My housemate is from Teluk Intan and once she bought back a box of the Tiger brand tau sar pneah (tambun biscuits/mung bean biscuits) for me.
I didn’t exactly shriek in delight though I love these tau sar pneah in general. To me, tau sar pneah must be from Penang. I mean, we are known for our tau sar pneah right?
Besides, a whole box! If I don’t like it (which is the norm because I’m so picky about my food) what am I going to do with them??
I didn’t expect that these turned out to be better than the ones I’ve had in Penang (Him Heang and Ghee Hiang and all the other brands). I took opened one to try and was absolutely thrilled to bite into the soft yet crispy pastry skin which was not too greasy nor thick. That, coupled with the soft and fragrant (of shallots) mung bean paste; made me declare cheat day instantly for I couldn’t stop at one!
Each biscuit offers a good balance of sweet and savoury on the palate as it wasn’t just plain sweet mung bean paste but teased with a little salty aftertaste.
The addition of fried shallots added a element of savouriness and a lovely aroma.
After I gushed about them to my housemate, she came back with another box recently.
This is from Yee Thye instead. She claimed that it is also another famous brand for tambun biscuits.
In comparison this Yee Thye brand has a crunchier skin (which can only mean more oil) and the mung bean paste is finer (more powdery so to speak).
It doesn’t have as much shallots as the Tiger brand one but tasty nonetheless.
I can’t quite decide which I like better; the Tiger or the Yee Thye.
In fact depending on my mood swings, I tend to prefer one over the other at times.
Whichever it is, I like them both and I think they are definitely worth buying if you’re in Ipoh or Teluk Intan!
Since it was a gift, I do not have the price but I can’t imagine each box to be more than RM15.00.
I asked my housemate but she bought a few boxes at one go and couldn’t remember the price.
The Tiger brand one came in 4 individual packs of 3 x 2 rows (6 pieces of biscuits) so total is 24 biscuits.
The Yee Thye is 4 packs of 4 biscuits; total is 16 biscuits.
So, what’s your favourite tau sar pneah (tambun biscuits) brand? Do share!