We traveled from Kuching to KL to spend time with family over the Chinese New Year holidays. We ate (a LOT) of course, but also brought back lots of goodies from Penang and KL. Here’s a sample of our haul:
Bak Kwa – Sweet Pork Jerky
Thin sheets of pork meat, covered in a sweet glaze and lightly grilled. One of my favorite snacks; they won’t last long!
Lup Chong – Chinese Sausage
Belacan – Shrimp Paste
Bushels of Biscuits
During Chinese New Year, you see a lot of different kinds of biscuits being sold.
Him Heang Tau Sar Piah
One of the most popular biscuits sold in Penang are “tau sar piah”, a flaky pastry filled with sweet, green bean paste. And one of the most popular bakeries that makes these biscuits is Him Heang.
Hock Lock Siew Tau Sar Piah
Hock Lock Siew is another bakery which makes these biscuits. But they come in different flavors, such as a pandan-flavored one and a biscuit with a spicy shrimp filling.
Hock Lock Siew Pong Piah
Beh Teh Sor
There are other kinds of filled biscuits, such as “pong piah” – biscuit with a sweet molasses filling – and “beh teh sor" – biscuit with a caramelized shallot filling. Of the two, I like the beh teh sor the best.
This may be called a “biscuit” but it’s more like sweet, fried won ton strips. The skins are slit in the middle, folded into itself, and then fried crispy. Very hard to stop eating!
Cookies and Chips and Treats, Oh My!
Made from green pea flour.
More like a thumbprint cookie than our own Chinese Almond Cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Annie's aunt in Penang made these crisp, choclatey morsels.
Kuih Kapit – Love Letters
These are pleasantly sweet, coconut-flavored wafers, so thin and crispy they shatter, then melt in your mouth.
Shat Kek Ma
This one is new to me. Think Rice Krispies treats, except they use fried won ton pieces instead of Rice Krispies, and molasses instead of melted marshmallows. Picked these up in Ipoh. Very nice!
Seedless Li Hing Mui
Also picked up in Ipoh. A big bag of seedless li hing mui (dried, salted plum). I am seriously addicted to this stuff. I think it’ll last at least 2 months! ;-P
And last but not least: durian chips. Courtesy Annie’s sister-in-law from Thailand. These thin crisps have the faintest touch of durian flavor to them. I don’t know exactly what kind of starchy vegetable is thinly sliced then fried to serve as a crispy vehicle for that flavor. But it is extremely difficult to stop eating them!
This was just a sampling of the stuff we brought back. Most of it will be distributed out amongst our Kuching friends. But some of it will not pass back through the doors of our house ;-)
Stay tuned! we’ve got a couple of posts coming which talk about the foods we actually *ate* there in West Malaysia!