Give it to you…

It is the traditional practice here that when you go and visit somebody, you will bring something to give to him or her. In Malay, they call it “buah tangan” and when you leave, he or she will also give you something as it is considered ill-mannered to let you go home empty-handed.

My friends in Penang would probably give me those packets of pickled buah pala (nutmeg) which I do not eat at all. My missus loves it though…so I would usually take it home and let her enjoy the whole lot herself or with her friends at work. But a popular gift from those up north in the peninsula would be thoseΒ tambun biscuits. I cannot remember the brand but most of the time, they would be the ones that come in a squarish box.

Well, the other day, my missus went to KL to attend a course and she came home with these that came in a rectangular box…

Tambun biscuits 1

When I checked, it was actually a product of the Bisgood Company…

Tambun biscuits 2

I love their Heong Peah best…but when I studied the details carefully, I found that the company only handles the marketing. All their products are manufactured by a certain Ta Sin Guan Tin Food Industries in Teluk Intan, Perak.

The tambun biscuits are packed and sealed in individual plastic packs of 4 each…

Tambun biscuits 3

…so I guess that would ensure longer freshness no matter how long you keep them.

I found that they were nicer than the more popular ones that I used to get and would see just about everywhere in Penang…

Tambun biscuits 4

…but at the end of the day, I think I still prefer heong peah. What about you?

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

21 thoughts on “Give it to you…”

  1. Ah, the infamous tambun biscuit … Although I hail from Ipoh, I prefer heong peah too. Much more fragrant ! =p

    Ah! We certainly share the same tastes! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. errr whats tambun biscuit ah?? but look familiar aye!! heee

    Gosh! Talk about West Malaysians not knowing much about Sabah and Sarawak. You can google to see the many posts on them or go here:
    I’m sure you’ve seen it around somewhere even in KK.

  3. Both Heong Piah and Tambun biscuit are my favourite, I also found those from Ipoh are much tastier than those from Penang island!^-^

    Both taste very nice with a glass of chilling ice coffee gao!:)

    So far, these from the Bizgood Company are my favourites. But frankly, I’m not that crazy about Tambun biscuits…

  4. Pickled buah pala smelled bad. My Penang friend once gave me many package of it too.
    Prefer Tambun.

    And I prefer heong peah to Tambun. Buah pala….eyeeewwww!!!! I think at one time, there was talk about the dangerous chemical in the colouring or what they use to pickle the stuff. Best to avoid…

  5. Tambun biscuits ALWAYS! πŸ™‚
    The best is Him Heang from Penang.. gosh I miss it already!

    I can’t remember the brand of the very popular one. When I see the box, I know! Hahahahaha!!! But I wasn’t too crazy over it – this one is nicer!

  6. Heong Peah!! ME can eat them non-stop! ME favourite.. anytime, anyday, anywhere.. but quite messy when I eat them and even messier when Ethan eats them πŸ˜›

    The messy ones are the best! The skin so brittle, crumbles with each bite…and I like the filling a bit soft and moist/wet, not hard and sticky like some over-baked ones… But I’m ok…not really dying for them – just eat when I have any around. My parents do love them a lot though.

  7. Nice packing..yes! These type of heong peah or tambun biscuits, once awhile i eat them.. don’t really eat them much even though Ipoh is also famous for the heong peah.. only buy for guests from outstation..:)

    Just like me and kompia… πŸ˜‰

  8. Not really into Heong Peah nor Tambun Biscuits. But if to choose, would choose Ipoh Heong Peah as the “inti” normal is still liquid as compared to other place where the “inti” are normally hard.

    Try this brand. I find that it’s better than all the rest that I’ve eaten before…

  9. Heong Peah, tambun biskut, all also like….LOL! Nutmeg make into juice…..nice!

    Really? Don’t like the smell…reminds me of the minyak urut! πŸ˜‰ Hahahahaha!

    1. Ohhhh… nutmeg, nutmeg… I like, I like! Pete a typical Penang baba, Cikgu, sure like nutmeg. Hahahaha…

      Ya, if I’m not mistaken, he’s from Butterworth…originally! No, thank you…you people can have all the nutmeg! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      1. Actually… his kampung is just about 2km to my kampung. LOL… and I knew some people from Pete’s school. Ahahahahaha… and I even dig for remis in the same pantai as Pete when I was still growing up. Damn… one of these days, I need to kacau Pete for some goodies oredi since he always balik kampung! Kekekekeke!

        Oh? Same kampung, I see. Mana tau….dulu he used to pull your pigtails? Hahahahaha!!! Just like this Malay friend of mine. One fine day, he found out who my father was…and he exclaimed, “Alamak! When I was a boy, I used to sneak into your house compound to steal your rambutans!” Hahahahahaha!!!!

  10. LOL… you shud see me and a few others when we visit each other. You’d be horrified. =.= Ahemmm… I know someone who will gv me a bag full of goodies, enuff to feed me for a week. That one is not buah tangan liao. It’s like bomb tangan d. LOL.

    Oooooo….come, come and visit me! How come nobody comes to visit me leh? Sobs! 😦

  11. me prefer heong piah too!! πŸ˜€ And hey, the expiry date of that tambun biscuits is getting near so better finish them up fast! Hey STP, blog about LaO Po Bin and Pong Piah too!! πŸ˜€ I wanna see them, and I miss them sooo muchie

    All gone, already become something else. Hahahahaha!!! I know phong peah…but the nicer ones are from Padungan, Kuching. Dunno what lao po bin is…

  12. Alamak… I forgot… my ‘kawan’ gave me heong peah last month, and I have yet to makan! Ish! I go and baham it now!

    I know! Must be Claire. She likes the brown sugar ones, not me…

  13. last time i really crazy over this tambun biscuit till my ex colik from ex company, he will buy for us, every month when he come for meeting. Eat till my face like tambun biscuit, then i get sick of it. hahahhahhahaha

    Now i prefer heong peah.

    Never really like tambun…just eat if there’s any around. Wouldn’t go and buy for myself but heong peah…I would! πŸ˜€

  14. Heong peah or Tambun biscuits, both also i like..cos it’s sweet..LOL!!

    Oh? You have a sweet tooth? But these are not really sweet – a bit sweet, a bit salty…something in between. I don’t like things that are over-sweet.

  15. we also practice bringing something when we visit someone but not so much with that person giving us something to take home…only when there’s an occasion or there’s really something else that person can give

    Here, if we bring something in a pot or a bowl that needs to be returned, it is considered ill-mannered to return it empty. But these days, we do not follow this too strictly – just that it is nice to return a kind gesture with another…or maybe on another day. Contributes towards building goodwill and close relationships.

    1. Who say din follow? Hahahah… I follow this… ppl gv me things in tupperware, when I return it, i will sure put some food inside. Kakakaka…

      Good! Good! Such good customary and traditional practices, we should preserve. πŸ˜‰

  16. i call these dragon ball biscuits! love them!

    You do? I can live without them… πŸ™‚ So they’re called dragon ball biscuits? Interesting.

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