Small packages…

People say that good things come in small packages but I’m afraid I would be the last to agree – just look at me! Muahahahaha!!!

These, for example, were a lot bigger when I was young but now they’ve shrunk so badly and are selling at 3 for RM1.00…

Kuih koci 1

I think if you put all three together, it would be equivalent to one in the good old days.

Incidentally, these are called kuih koci and inside, you find this whitish sticky cake…

Kuih koci 2

– something like those mochi or those Tung Yuan balls and it has this sweet grated coconut filling inside…

Kuih koci 3

All my life, I’ve never been really crazy about kuih koci but I bought RM1 the other day for my mum for her 10 o’ clock morning tea. I usually buy different things for her so she would not get sick and tired – eating the same things everyday…and to my surprise, she loved it – ate two at one go.

On a separate occasion, the lady at the Bandong kuih stall gave me one of these to try – a chang or dumpling…

Chicken bak chang 1

What she had for the day were  all sold out and she had to take one of those that she had set aside for herself. This is essentially a Chinese specialty but sadly, many Chinese do not know how to tie the dumpling…or they never bother to even try and learn and here, we have the Malays picking up the skill and are obviously very good at it.

Chicken bak chang 2

I hear they run courses for them in the kampung and they are taught to make things like kampua noodles (uncooked) and to cook them for sale. Anyway, back to the dumpling, this is the chicken dumpling…

Chicken bak chang 3

…and I liked it. I would most definitely buy if I were to see any around there and at RM1.00 each, it is a steal.

I know of another place where they sell it at RM1.50 – halal chicken dumpling…and the Chinese-made pork ones are selling for RM2.00 or more all over but they are bigger. Unfortunately, they are not necessarily nice/nicer…..so perhaps there is some truth after all when we say that good things come in small packages?