...or people back home call it pia was one of my family's comfort food. I don't know where the name came from, but I guess it's from pie or flaky pastry that can be seen from its layering skin. There are a lot of famous pia that has its unique character; and since pia attaches to its region, this food is also has nostalgic element either to the individual who made it or to a specific culture. For its cultural value, pia is one of some popular foods used for gift. Pia shop will get so packed on holidays. Pia Kemuning is one example of favorite pia in my city. Dad always asks if they have the over baked ones. Stuffs that don't pass quality assurance are separated, mixed together with the other flavors, and sold with reduced price. Since dad loves everything too brown (he said it is sweeter and tastier), likes the assorted ones, and of course he is pleased with the reduced price, it is a triple bonus for him. Then there's pia Kembang Jepun, Surabaya that my neighbor used to give everytime she got back from that city. The shape is rectangular with crispy crust. I never bought one or even remembered that that pia existed when I lived for 6 years in Surabaya.
The other pia that my family loves is pia Balong from Solo. This pia is very rich, so eating one is very fulfilling. My sisters and I love the chocolate one. When my oldest sister was dating her ex-boyfriend (now her hubby), her boyfriend's mom used to send us a box (it's a LOT) of this pia, and among those plenty bags, the chocolate one was only one or two, or sometimes none, the rest was pork. No one liked pork for pia filling in my family. My older sister & I were very dissappointed when we opened the box. We were in middle school/high school at that time, and we were more excited than my oldest sister in term of opening gifts So, those pias would be given to anyone who liked those, mom would bring those to her work, some would get eaten by mom (but she didn't eat that much), and some will stay in peace in our pantry, forgotten. My older sissy & I asked our dearest oldest sister to tell her mom in law that we were not fond of pork pia, but my endearing sister was afraid of hurting her in-law's feeling. This continued to happen years after she finally got married. That's a funny pia story that we'll never forget.
Pia came up to my mind when I think what to do with leftover cooked mung bean from making kue ku last week. Thanks to my oldest sister who gave me recipe book that has pia recipe in it. I love the pia, eventhough mine do not have layering crust
Mix A ingredients just until oncorporated, divide the dough into 32. I didn't use scale, but I divide the dough into 4 chunks, then divide each chunk to 8. Make ball shaped out of those small doughs. Do the same with the B ingredients. Set aside and chill for min. 30 minutes.
Take one ball of dough B, flattened it using palm of your hand, and wrap it around dough A.
Preheat the oven 390'F. Using rolling pin, flatten it and roll it up. Refrigerate it again for 15 minutes. Omit the refrigerating part in winter.
Flatten the dough and wrap the filling in it. Brush with egg wash and arrange on a lightly greased pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.
No layers yet. I think I over mixed and over worked the dough. I will try again next time. The taste is superb though.