Affordable…

It’s coming up to that time of the year again and these Foochow Mooncake Festival biscuits a.k.a. pek guek tong chiew pia

Pek guek pia

…have made their appearance at the shops here.

I just grabbed two the other day and headed straight home and it was not until much later that I realised that it was not the brand that I like, the one where they state very clearly right across the front that the biscuits mengandungi lemak babi (contain lard) and are hence, not halal

Kinsen pek quek pia *Archive photo*

I find that these are crumblier and have the nice fragrance of lard unlike the former which are a little sweeter and harder.

The packaging is similar and they are priced the same – RM6.00 a packet, same as last year but I really must be careful when out shopping and make sure I do not come home with stuff that aren’t really to my liking.

In the meantime, we stumbled upon these biscuits…

Heritage Highland shorties

…at the supermarket here, the one that stocks up on a lot of imported stuff.

When I was in the U.K., I used to look out for these biscuits and cookies with the £1 sticker on the packaging as even at RM3.50 to a pound at the time, the rest were all not that affordable, not something that the likes of me could afford. I used to buy one very nice ginger nut biscuits with that £1 price tag at another supermarket here, only RM4 something a pack and they were very nice but I have not seen any there lately.

These were 2 for £1…

Price tag

…but they were going for over RM5 a pack. They are definitely a lot cheaper than many of our local Malaysian brands and I really hate those that come in big packs and when you open it, there are a lot of empty spaces in the plastic tray or packaging inside, mostly in between the few rows of biscuits so there aren’t that many in the end, actually. Somebody should sue them for an obvious intention to deceive the buyers.

It turned out that those aforementioned imported biscuits were very nice so I went back to the supermarket to grab some more. We have yet to try these…

Heritage shortcake biscuits

…also selling for over RM5.00 but these…

Heritage All butter Scottish shortbread fingers

…also going for around that same price, more or less, were gone in no time at all.

I so love these Scottish shortbread…

Hertitage Scottish shortbread fingers

…for the lovely butter fragrance especially but the very celebrated Walkers’ ones are priced here at over RM20.00 a pack and it is not even my favourite brand! I certainly will go back to buy more of these before they are all sold out.

One thing about this supermarket, once something is sold out, you do not know when the next shipment will come so other than the regular stuff like Tim Tams and what not, you may not get to see it back on the shelves ever again.

We get our supply of Australian/New Zealand fresh milk from here too, usually cheaper than elsewhere in town and right now, Meadow Fresh is going for RM3.99 a carton, RM4.99 for low fat. You will never see such prices where our own Malaysian locally-produced milk products are concerned, that’s for sure. Hmmm…it is RM6.99 in KL, it seems and it is currently out of stock! Eat your hearts out, folks! LOL!!!

TA KIONG EMPORIUM (2.2933,111.82713,783) is located at No. 42-46, Jalan Tuanku Osman and opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Affordable…”

  1. Some products have packaging that are very similar to popular products so that innocent mistakes could occur such as buying them thinking that they are those popular products.

    Yes, lots of canned foods, instant noodles like that.

  2. It does occur to me too, buying the product and later to realise that it isn’t the same. I like those shortbread fingers.

    Can get in Kuching too? This one is so cheap, all the rest nothing less than RM10 except McVities at another supermarket here last time – don’t get to see it anymore now. Walkers the worst now, over RM20. I almost fainted when I saw that!

    1. Ta Kiong and Everrise have a lot of imported stuff too.

      This came from Ta Kiong. I thought Choice would have some good imported stuff over at your side? We had Everise once, closed down soon enough – no big loss, I bought two or chio…one had a smell so I threw it away and the other disintegrated when I deep fried it, never went back again.

  3. wahhhh … if one were a milk enthusiast who drinks a carton daily, east malaysia might be worth moving to! 😀

    LOL!!! I do drink milk, night time before going to sleep usually – makes me sleepy plus old folks need the calcium to prevent osteoporosis…and the Australian/New Zealand brands are nicer, creamier…and cheaper!!!

  4. Well, lucky you! You get really affordable milk. I seem to have developed lactose intolerance a few years ago and now I can’t even enjoy chocolate milk. I remember drinking a whole carton of cold chocolate milk at the office a few years ago and within 5 minutes, the earth shook. LOL!

    Oh dear!!! Will have to go for other natural sources of calcium then.

  5. I am not a big biscuit eater but that shortbread does remind me of my grandma and dipping biccies in hot cups of tea.

    I always dunk my cookies in my drink…except that I always have coffee, not tea.

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