I guess things becoming smaller sometime bigger compare to the pass, for human convenient eg. The White pau (soft white steamed bun) that used to be the size of average human palm have become smaller. Does this mean the quality is degraded? No, I think. Asking my mom, she most of the time say yes, “the old is better” That I leave you guys to decide.
As Malaysian, many of us know Tau Sar Pneah. When I go to Penang most of time for tour, i surely want to buy back Tau Sar Pneah. How did, this delicious mini, flaky, mouth mite size ball came about ? Hmm
According to History, Penang became a port, when Francis Light introduced the Island in end of 1700s to the British India Company. In an idea for new trading (Book a Penang tour with JohnsonMalaysia.com) next came Singapore in 1830s. The Port, started to magnet traders inn, business started to grow, new opportunity brought the Chinese people from south China like Fujian to South East Asia. They came calling it Nanyang. Along same time they also brought the home bakery technics. One biscuit is called “Tau Sar Pneah”
Earlier, Tau Sar Pneah introduce by the Chinese forefathers were bigger, less flaky, topped with sesame seeds, pastry and filled with generous slightly hard Green Gram paste. The Malaysian Indian call the stuffing “Pacha Pasipare” or Malay’s is call it “Kacang Hijau”. This Legume gram has high protein and energy for good health. Our elderly folks knew the good staffs body.
Evolving with time, we today have the luxury to taste variety of foods, hence one bakery innovated further Tau Sar Pneah having in mind how make it in one size that could fit in mouth wollah ! A new star was born, the mini Tau Sah Pneah or Biscuit Tambun. Tambun is place near Ipoh Perak. (Book a Tour a tour to lost world of Tambun and Ipoh with JohnsonMalaysia).
Not only in Penang there is an old neoclassic shop in Kuala Lumpur that does Tambun Biscuits in Traditional ways (Book a Food tour with JohnsonMalaysia.com). There is another place, up north call Lau Si Ho Enterprise Special Tambun Biscuit located in Sungai Petani, means Farmer’s River. We are able to see in Lau Zi Ho Enterprise how the woman folks do Tambun Biscuits in old ways.
The Tambun or Tau Sar Pneah is nicely packed in plastic and in Paper box, unlike the old ways, it was in a row of 5 and rolled in paper. Damage by crushed biscuits made them to rethink. The dough layer was doubled. The pass Tau Sar Pheah was thinner dough and more Green Gram but it was easily crushed hence the current version has double layer dough to be more robust for handling.
If you in Penang .Visit
216, Macalister Road,
Time: 9am-9pm (daily)
If you are in Sungai Petani, visit :
Lou Zi Ho Enterprise
746, Jalan Kuala Ketil, 08000
Phone : 04-4233266