One and the same…

I’ve seen photos of kompia in Sitiawan but they did not look like the ones we have here…and I’ve seen kampua noodles in some people’s blogs – they had them in Sitiawan too but looking at the photos, they actually look more like wantan mee with the black sauce, the char siew and all and somebody even called them Foochow kon lou mee which is what the Sabahans call theirs, minus the Foochow in the name…and they are definitely not the same.

But last week, I saw this article in a local newspaper and it seems that there is a place, not in Sitiawan but at Ayer Tawar in Ipoh where there is a Foochow man making kompia

Ipoh kompia

…except that he calls them zhang dung ping.

Never mind the name but they certainly look the same except that all of ours have sesame seeds. Those without sesame seeds are called chu-nu-miang and are slightly sweet unlike kompia which is salty.

Other than that, this Foochow man also makesย lay peang

Ipoh lay peang

…and he calls them san dai ping, whatever that means.

I’m sure everyone will agree with me if ย I say that our Sibu lay peang looks a whole lot nicer…

Sibu lay peang

…and I’m sure ours tastes better too.

Well, the test of the pudding is in the eating so hopefully, I will be able to go to Ipoh someday and try them and then give a true and fair judgement as to whether ours are nicer…or those in Ipoh. Right, Claire?

Author: suituapui

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

31 thoughts on “One and the same…”

  1. WANT

    Go Ipoh! But I think you’d better come back to Sibu- ours nicer, I’m sure. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. different place, different versions ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not really. All Foochow, but different people making, appearances may vary…and perhaps taste may not be exactly the same as well.

  3. When are you coming? Sitiawan is around one hour plus traveling from Ipoh.. i have tried the kompia in sitiawan, i dont like it..they are hard like rock and i dont know how to eat them.. hahaha.. my SIL from sitiawan loves to eat.. but for me, i stick to the softer type..
    when i go sitiawan, it will be seafood!! Jom..come.. i take you for seafood and perhaps you can teach me how to eat the “hard rock biscuits!” hahaha….

    Hey! This one is in Ipoh, Ayer Tawar…NOT in Sitiawan! The kompia you had sounds like the ones at the shop next to my father’s when I was a kid. So very nice when hot, straight from the oven…but when cold, you throw at the wall – the concrete will crack. LOL!!!! Nah!!! The kompia we have now – not like that. Very nice! Not much taste but like kissing, you have one…you’ll want another…and another… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Yes … Try the Ipoh heong piah and you will stop trying others piah …. Hahaha. Btw, blog some healthy food la…

    Like? If anything is healthy, kompia is! No oil added (unless you take into account the oil in the sesame seeds), no sugar added (other than the carbs in the flour) and baked – much healthier than your curry chee cheong fun and the very oily lor-ma-kai look-alike in yourcurrent post! Tsk! Tsk! Ipoh Heong peah? I thought Teluk Intan’s the best? Or Taiping? >.<

    1. Ipoh one the best… my hubby will be biased and say Teluk Intan one is the best, but I love Ipoh ones…taste much nicer.

      My favourite would be those really flaky ones…and you’ll make a mess when eating…and the filling is still moist and gooey – hate those hard toffee-like ones, never mind where. The ones Mandy gave me were very good… Hint! Hint! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ….From Teluk Intan!!! You’re out-voted! Hehehehehe!!!!!

  5. Lay peang? How’s the taste? sweet or salty? When and if I visit you, these are not a must try…buat semak perut saja. I want to try the ones that really really will kadaboom me…the ones where the calories will be sooo worth it ๐Ÿ˜›

    But at least, you must try the kompia stuffed with braised pork belly and dipped in the garlicky five-spice soy sauce gravy then. Utterly sinful! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Ping-peang-miang sounds more like the pinball game than any kompia. lolz ~:).

    Dunno… I thought it’s ping-pong-piang – something like the paper, stone and scissors game?

  7. It must be very sweet..

    Not the kompia, but the lay peang, yes…butI found this place that sells not-very-sweet ones. That’s why I like! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I hv yet try both but appearance wise I would prefer yours!

    Hah!! I see you agree with me on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. San Tai Peng, third wife biscuit?….lol!

    Dunno. Is that in Cantonese? You sure would love that, wouldn’t you? LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ But maybe in Foochow, it’s three-storey biscuit. Nothing so sexciting! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  10. wow, i shuld try this out!!!

    It’s in Ipoh. You’re in Kelantan, aren’t you? Not that near, I’m sure… Btw, thanks for dropping by and do come again. Will link you in my blogroll.

  11. Owh!…compare the lay peang from Ayer Tawar and Sibu lay peang, definitely I would prefer the Sibu lay peang. Looks much nicer. From the pix, I can feel that the lay peang from Ayer Tawar is hard. Just wonder how is the taste and whether there is any fillings inside. Also whether that Foochow man is originally from Sibu.

    Dunno. Many Foochows in Sitiawan also – all the very fair and beautiful Foochow ladies also from Sitiawan. LOL!!! You can ask Claire to get you some to try the next time she hops over to Penang. Sibu too far…and you don’t want to come. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. Aiyor!…who say I don’t want to go to Sibu. Each time seeing all the delicious food posted up by you, I will tell myself that I must hop over to Sibu one of these days.

      Oops!!! I saw wrongly – thought that was Eugene’s comment – dunno why, dunno how… LOL!!! Come, come…so when are you coming? ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Hahaha!…what did you have for lunch today that make you so “mabuk”. I was blurr when I read your reply. I read a few times than I think you must have mistaken me for somebody. Sign of ageing!!!…hehehehe

        I just commented in his blog in another window and then I came back here…and I replied to what I thought was his comment and when I refreshed, I did not see his name anymore…and I did not notice my reply to him in your comment box. LOL!!! Yalor…so old liao…cannot multitask. Sure kelam kabut! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. I’ve tried the Sitiawan one but not the Sibu or Ayer Tawar. You must take it fresh from the oven then only nice. If not got to retoast it before you eat.. Your Sibu one looks sweet with that kind of inti.

    That’s the lay peang. As for the kompia, it depends on which shop – some when cold become tough like rubber, some ok…but nicer to retoast – crunchier. Come, hop over and try our Sibu ones. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Ahh …. good ole Ipoh. Doubt it’ll be anything like the original, but it’s worth a try !! Will look for it when I’m back .. mwahaha

    Yup, something is better than nothing…and beggars can’t be choosers! LOL!!! Can always hop over to Sibu for nothing less than the best in town? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. The battle between Sibu and Ayer Tawar is on!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Faster go and try them out and let us know the verdict! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re halfway – nearer to Ayer Tawar… Go, go and try and then come and visit me in Sibu…and then you let us know your verdict! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Kompia in Ipoh? Ok, will tell my friend, she would love to try what is the taste of kompia.

    I know sitiawan version kompia, not same as us, my previous boss is from sitiawan. Everytime when he go home, he will bring back some kompia for me. Their kompia is flat, and a lot bigger than us, and inside got meat!!! Something like roti canai mix with meat, but thicker.

    Ask her to send you some, then you try and compare with Sibu ones. Ya, I saw an ex-student’s photo – he stopped by Sitiawan when he went touring the northern states…. Did not look like ours and did not look nice either. Dunno the actual taste.

  16. these pics made me crave for a “hopia”…i already went out to the nearest bakery to buy one ๐Ÿ™‚

    I googled to see the photos. They look like our tau sar pia, tausar = red bean paste.

  17. I grew up in Sitiawan, eating Kompiang. I’ve not have it for more than a decade now and am missing it badly. Do you know ppl actually fly kompiang to all over the world? Ppl migrate out of Sitiawan yet the first thing they get their parents to send them are this delicacy… I must get them to fly me some too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    You haven’t tried the ones from Sibu. Otherwise I can ask you whether they’re the same or not. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  18. When you’re doing the taste comparison test, call me along! I also want to do a food tasting =p

    Humph!!! Food tasting all the expensive, high class stuff…where got want to eat the humble kompia anymore? Hehehehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Not for me for sure, i don’t fancy pia one, don’t know why but if couple with a glass of hot hot kopi o, i really don’t mind …have a great week ahead ya

    That’s why you’re so trim and slim. Even after all the beer,also no beer belly…some people have all the luck in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Your closed up photo is so convincing! I almost want to touch your Lay Peang on the screen!

    Omigawd!!! I wonder what you’ve touched on your screen… Muahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. I am a big fan of good pia…to go with with Kopi-O panas! Where can I buy this in KL? Maybe will ask my bestie Jonathan!

    Yes! Yes! When is he coming back to Sibu? I can buy all these and then ask him to bring over for you. Good chance for me to meet him and make friends. Hehehehehe!!!! Wink! Wink! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. I’m so glad that these olden favourites are still being made. Nostalgia sells these days!

    Ya…going back to our roots – simple and cheap and nice…not like what young people go for today.

  23. oh this cake looks super yummy, i’ve not tried it before and would very much like to have a taste of it leh.. drooling~~

    Come on over to Sibu – you can have all that you want! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. the lay peng inner is a bit saltish sweet, like those Teochew mooncake? Sigh….makes me think of my late grandpa who loved these biscuits so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Not too sure. Maybe a bit similar but not exactly the same.

  25. Personally I think West Malaysian and East Malaysian have different taste preference. For us, our version of lay peang taste good, but may not taste good for West Malaysian, vice versa. So it is hard to say actually.

    I suppose so… Like I always say, to each his own.

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