From me to you…

I mentioned in an earlier post that I took a box of stuff to Penang and having given away everything, I thought I could throw it away and go home with only my hand luggage and my laptop bag. Well, it turned out that it would not be possible as I needed to use the box again to put all these things…

From you to me

…and check it in on my flight back to Sibu.

My cousin went through great pains to book and collect the things from Him Heang (5.42392N 100.3212681E) which many claim to be the best in Penang and she gave a box of the tambun biscuits  for me and my mum. In the end, I decided to give them all to my mother as Eugene gave me three boxes of these…

Chuan Peng Heang 1

I have read some blogs where they claim that Him Heang‘s is over-rated and these are nicer. Well, I tried both and I would say that both are  nice and unless you eat them together simultaneously, you will not be able to tell the difference…

Chuan Peng Heang 2

The filling in these Chuan Peng Heang‘s ones has a stronger taste and one can actually make out the fragrance of the fried onions…

Chuan Peng Heang 3

Him Heang‘s seems lighter and one would be able to savour the green bean in the ingredient. All in all, I would think both are o.k. except that I’m not really a fan of tambun biscuits though I do not mind having them for tea sometimes.

I would very much prefer heong peah instead and I’ve always been told that the best ones would come from Teluk Intan…

Teluk Intan Heong Peah

My dear friend, Mandy gave me these SGT’s ones as well as all the packets of chicken biscuits and I loved them a lot – the heong peah, that is…

SGT Heong Peah 1

All this while, my favourite had been those from the Bisgood Company…but now, I would think this one is very much nicer.

SGT Heong Peah 2

Nope, I did not get any bananas from Bananaz but instead, he gave me a giant packet of peanuts. Ah well, I guess both are a monkey’s favourites – bananas and peanuts! LOL!!! He said they’re very nice but I have not eaten them yet so I cannot confirm anything right now. Claire gave me a big bag of shat kek ma, which is long gone by now…and also a USB fan for my computer. I have not tried it out so I’m not too sure how it works.

Incidentally, please do not think that we need to bring along things to give away as gifts whenever we go and meet a fellow-blogger. There is actually no necessity to do so. Being old, I would usually try as far as possible as it is the traditional etiquette to bring along a little something when one goes to visit somebody – what they call a “buah tangan“. But it is perfectly all right if you do not observe this practice. Having the heart to go out of the way to come and meet a blogger-friend and get better acquainted is something already very much appreciated and one can’t really ask for more. Many would not bother at all and make all kinds of excuses to wriggle out of it – I wonder why…

However, sometimes it is hard to bring things over when travelling by air, for instance and sometimes, something may be worth giving but then it may not be durable or it is perishable and may go bad during the journey…or there is no fridge to keep it and so on and so forth and it would be such a waste (and not worth the trouble) carrying such things all the way and having to chuck them into the rubbish bin in the end.

And talking about “buah tangan“, my godson/ex-student, Andrew and his wife, Michelle, were back in Sibu from Christchurch and he asked me out for lunch. Of course, the pleasure was indeed all mine to meet them and they gave me these – all the way from New Zealand…

Gifts from NZ

As for what we had for lunch that day, I’m afraid you will have to wait till another post to find out all about it. LOL!!

Author: suituapui

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

32 thoughts on “From me to you…”

  1. Huh! Oh oh! You have not eaten the peanuts? Guess after some time may not be that fresh then you gotta feed em to the real monkeys.

    I kept the whole sealed bag in an airtight container…and yesterday, I opened the container to eat. Horror of horrors! The bag was already opened. Half gone already!! I wonder which monkey ate them! Muahahahahahaha!!!! 😀 Yes, they’re very nice…taste different from other peanuts that I’ve had. Thanks…and thanks especially for your thoughtful gesture.

    1. Correction the Gorilla must have eaten em..phew glad you knew how to protect and kept in a sealed container.

      So many things to eat, so I thought I could keep those and eat them later, mana tau…already half gone. 😦

  2. Start one tambun biscuit shop in Sibu with the name ‘Tua Pui Heong’ should be a great brand name and good biz.

    I wouldn’t want to do that. It’s a delicacy that’s specific to a region…just like our kompia is to us…and I bet it’s hard work. No, thank you. LOL!!! 😉

  3. Gotta go will be ‘blind’ for a few hours. Blind Mango leading the blind Bananaz. Joining the “Blind leading the Blind” campaign in PJ organised by Lion’s Club.

    Oh? Charity fair? Bananaz donating generously kah? Ooooooo…..look what we have here! A philanderer! Oops…I mean a philanthropist. Muahahahahaha!!!

    1. No friend you lah bro..hahaha. It was a great experience indeed walking 3 km blind folded and that serves a reminder to us as not take God’s gift for granted. Quite a big crowd attended.

      Hehehehehe!!! Well, in life, there is none so blind as he who will not see… That is a much worse problem than just the physical handicap, don’t you think?

      1. True! A great quote from someone who is deaf and blind : *The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision* ~ Helen Keller

        Beautiful! I like this… 😉

  4. LOL… u kno… buah tangan tradition should be kept alive… not many youngsters these days appreciate this tradition… they will say it’s leceh.

    Yup…some friends even scolded me when I brought things from Sibu for other friends – said so mafan, go through all the trouble…if they want, they can go to Sibu and buy themselves…bla…bla…bla…

    I guess it’s how one is brought up. In my family, if somebody cooked something, they would give one another a bit to enjoy…and when returning a container like a pot or a bowl or plate, it must be filled with something to balas – larang pantang to return it empty. At least, this inculcates the value of gratitude or appreciation and strengthens ties.

  5. LOL. It seems everyone from Sibu have been to Him Heang. And for that matter, probably every visitor to Penang. There is another one called Ban Heang at 5.41549, 100.32094.

    The other biscuit shop I went to was on the mainland called Hup Hoe Biscuit at 5.28273,100.47680

    They are all OK but I am not really into biscuit myself.

    Yup, my sentiments exactly. Both Him Heang…and its origin, Ghee Heang are along Jalan Burmah…round the corner from the hotel where I was staying so I would go past very regularly. So what are you bringing back for me when you go to Penang next month? Muahahahaha!!! 😀

    1. You don’t really like biscuit and nor do I. No point bringing you stuff you don’t really like, is it? I learn my lesson, often I would buy these things back but nobody in the house wanted to eat it. All I got was scolding as to why I bother buying them in the 1st place. LOL.

      Except for one thing. The absolutely very best salted fish (called ‘Dan Lau’) I have ever tried was from Mynamar at a shop called “May Wah” at 16.774510N, 96.149610. It’s so good that I wouldn’t mind bringing back 20-kg of it as check in luggage next time. it’s that good.

      Oh? Not a fan of salted fish from over there – prefer our own long kiam hu anytime. But anyway, as they say, the best things in life are free. Hmmm…looking forward to getting some soon and don’t worry! After eating that, I’ll get my hypertension prescription from you, nobody else. Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀

  6. I love to meet up with bloggers whenever the chance arrives, as i find it so cool able to meet up with like minded people and just talk about everything under the sun!

    Tau sar pneah! Spelt correctly? These are my staple gifts for my colleagues whenever I go back to Penang. Oh, you prefer heong pneah instead? I actually like them both. 🙂 I still have a few here in KL whenever I feel hungry, would munch into these. 🙂

    Oh? So when are you going back to Penang? I’ll make sure I’ll be in KL when you return. Hehehehehe!!!

    1. hahaha, 🙂 I buy these from a shop near my house at farlim, it’s ghee hiang brand, and fresh daily.

      People say Ghee Hiang not as nice…and the guy from Him Heang used to work there but left to start his own. Bake in the oven for a bit before eating – will make the tambuns nicer…

  7. I like the Him Heang ones better too – it’s more fragrant.

    Gosh, I miss Penang from this post. Gotta go on a food trip there sometime. 🙂

    Ya…one weekend would be more than enough and Firefly flies there cheap…or AA, for that matter. MAS is expensive for that sector…but even so, their flights are always very packed. 😦

  8. I agree with you, the biscuits Eugene bought was somehow different, i must ask that fella where he bought them… wonder he reads this or not..i doubt he does.. lol…
    About the “plaything” usb, I worry about your computer ma.. so all u got to do is to attach it to your lappie port or if u do not want that, u can put 3 batteries and blow on your lappie just in case, it gets heated up ma… my Andy finds it very useful cos he worries about his lappie one.. he uses it each day.. 🙂

    Oh? You can google the brand name and we will find a lot of posts on this particular one – many think they’re better than Him Heang’s. I think some of them will give you the address. Ya…those working on their laptops will need that – they get heated up faster than a desktop – I use the latter. Will only use a laptop when travelling. Ah! Can use batteries? Must try it out…and if there’s a blackout, I can use it to fan myself. Muahahahahaha!!!! I really tak tahan panas… 😉

  9. our very own pompia not sibu ones but the kuching ones n ley piang (the ones u gave last time in Penang) n kompia n chulumiang still the best lah!

    Yup…and our pek tau sar p’ia also very nice – perhaps even nicer. Heong peah, I like the fragrant crusty skin.

  10. Woo hoo! Eta and Griffins :p

    LOL!!! You can get these easily there, ya? Bet the chips go well with pasta sauce… Yum! Too bad, they expire in August….or I could keep till you’re home. 😉

  11. Wow! You have many freebies. 😀

    Yeah, giving something when meeting a friend is not a requirement. Being with them is enough. And also, a person is not being a good friend if he keep on asking for freebies or something similar.

    Blush! Blush! I hope by blogging on them and thanking everybody, people will not generalise that I’m asking for more freebies. 😦

  12. Wow!…so many gifts from yr friends. So lucky of you to have friends like them and likewise they are lucky to have you too.

    Not really fancy those tambun biscuits…probably it’s too dry and shat kek ma….sweet and sticky….but the heong peah looks nice…and all in all the best is still that giant packet of peanuts…my favourite!…

    You like peanuts? I’m ok with them…good for munching while doing my marking. 😉 The heong peah was good – I’ve always liked heong peah over tambun. Yes, I am indeed blessed having so many nice people as my friends…

  13. I like that name suggested by Pisang, “tua pui heong” nice …………

    Then it means that this fatty smells very7 nice. Eyewwwww…!!! LOL!!! 😀

  14. the mexican salsa sounds yummy!

    I’m sure it is. Perhaps I can keep in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer till my daughter comes home at the end of the year. Should be ok even though well past the expiry date.

  15. Yes, I am peanut lover. Any type of peanut. Any time you give me, I can finish it. Great fan of peanut butter…hehehe

    High oil content…and some people allergic to it. Thankfully, I’m not. Love peanut butter with cream crackers – peanut butter on one slice and butter on the other, sandwich together and dunk in kopi-o. Yum! Yum! 😀

  16. giving gifts is a good practice 🙂

    Yes…and I believe that in giving, you shall receive – not necessarily in kind…but in fond thoughts and blessings. 🙂

  17. We normally have to travel around the states for all these goodies, but you didn’t… lucky you to have such fabulaous blogger friends!^-^

    Ya, I’m really lucky indeed, that’s a fact! 🙂

  18. yeah, the ghee heang & him heang ones are over-rated AND over-priced but i suppose the connoisseurs would swear by them.

    seriously, i can’t tell the difference!

    Probably if you eat them side by side, you may taste a slight difference. Otherwise it is hard to tell…

  19. You really like the heang peah ah?? I yet to try it, that’s the first time i get that one…maybe i should try it too…glad to know that u like it…

    Yes, so far this one is the nicest I’ve had. Before this, Bisgood was my favourite…

  20. yeah i also heard that they say him heang is overrated but i still enjoy them. no complaints!

    Yup…they’re nice and the rest are also ok. 🙂

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