I wanted it too…

That day, when I dropped by here to buy the sandwich and salad for my girl, I also went to look at the nyonya kuihs available that day. They are also sold there, displayed on the counter to the left.

There were the angku kuih and the sambal pulut that my ex-student gave me that day but no, I did not want those again. I was not interested in what looked like kuih lapis (layer cake) with only two colours, brown and white, either.

In the end, I went for the steamed pumpkin cake (RM3.30 a pack)…

Steamed pumpkin cake

…which was, at best, quite all right. I think there are nicer ones elsewhere with bits of minced meat in it, the same as the Chinese steamed yam cake (or koi) but made using pumpkin (kim kua koi) instead.

Of course I could not resist this (RM3.30 a pack)…

Pulut & kaya

…one of my nyonya favourites, the pulut tai tai. It is nothing more than just steamed pulut (glutinous rice) with nothing more than maybe, a bit of salt and santan (c0conut milk) and tints of blue using the bunga telang ( butterfly pea flower) but I do enjoy eating it with the kaya (coconut jam). Oh my!!! The kaya was so so so good, as good as the one I bought from this bakery. If they sell that on its own, I sure would want to buy to eat with bread or crackers.

Later, when I went to send the sandwich and salad to my girl, I went to the “canteen” beside her school to buy these (80 sen each)…

Lau Dato Si' Canteen tau sar peah

I saw my blogger friend, zmun2 enjoying her tau sar peah here and here and all this while, I had been telling myself that I wanted it too.

I’ve bought some nice ones of varying sizes here and there but ever since I came across these here, I never went elsewhere again. They are made by some lady in Bintangor, I heard and are available every day (except Sundays – their off day once a week) and I will only go for the pek tau sar (white/green bean or mung bean paste) filling…

Tau sar peah, inside

…even though at times, they also have the or tau sar (black/red bean paste) filling.

School has resumed for quite sometime now and I could have gone there earlier to buy these but I don’t quite fancy going through the SOP when going anywhere. That was why it took me a while to finally drop by. I enjoy having these for afternoon tea or for breakfast even, a nice change from instant noodles, bread or crackers.

TA KIONG KOREAN STORE (2.292923, 111.826821)) is located at No.19, Ground Floor, Jalan Kai Peng, the first shop in the block right behind the supermarket and LAUDATO SI’ CANTEEN (2.287266, 111.832142) is located at No. 1, Jalan Lanang in what was previously known as the Catholic Centre in the compound of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Jalan Lanang and St Rita’s Primary School, Jalan Bukit Assek. .

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “I wanted it too…”

  1. If I am not wrong, the Steamed pulut is called pulut tai tai too. Steamed pulut and pek tau sar are both my favourite. Even mooncakes I like those pek tau sar more than orh tau sar. Luckily the kaya taste great though the colour looks a bit dull.

    When buying kaya, go for the dull colour – it means it is very lemak, lots of santan. If very green, a lot of pandan, not so much santan so not so lemak. I don’t like that. Same thing when buying serimuka – the very green ones aren’t good, not lemak.

    Yes, I’ve heard it being called pulut tai tai, dunno why – I’ve added the name to my post, thank you. Tai tai is wife in Mandarin, right?

    1. Aha!!! I came across this:
      Why is it known as “pulut tai tai”?
      It is also known as “pulut tai tai” for its elegant outlook. Tai Tai refers to a rich man’s wife who enjoys a life of leisure. It is said that this specific kuih was only served to the wives of rich men back then.

      Interesting! We sure learn new things every day! LOL!!!

  2. The tau sar peah you bought sure looks good. I am sure I would love it. Here, seldom see savoury pumpkin kuih with meat. The pumpkin kuih here is those sweet type.

    This is Chinese, same recipe as the or koi, I think…except that pumpkin is used instead of yam. The Malay ones are sweet, their bingka labu – I like those a lot more if they are lemak enough.

  3. Yup, tai tai is wife in Mandarin and never know it was served to rich men’s wives only. Interesting read about pulut tai tai. Thanks for sharing.

    Yes, I thought so too!

  4. Hopefully school starts in one week time. But parents aren’t allowed in the compound as per their SOP.

    Nyonya kueh, pulut pangang, I like them. Peah, not so much.

    Here too, parents not allowed to go in but oh my goodness!!! They all crowd around the gate waiting for their kids to come out, no social distancing at all. That is very very bad!!!

    I like peah sometimes for a change, like the heong peah from West Malaysia or the tambun biscuits from Penang. Kuching’s phong peah also very nice…if you know where to buy the good ones.

  5. The pulut tai tai looks right up my alley.

    It’s nothing much really, just glutinous rice but with very good kaya, it can be so heavenly. I do enjoy it! I so love these nyonya kuihs.

  6. We have something similar too, called hopia and its filled with mung beans, adzuki beans or pork fat

    The tausar peah? The name is similar, that pia and peah part. Yes, there must be pork fat in these things, otherwise, not nice. LOL!!!

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