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Gunung Rapat's BEST Heong Peah (Fragrant Biscuits) in Ipoh
Surprise, surprise. Aside from the usual restaurant review, or the routine(mundane?)-ly predictable hawker food crawl, this time around, allow me to introduce a very simple food, or rather, snack. A favourite of many, spanning the generations (most notably, the younger ones); Heong Peah (Heong Peng in Cantonese) or literally translated to 'Fragrant Biscuits', is one of Ipoh's most popular confectionery.

Seng Kee Food Trading

Mention the origins of Heong Peng, and most would point to Gunung Rapat in Ipoh as the birthplace of the delightful biscuit.

Seng Kee Food Trading

P/S : Do take note that Taiping and Teluk Intan have their own respective version, and followers as well.

Seng Kee Food Trading

The name of Yee Hup has been making rounds since they expanded from the production site of a house (or rather, a shack) to several outlets everywhere in Ipoh, selling various confectioneries, aside from their main forte. However, with commercialization, comes a price. And the traditional method of baking/roasting the biscuits in huge, clay/wooden ovens fuelled by burning coconut husks was slowly omitted and breached extinction.

Seng Kee Food Trading

Then comes Seng Kee. Akin to finding light at the end of the tunnel, I was introduced to this simple house in Gunung Rapat, that still produces Heong Peah the traditional way, without much fanfare, but not without its own legion of fans.

Seng Kee Food Trading

The crunchy, fragrant & smoky flavour of the outer layers crumble when one sinks his teeth into it, revealing thick, sweet and gooey filling of molasses. Words cannot describe the utter delight of reliving all those childhood memories once again. The biscuits remain crispy on the outside, even after a few days post-production.

Seng Kee Food Trading

Seng Kee sells other types of confectioneries as well, all from the vicinity of the house-cum-factory on Lorong Gunung Rapat 3, within walking distance from the Gunung Rapat market. Another one of my most favourite traditional biscuit, the Hup Tou Soh, or Walnut Cookie is another irresistible pick.

So if you're one who's longing for a traditional taste of Ipoh's Gunung Rapat's Heong Peah, look no further. Throw caution to the wind, don't embrace commercialization, but instead seek the original version, done the original way.

Seng Kee Food Trading
No. 177, Lorong Gunung Rapat 3,
Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, Perak.
article and photo by Motormouth From Ipoh  |  Permalink
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