That is the title of the book written in English by Singaporean author, Shaik Kadir. A book I enjoyed reading tremendously when I was a teenager and I read it countless of times. Yes, it was that good! A vivid account of kampung (village) life in Singapore, particularly around the Geylang Serai area. And I love the title too because of the beautiful picture it painted. Kites, in the evening sky. How lovely.
And while we are on the subject of kites, here is one of Eid goodies which is slowly fading through time, Kuih Layang-Layang Kite Cookies. I don’t know why it is called. There are no stories or “legends” on how it got its name. Weird huh!
It is basically a dough that is rolled out thin. Then roll it into a long shape and cut thinly through the cross-section on the diagonal. The little pieces are fried in oil and then coat in a sugar syrup and let it cool until the sugar sticks to the dough. Some people made it the easy way by using spring roll skin. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. This one was made from scratch. Wow!