It’s not right for you…

I dropped by this bakery in town to buy their pineapple cookies…

Big Thumb ong lai ko

At one time, people coming back from Taiwan would cart boxes and boxes home to give to family and friends. I used to buy a lot of those too once, come every Chinese New Year, as it would be an auspicious gift for the occasion, ong meaning king or good luck in Hokkien and ong lai (pineapple) seems to denote that the (Heavenly) King  or good luck is coming. I guess that is why they call it…

Prosperity cookies

However, when I got home, I noticed that there was no halal logo on the box which would mean that it would not be right to give it to my Muslim relatives and friends for Hari Raya. In the end, I decided to just keep the boxes that I had bought to eat myself or give to some other people.

I asked the lady how many there were inside and she said they were 6, 6 big ones and she added that they do not make the small ones anymore…

Big and small

I was not sure how big the big ones were but since she said that, I guessed I had no choice and bought the number of boxes that I wanted. They are RM18.00 a box now – it used to be around RM10.00 when they first came into the scene. Obviously, good luck comes at a price, not something cheap and definitely not for free.

When I opened a box, much to my delight, there were these small ones…

Small ones

…inside and yes, they were still very nice but no, they looked very different from when they first started making them in 2014 or maybe, those were the big ones, I wouldn’t know.

The pastry was nice and crumbly and the pineapple jam filling was moist, not hard and dry…

Lovely pastry and jam filling

I suppose if I am not giving them to anybody, I can just enjoy these myself slowly – at that price, I don’t think I shall, for no obvious reason, be buying them again.

BIG THUMB BAKERY (2.293889, 111.826492) is located at No.71-73, Jalan Tuanku Osman.

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “It’s not right for you…”

  1. Pineapple tarts or pineapple cookies for me anytime! So how many boxes did you buy? Melissa and your wife could help you eat them. Did you buy some other things to give out instead?

    Just 3. Yes, the ladies seem to enjoy them too so we shall finish them all off pretty soon. I ended up buying Yusuf Taiyoob dates to give away instead.

  2. That is kinda expensive right? RM18.

    I heard the ones from Taiwan cost a bomb too and they’re not necessarily nice, not all of them. Some so hard and dry.
    Actually I counted – 45 altogether so that works out to 40 sen each only, cheaper than some pineapple tarts in Melaka and they are not even nice.

  3. This pineapple tarts are most people favourite and they are good to give as gifts on occasion.

    These Sibu-made ones are very nice. I guess a lot of people buy these and all the other things from the shop such as their mochi, their let tao ko to give away. That is why they call themselves Big Thumb Bakery and Souvenir.

  4. It has been a long while since I have pineapple tarts… I go for the homebaked ones, those sold in the shops over here normally are not so nice… Yes, they are definitely not cheap… it is normal now to buy cookies over Rm20…

    Yes, and more often than not, they are not even nice, nothing like own homemade. There are very nice cookies and pineapple tarts in Kuching, here not really but I do know of another place other than this one, the pineapple nuggets are very nice.

  5. I have seen these Taiwanese pineapple cookies but I was not sure if they taste nice. After reading this post, I am confident to give them a go, if I see them on sale.

    Unfortunately, no sale at the moment.

  6. I saw these taiwanese pineapple cookies selling at finest fairprice jewel, with nice packaging, good to give as souvenirs. Yours sound so tasty from the way you described it, at least the filling is moist, not dry.

    Yes, they’re nice, not that cheap but nice.

  7. cookies and tarts with pineapple jam are one of my all-time favourite treats, during childhood as well as adulthood, chinese new year and any other time of the year! so irresistibly delicious 😀

    Some say it is like kissing. You take one, you want another. I am very sure those boxes I am stuck with will not last very long! LOL!!!

  8. There’s a local shop by the name of NR tart in Shah Alam that sells the best pineapple tart in my opinion, they’ll be packed during raya time usually, not so sure about this year.

    How much are they selling for? I know some places sell big ones, RM2.00 each but not nice. Don’t mind paying the price if it’s value for money.

  9. Oh, I had the fortune of having some homemade pineapple cookies recently. They were lovely.

    Can’t beat homemade ones, that’s for sure! These small bakeries may be good too, not those mass-produced ones from the factories, thank you very much!

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