Yong Peng Buy: Eng Hin (永兴福州饼面厂) Hokchew Biscuits & Kompias
Yong Peng is a town in Batu Pahat District, Johor, and is also known as "Little Fuzhou" (小福州) of Malaysia due to many immigrants settling down there from Fuzhou in the old days. Most businesses in Yong Peng today continue the tradition of making traditional Fuzhou (a.k.a. "Hokchew" in dialect) specialties, such as noodle, vermicelli, biscuits, etc, and improving them over the years.
Eng Hin (永兴福州饼面厂) is a traditional bakery that makes traditional Hokchew biscuits and noodles that have been passed down for years. It is located along Jalan Besar, a trunk road in Yong Peng, and is easily accessible.
Eng Hin occupies two shop units, one as its bakery and the other for selling its freshly-made products, especially their popular Hokchew biscuits (福州饼), which are available in two sizes. The bigger Hokchew biscuit has a layer of white sesame seeds on it while the smaller version do not.
The filling of the big Hokchew biscuit uses candied winter melon and grated peanuts as main ingredients and is slightly chewy with roasted sesame fragrance. It is slightly sweet from the winter melon.
Other than Hokchew biscuits, jiguang biscuits (继光饼) or simply kompia (光饼) are another hot-seller of Eng Hin. Kompia is another Fuzhou specialty. Eng Hin offered three flavours of kompia — apart from the more common and traditional slightly salty kompia, they also have a mild-sweet version and a self-innovated wholemeal version.
The traditional (salty) version has sesame seeds on its crust. The plain-sweet version is easy to distinguish from the wholemeal version. Eng Hin's kompias have done away with the holes in the centre, which were traditionally created for a string to run through to hold several biscuits together for hanging around the neck — these biscuits were combat rations for soldiers during the Ming dynasty when fighting pirates.
The freshly-baked biscuits are soft with light saltiness / sweetness and are great for breakfast and for coffee breaks. Personally, I like them all but favour the wholemeal version more. But I will still buy all three versions the next time I visit Eng Hin again.
Another handmade product of Eng Hin is their Hokchew noodle and vermicelli, which I will definitely try to get some on the next trip.
Eng Hin (永兴福州饼面厂)
14, Jalan Besar, Taman Sembrong, 83700 Yong Peng, Johor, Malaysia
7am to 7pm | Closed on Thursday