So it’s 23 sleeps til Panu and I go to Hong Kong, but um, no one’s really counting are they? I mean I’m not mildly OCD and in desperate need for a vacation am I?? I am. Indeed I am, and shut up to all of you who say I travel too much.

This trip to Hong Kong is going to be especially awesome because we’re going for my cousin’s wedding (read: big. Chinese. banquet. WIN!) and I get to see my parents who I haven’t seen in over a year. Plus of course there’s food. And food. And markets. And shopping. And food.

But there’s one thing I’m afraid of when I hit the shores of Hong Kong and fall into this enormous family do: my unavoidable fatness.

Because in my family, I have a squillion cousins (I’m not even really exaggerating here, I do have over 100 first cousins), many of them female, around my age, and gorgeous and thin, and I’m quite sure that this is the case because none of them are even a fraction as obsessed about filling their food hole as I am.

And while I know I’m not actually fat, some things are relative and when photographed next to my stick thin cousins, trust me, I’ll be “the chubby one”.

Big sigh.

So what am I going to do about being the chubby one? Well, damned if I’m going to go on a diet. If you ask me, life’s too short and I’ll diet when I’m my teeth have fallen out.

Instead, last week found me at Marks & Spencers buying one of those tummy flattening, ass reducing sculptor things, which will supposedly hold my tummy in while I eat up a storm at the wedding. Never mind that the “sculptor thing” is actually elastic and will probably stretch with my food-filled stomach, as long as I look good at the start of the night, when the majority of photos are taken, that’s all that matters.

By the way, it also occurred to me that maybe I don’t have to wear such a slinky-tight pencil dress, or eat all of these butter cookies. Honestly though? Vanity is everything, but eating is more fun.

This recipe is adapted from Pig Pig’s Corner, except hers are like way prettier than mine.

ps. if you’re looking to buy matcha, try your local Chinese or Japanese grocer, or check out teapigs.

matcha butter cookies (or plain ones!)
200 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
50 grams icing sugar
150 grams plain flour
50 grams corn flour
1/2 teaspooon vanilla extract
1/4 Tablespoon matcha powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/355°F.
  2. Beat butter and icing sugar together until creamy.
  3. Sift in flour and corn flour, and add vanilla extract. Mix well until dough is formed.
  4. At this point, I separated the dough into two batches and added the matcha powder to one batch. If you’re only making matcha ones, amend the matcha powder amount to suit.
  5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  6. Using your hands, make little balls and lay on tray about 3-4 cms apart.
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the sides are slightly brown. Remove the entire sheet from baking tray and transfer to wire rack to cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
Pig Pig’s Corner’s recipe made 50, but I think mine are  a little huge, I managed to get 30 cookies.

25 Thoughts on “matcha & plain butter cookies: because vanity is everything, but eating is more fun.

  1. You won’t diet if your teeth fall out because as I discovered when I had orthodontic braces fitted, chips and chocolate are the two easiest things to eat.

  2. Oops how rude of me, I forgot to say how nice these sunny little cookies looked.

    • Oh NOOO you’re kidding me! Well, I guess even if I was gummy, I would be eating ice cream and custard 😉 And thanks haha your second comment made me laugh!

  3. You’re absolutely right. Life is too short. Eating is WAY too much fun.

    So now go eat those pretty matcha cookies. And if you don’t, I will.

  4. Yinnie on March 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm said:

    pft I’d pick food anyday.
    Its a vacation-do whatever you want. Whenever i go HK, I always end up have at least 7 meals a day plus snacks. =) Eating commences at 5am. =)

  5. During our holiday in Manila this past December, I plumped up overnight – I mean, one day my pants fit and the next day, they didn’t. But I couldn’t have been happier: I was surrounded by my family, enjoying laughter and great food. Plenty of time for austerity when you get back home.

    As for these cookies, I’ve found matcha powder here (yay!), so I’m ready for some matcha madness!

  6. aforkful: Eating is WAY too much fun indeed and I’ve eaten most of those cookies already 😉

    Yinnie: I know right, from breakfast to supper with about five meals in between! LOL! Luckily the wedding is only two days into the trip not at the end of the trip!

    Tangled Noodle: Hooray for finding matcha over there! Now you can also make matcha goodies 🙂 And yes, there’s no time like family get togethers to eat to our hearts content x

  7. hehe you are too funny! And yes life’s too short to not eat what you want! 😀

  8. Omg, I know exactly what you mean about the thin Asian girls. While buying knickers in Singapore, I was horrified to be told that I’m a size Large over there! :O So yeah, I hear ya.

  9. Lucky you off to HK! I’m sure you’ll have a great time at the banquet but whenever I go, I look forward to the cheap stuff like congee and noodles of course!

  10. Lorraine: Haha just speaking the truth. Eating is way more fun! 🙂

    Su-Lin: I know, I’m like fricking plus-size in Asia. Dammit.

    Mr Noodles: Me too, fish balls by the roadside covered in salt. Nom nom 😀

  11. Too bad you’re not from the States like myself..then you’d have the reverse problem..when visiting home you’d be the skinny one…anyhow if you find a jasmine tea mooncake when you’re in Hong Kong, toss one in your food hole for me too!

  12. YAY TO HONG KONG. and big Chinese feasts. No one does banquets like we do. 🙂 And these cookies are yum. Anything buttery and matcha-y, so up my street.

  13. Matcha Chocolat: LOL I will sure throw one in my food hole for you, that’s a promise 😉

    diva: Agreed, butter-y matcha-y awesome goodness!

  14. Girl, there is no such thing as too much travel and I feel you on “the chubby one” thing in Asia. I’m not fat (or even chubby!) either but standing next to like, my cousins, in photos, not fun.
    Austria’s awesome, I feel tiny.

  15. I seriously need to try making these cookies, they look so good! You’re fueling my matcha cravings!

    And definitely eat when you’re in HK. Eat now, worry later is what I go by. (And dare I say “trust me, I’m a medic”? Lol.)

  16. Sasa: LOL we need to go to Vegas, we’d be invisible skinny!!

    Su-yin: They are pretty good and what’s even better is the whole apartment smells like butter cookies afterwards! And don’t worry, I don’t need a medic to tell me to eat in HK 😉

  17. Eeek! Can’t wait for you to blog/tweet while in HK!

  18. omg girl…have fun and don’t worry your fab..just fab!!


  19. Marie: ME TOO! ME TOO! 😀

    sweetlife: hehe thanks hon 😉 and don’t worry I will definitely have fun!

  20. Envious. Hongkong! And like you, though I am ok but when I head back to Asia, I always look bigger!

  21. ha, reading this makes me happy i’m not a girl. but have fun on the trip — sounds great. btw, i like the photos of the cookies.

  22. penny: *sigh* I think it’s the curse of us non-Asian Asian chicks. Or maybe we just eat a lot.

    justcooknyc: Haha, I know right? The ordeals of being a member of the fairer gender 😉 Thanks too!!

  23. Yummy-looking cookies honey! And I’m so jealous of you going to Hong Kong, and for a wedding – I bet it’ll be *gorgeous*! Can’t wait to see the pictures. I’m seeing you before that though, right? =) xxx

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