Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oldie but cookie

I'm a sentimental sort of gal & a sucker for anything nostalgic. It's not a case of "in the good old days or when I was your age" sort of thing although I'm now old enough to say that. Even when I was in my twenties, I'd always been drawn to retro stuff.

There is a pastry shop near my office that has a huge following. Every lunch time it is packed so it was only when we were there on a Saturday, I was able to browse freely.

I love these old style pastries. The peanut biscuits, the *wife cakes*, the sweet rice cakes (not to be confused with the Japanese crackers). You don't find these just any where - most definitely not at Bread Talk (although I'm a big fan) nor your Western style p√Ętisseries.

Remember these....

and these

I forgot to take a picture of them but The Girl love the little round biscuits with the colorful twirls. We bought a packet & they were all gone by the time we arrived home.

Tan Hock Seng
86 Telok Ayer Street


Anonymous said...

Going by the name of the shop, the owners are Hokkiens. Never been there. But I do remember as a kid, Hokkien folks about to get married used to distribute soft peanut & hard peanut candies wrapped in red paper. Those red paper used to stain my fingers way back in the 1970s. I really missed eating those, very yummy.

Its out of fashion now but I recently came across a very young lady who loves nostalgia & had those distributed to her relatives before her wedding. Forget cupcakes or chocolates, Chinese traditional sweets is the way to go.

Beau Lotus said...

I super love those colourful wafers and pig's ear biscuits! Always make it a point to buy them when I am home. When I was a kid, I used to buy the wafers out of a big tin box. Those were the days...

There's another one that I like, flat with swirls, probably made with spices.

petite fleur said...

Anon - I believe classics never really go out of fashion. Chinese traditional sweets are classics

Lotus - Oh yes they used to come in tin boxes. Don't remember the flat with swirls but will go check that out at lunch time tomorrow