Friday, July 01, 2011

Tasty Jiang Su Biscuits

I have seen this on Hong Kong TV dramas/movies since I was a kid; this is a type of biscuit which is packed for Imperial scholars/travellers as they embark on their journey/travel to the city for the Imperial examinations or just from one place to one place.
This has come to be known to me as a low cost/cost-saving food, as they are publicized as such, where the poorer scholars are often spotted in the movies/dramas with it.

I even gave it the name "Travel Biscuit", yeah, that's what I refer to it, and they are often depicted as hard and filled with flour.
In Cantonese, they are known as "Kong Sou Peng"

So, you can imagine my surprise at my Mummy's excitement when she told me that she bought a packet of Jiang Su Biscuits (name in Mandarin) when I got home.
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Alright, gone are the days when they are considered cheap biscuits, as for a packet of 4 pieces, I think they cost about RM3.50 (maybe it's cheap in the US, but it's considered expensive to the Asians for biscuits like these which only cost a few cents each. Then again, flour, sugar and egg prices have gone up considerably too...so, fair enough:)
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They are made of battered flour, with eggs and sugar; such simple ingredients, but they tasted great to me (I've always loved simple pastries like these:)
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Big and round, it's supposed to be a filling type of food. After all, it was created and meant for travelling scholars.
(I remembered it looking a lot bigger in movies, maybe this is the commercial version)

It's not as hard as I thought either, or as depicted in the movies. In fact, it reminded me of light egg cakes.
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Mummy cut this up into pieces so we could share, and guess what, we couldn't get enough of it! (yup, ALL of us loved it!:)

My verdict? I want more of Jiang Su biscuits!! :)
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Have another fabulous weekend, and I am gonna scout for Jiang Su..hehehe, but I am too busy this weekend...and the next week too!

11 comments:

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

They look very yummy. Wish we had them in the states. What would be similiar?

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Ooh, they look so tasty!

Three-Cookies said...

I want some of those, especially after the lunch I had! Those look quite large with an interesting texture. I will look for this when I visit KL

yummychunklet said...

These biscuits look perfect for travel! Light and fluffy!

Parsley Sage said...

I think I could embark on an epic journey with a few of these in my pack :) They look great!

Elisabeth said...

So moist and yummy, I wouldn't mind having a piece of that with my morning coffee!
Thanks for sharing:DDD

Food Glorious Food! said...

I want some too! Perfect with a cuppa!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

YUM! Oh I wish I had some right now with my coffee! If Only I could make them! They are probably hard to make huh?

Peggy said...

I'm a fan of simple pastries too! This looks great =)

Cooking Gallery said...

I've never had these, but they look indeed pretty tasty...!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Ohhh looks good. I have never tried this, but it's good to know and I put it in my knowledge. :-)

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