Before I start helping, I reminded Yipo of this small fact - My skill is super amateur. She assured me that there is no problem.
I started by helping her to rub oil on the cut-up banana leaves and pandan leaves. Then I moved on to help with ... making little balls of green bean fillings... arranging freshly stamped Ang Ku Kuehs on the table... Rubbing cooking oil on the hot steaming Ang Ku Kuehs... Cutting the Ang Ku Kuehs' banana leaf base to nice round shapes... Putting Ang Ku Kuehs into the steamer.
Yipo was right. I wasn't a disaster. I actually can help. Hehe...
Yipo not only made Ang Ku Kuehs in the traditional shape but also in the form of baby mandarin oranges. A lot of work is put into these little delightful and mouthful mandarin oranges. So much work and so easy to eat them all. Due to the amount of work involved, Yipo doesn't make these babies often. It is only for super special occasion. So, don't bother to ask her to make them.
Then, we also made the old money-shaped Ang Ku Kuehs. It made in the same way as the normal Ang Ku Kuehs - also using the mold. The baby mandarin oranges is totally molded using hands, not using mold. By the way, all the materials are actually the same for the traditional Ang Ku Kuehs, the old money-style Ang Ku Kuehs and the baby mandarins.
It was a great experience. Aunty Leng said that it will takes 50 years of experience to reach Yipo's level. So... If I want to be as good as Yipo, I think I have a better chance of dying first. Haha... And, I have a new love for Ang Ku Kuehs. Yum yum~
p/s: I only had one piece of the old money-shaped Ang Ku Kueh from this whole experience. The rest I didn't have the chance to taste. :p