Look what arrived in my mail today. It’s a parcel sent all the way from Ipoh courtesy of Guan Heong. For those who are not familiar with Guan Heong, it is a traditional Chinese biscuit shop with nearly a century-old history that specializes in meat floss biscuit, wedding biscuits, cookies, moon cakes, sweets and etc.
Handmade biscuits with meat as fillings are what they are famous for and they come in three different flavors – Floss with Lotus Paste, Floss with Salted Egg and Dried Pork a.k.a Bakkwa. There are 9 pieces in each box (standard moon cake box dimension) so you could guess their relative size, which is about 2.5 times the size of a normal tambun biscuit. They are individually sealed for freshness too.
The meat floss biscuits are flaky and crumbly with a slight crisp to them, while the bottom part is slightly thicker and crunchy. The fillings are generous and packed full with meat floss so you don’t feel shortchanged. I feel all of them are equally tasty with a combination of sweet and salty flavors. The Bakkwa version has the pork jerky made into a paste as filling but still retains the savory, smoky taste and aroma. Every bite tastes like Chinese New Year.
Each flavor has with its own merits but if I had to pick one it has to be the one with egg yolk. Personally, anything with egg yolks may it be moon cake or dumpling just tastes better for me.
Anyway, if you have been buying meat floss biscuits various Ipoh biscuit shops it is highly likely that you already tasted Guan Heong’s since they also distribute their biscuits to most of them. I am planning a trip to Ipoh soon and Guan Heong’s shop will definitely be one of my stops.
Here’s their address and contact details:
Guan Heong Biscuit Shop
160, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 05-2412399 / 017-5736277
Office Hour: Mon – Sat : 9am to 7pm ; Sun: 10am to 3pm