I consider a particular country/region’s range of delicacies to be an exquisite way in discovering a part of its glorious culture. That’s primarily the reason why I LOVE shopping for these types whenever we are blessed enough to travel. I’ve heard that Kuala Lumpur has some of the best delicacies in Southeast Asia and after having tasted the following, I think that I have to agree.
Here are 6 delicacies I’ve chosen and bought from Oloiya by Syarikat Kiew Brothers, a popular distributor of Malaysian delicacies. I understand that they have lots of branches in the region but I’ve been to only two-the one at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and the other one tucked away along the famed Jalan Alor streets which sold all of these delicacies for around 2 RM or PHP 28 less. Anyway, allow me to share with you some of the great-tasting treats I bought that rainy day in December 2011 at Pavilion KL.
Malaysian Delicacies from Oloiya at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
1. Shat Kek Ma (RM 6.80 or PHP 95.30)
Four big pieces of Shat Kek Ma found in a box
2. Dodol ( RM 9.50 or PHP 133.20)
3. Hakka Dried Beef (RM 18.48 or PHP 259.10)
A big strip of Hakka Dried Beef
Cooked Hakka Dried Beef
4. Kerepek Perisa Ikan Bilis or Anchovy Cracker (RM 7 or PHP 98.20)
5. Tau Sau Peah or Tambun Biscuit (RM 12 or PHP 168.30)
When I first saw it and later on tasted this popular snack from Penang, I thought that it resembled our native delicacy called hopia in some way. But Tau Sau Peah is much smaller and crispier since it’s intrinsically a baked biscuit. It has a semi-sweet filling that reminded me of our hopiang monggo since it is also made from green beans. It’s a refreshing twist to our own hopia which I find both amusing and comforting.
6. Heong Peah or Sesame Biscuit (RM 8.30 or PHP 116.40)
Oloiya by Syarikat Kiew Brothers
Lot No.1.12.00 Level 1
Syarikat Kiew Brothers