Confectionery drawing the crowd

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 13 Dec 2019

A customer choosing tau sar peah at Chop Kian Lai Seng shop at Jalan Rahmat, Bandar Penggaram, Batu Pahat.

BATU PAHAT: A confectionery selling mung bean pastry or popularly known as tau sar peah here has been attracting loyal customers for the past seven decades.

Customers not only come from Batu Pahat and other districts in Johor but from other states as well as Indonesia and Singapore.

Chop Kian Lai Seng at Jalan Rahmat in Bandar Penggaram here was opened by Tan Kai Teck in 1949, when he was 20 years old.

“My father Tan Lai Seng took over the business from my grandfather Kai Teck when he was also about 20 years old, ’’ said current operator Tan Chin Hock, 60.

He said his grandfather Kai Teck handed over the family business to his father Lai Seng after running the shop for about 10 years.

Chin Hock said when he was a small boy, there were more than 10 shops selling tau sar peah in Bandar Penggaram but that now only two including Chop Kian Lai Seng were still open.

The shop sells 20 types of confectionery, with the best selling item tau sar peah prepared with salty and sweet fillings, hei piai (sugar filling) and peng bin (fried onions).

“We have been making the original tau sar peah biscuits using our family recipe for the past 70 years, ’’ he said.

Chin Hock started as a kitchen helper when he was 20 years old and is now managing the shop with eight workers.

He said in the earlier days, the shop used wood-fired ovens to bake the biscuits.

“The smoke emitted during the baking process gave the biscuits a smoky flavour. Now we are using electric ovens, ’’ said Chin Hock.

Chin Hock said his shop continued to offer the original tau sar peah although there were many new versions such as with durian and sambal fillings in the market.

“Our customers still prefer the original tau sar peah with salty and sweet bean fillings, ’’ he said.

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