Sunday, December 17, 2017

Yuen Fatt Biscuit Confectionery (源發餅家) & Its Unique Shanghai Mooncake @ Kluang [Johor, Malaysia]

Our fingers were crossed when we stepped into Yuen Fatt Biscuit; just ten minutes ago, we were at another famous Kluang confectionery (Tong Huat) and its signature offerings were all sold out! 

Left of the shop where all the "biscuits" were; note the Chinese word for biscuits and pastries is the same and used interchangeably here in Asia.

Right side consisted of items not from the kitchen of the bakery like 3-in-1 coffee, instant noodles, sauces and even packaged herbs and spices mixes to cook bak kut teh, tea leaves eggs etc. 

Strangely, there's a fridge where you can find western-style confectionery too (like Swiss rolls) and that's rather uncommon for most traditional Chinese bakeries. 

I am not exactly what you call a traditionalist and prefer to let my taste buds make the eventual decision. As we would be having dinner at Star restaurant soon, i had to give up my intention to try their mini cheese cake (original)! 

Been a while since i last seen such paper packaging for Chinese pastries; it was the norm when i was a kid! Tau sar piah is actually the thing everyone will buy at Tong Huat and since we didn't have the luck; it's revenge time at Yuen Fatt! 

Didn't know whether to choose sweet or salty? Sample them! 

Picture taken at my office where my fellow colleagues and i unravelled the precious pieces of round shaped tau sar piah from its paper packaging. 

5 pieces in a roll that cost RM 3.40 (about S$1.10); each was blessed with generous amount of filling and the salty ones were noticeably better than the sweet ones. My sister loved it so much; i heard she finished a roll in one seating! 

Don't like tau sar peah? There's heong piah too! Actually, i am quite lost on the Malaysian terminology for Chinese pastries as Singapore might use another term; for example, heong piah and beh teh saw.

Their unusual shape was bound to attract attention yet it didn't create a big hooha for visitors to Yuen Fatt as they should be fully aware that these unique Shanghai mooncakes (yes, they are mooncakes) were the most popular item in the confectionery! 

Lotus paste, pandan with salted yolk and lotus with salted yolk; i honestly didn't know how to differentiate them apart aside from the pandan which was green. Guess you can draw references to a lot of things from the shape and i am not going to tell you what my initial thought was as that "thing" wasn't appealing. 

Unsure what was good and i got one lotus paste, one pandan with salted yolk and one black bean paste with salted yolk! Funny that i am buying mooncakes when i actually know how to make quite a good one! 

Anyway, these were handcrafted with no preservative and can be kept a maximum of 3 days (a week if you refrigerate them). The skin was pretty thick but the filling wasn't as sweet as the typical mooncakes we have; i would prefer some toasted melon seeds within the paste though. So, which was the best tasting? General consensus points towards the pandan mooncake with salted yolk! 

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Location
No. 39, Jalan Haji Manap Nordin, Kluang Baru, 
86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours
Mondays to Saturdays - 9 am till 7 pm
Sundays - Closed

Map

Check out my google map (look for Yuen Fatt Biscuit) as above. 

Facebook Page
p.s. they deliver to Singapore!

Pricing
Tau Sar Peah - RM 3.40 a pack
Lotus Paste Mooncake - RM 9.18 
Pandan Paste with Salted Yolk - RM 10.20
Black bean paste with Salted Yolk - RM 10.20


To read more about our short 2-day, 1-night road trip to Kluang, click here!

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