Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hong Kong Wife Biscuits

Thank you so much to my music teacher Kellyn who personally brough back a box of Hong Kong well known local delight called "Lou Poh Peng 老婆餅" (Wife Biscuits) freshly handmade from its origin place - "Yuen Long" old cake shop.

I had been heard of this long time ago, but it was my first time taste on its yesterday. It's very crunchy on the outer skin but the inner white lotus paste filling was very soft & chewy... Its very unique & tasty... yummy... I manage to finished it in a day... now I still missed the taste so much... perhaps I can only taste it again on my next trip to Hong Kong :)




More info from Wikipedia:

A sweetheart cake or wife cake (老婆餅) is a traditional Chinese pastry made with winter melon and almond paste.

There are many classes held in Hong Kong for making sweetheart cakes. The sweetheart cake, though it has such a long history, is still popular among many in Hong Kong. Many people in Hong Kong, as well as professional chefs, are reportedly modifying this pastry to make it more "modern" and better-tasting.

One of the most well-recognized sweetheart cake shop is the Heng Heung Cake Shop (恆香老餅家) in Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong


Legendary Origin

A long time ago in feudal China, there was a couple that lived a very poor life. They loved each other and lived in a small village.

Suddenly, a mysterious disease spread. The husband's father became very sick. The couple spent all of their money in order to treat the man's father, but he was still sick. The wife sold herself as a slave in exchange for money to buy medicine for her father-in-law.

Once the husband learned about what his wife did, he made a cake filled with winter melon and with a crispy crust. His cake became so popular that he was able to earn enough money to buy his wife back and reunited.

14 comments:

Taoju said...

Aiyo! when i read this it was tea time.. so hungry liao seeing this loh poh peng!

David (AKK) said...

Haha Taoju... paiseh lah... next time if got chance to go Hong Kong Then I treat you eat lo... :)

Joze Foo said...

i eat this long long time ago when my aunt guide tour to hong kong...i dunno where she bought it but very sweet lo jus like our local "pong pia"

K3ViN said...

i got chance 2 c this but i never try cos haha.. i hear it very sweet lor..... actually, no enough 4 me 2 try it lor... :P

Tau Sar Phneah said...

i tried before when my day went to hk for conference..and he bought back...taste slightly similar to our pong phia...and another hk sweet delicacies..long sou thong...did u try??
tht wan quite nice...

Sue said...

Never try before but then if it's made of almond, I don't like almond...hehe

Firehorse aka Kopi Soh said...

I love der stoli, so lormantik, sigh wish someone wud make biskit and name after me.

David (AKK) said...

Hainamkepui & Taugeh :)
Yes... It's much like "Pong Pia" & yes, the filling very sweet lo...

TSP,
oh... you mean a candy they made like "mee sua" style ar... I have seen this but I not yet try :)

Sue,
Do you mean the Almond cookies... It's very popular in Macau... This wife cookies not contain any almond in it :)

Kopisoh,
Yes... the story very touching... if one day there's a cookies named after you, it would rather called "kopi pia"... hehe :)

jepunlauee said...

I have tried it long long time ago until I now also forget how it taste like now...hahahah...
Maybe I might be able to find some in penang....hmmmmm...

Dragon said...

seems no one notice this, but i will say it out! Ang Ku, your face so big!!!! become fat leh!!!! eat too much hor liao in HK right? i also bought it last time when i went to HK. To me, so so only. i prefer pong pia. wakakakaka.

David (AKK) said...

Jepunlauee,
Yah... you might eat all you can when the time you balik kampung soonest :)

Ah Leng,
haha.. Yalor.. I had put up my weight during my stay in HK, due to the cold weather which made me easily to get hungry, So ended up I almost eat 5 meals a day... Cannot liao... i must "Kiam Pui" liao... haha :)

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