Charcoal Egg Rolls, Charcoal cookies among the usual CNY goodies
While shopping for Chinese New Year goodies recently, I noticed quite a number of new food products that contain charcoal.
These days, the trend in Singapore is to add charcoal to food. It's edible powdered bamboo charcoal, said to absorb impurities.
Bamboo charcoal salted egg bun
Charcoal Kueh Lapis (Indonesian layered cake)
I have tried some of these snacks, they taste the same as the normal ones. Price wise, these charcoal goodies are more expensive.
The sales promoters tried to market them as auspicious food. They are "black gold" which symbolizes wealth.
The elders probably would be horrified to see these black stuff being served to guests during Chinese New Year :)