Chinese Style Cookies Shop – Cookies by Siuy

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Cookies by Siuy first caught my eyes when I was browsing Island East Market (a local food market that promotes local produce and artisanal food) Facebook Page a few weeks ago. I was curious how golgi berries and bitter melon flavored cookies taste like, so I messaged the owner of this online cookie store to get to know more about their products. Cookies by Siuy is the brain child of Christine Siu and her boyfriend Joe. The couple wants to promote healthy snacking by offering cookies made with traditional Chinese ingredients and therefore empower their customers with the knowledge and medical uses of such ingredients.

Christine explains that the Hong Kong market used to have a strong preference towards very buttery cookies, but she believes that there’s a market for people who are health conscious. That’s when Joe and her started brainstorming for an alternative that would fit people who prefer less sugary and buttery cookies. They use as little sugar as possible and mainly relying on the ingredient’s natural flavours and sweetness. Their cookies are also low in butter by substituting some of it with olive oil. Christine also mentions that there’s very little credit given to traditional Chinese ingredients and their uses, so she hopes to introduce them to more people with Siuy.

I stopped by their booth at Island East Market at Quarry Bay last weekend and I got to sample all the different flavors! I’m very impressed by the details Christine and Joe put into their products. For cookies like golgi, longan and dried mandarin peel, the ingredients are dried products so they have to be soaked and toasted before they get mixed into the cookie dough in order to bring out the flavors. Christine and Joe also describe the health properties of each Chinese cookies in both Chinese and English.
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Golgi berries – Improves eye health, aids weight loss, fatigue reduction

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Dried Mandarin Peel/ Chengpi – Reduces cold symptoms, Enhances Digestion
Cookies available as original and chocolate flavor

To my surprise, the most popular flavor is dried mandarin peel. This ingredient is usually known as having a rather strong flavor, so not a lot of people are a huge fan of it. However, Siuy has successfully created a blend that makes dried mandarin peel and cookies into a perfect match! By the time I got to the market, the original chengpi flavored cookies were already sold out, so I only tried the sample and bought a box of the chocolate ones back. This flavor definitely stands out the most among the rest and my family and I absolutely love it!

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Black Sesame: Anismus Prevention, Anti-aging. It’s also well known for keeping one’s hair healthier.

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Bitter melon: Cooling effects, Detoxification, Assists Digestion.

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Lemon: Whitening, antioxidant, enhances immune system

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Longan: Natural anti-depressant, treats insomnia, promotes blood production

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Cookies by Siuy also offers hand drawn gift boxes and caters to different events such as wedding and birthday parties. Minimum order starts from 200 HKD.

You can reach Christine and Joe here:
Facebook: Cookies by Siuy
Email: cookies.by.siuy@gmail.com
Phone & Whatsapp:  +852 6490 2121

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P.S. I’m back to Hong Kong for summer holiday until mid-August, so stay tuned for my foodie ventures back home and my trip to Japan in July!

 

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