Barbecue meat mooncakes a big seller for Ipoh shop

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  • Friday, 13 Sep 2019

Pioneer of Ching Han Guan biscuits, Ching Chooi Hoe 71 produce one of the finest and signature traditional variety mooncakes such as the Dried Meat Mooncake in town since the old days.RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: Come every Mid-Autumn Festival, a beeline forms outside a quaint pre-war shophouse in Jalan Sultan Iskandar here for its barbecue meat lotus mooncakes.

These loyal customers cannot wait to get the mooncakes produced by Ching Han Guan Biscuits, which has been around since 1949.

Ching Chooi Hoe, 71, has been making these mooncakes ever since his father passed the recipe to him when he was 15.

He said ingredients like the special lotus paste are homemade.

“Since I am getting old now, my four children are helping me run the business, ” he said yesterday.

Ching’s 40-year-old son Soo Meng said their signature mooncake had lotus paste with bak kwa (dried meat) filling.

He said the last batch of these special mooncakes was sold out on Wednesday, leaving many customers disappointed.

“Since all the mooncakes are handmade, we don’t have the capacity to take big orders.

“Many customers still came to the shop today (yesterday), but sadly we had to turn them down, ” he added.

During the festive period, Soo Meng said they would usually also prepare a special eight-inch lotus paste mooncake filled with walnuts, melon seeds and 12 egg yolks.

He said only about 25 of these mooncakes were made each day for a period of time, and that too sold out fast.

“Many regulars order the eight-inch mooncakes but there are also some first-timers who bought them out of curiosity, ” he said.

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