The Ipoh Lotus Meat Floss Pastry Mystery

Ipoh Pandan Lotus Meat Floss Pastry.jpg

Mom went up to Ipoh to visit some relatives and came home with enough pastries to throw a royal tea party. They came in assorted shapes and sizes. I asked her what they were repeatedly, and her only reply was “Just try lah. It’s delicious.”

Honestly, I was a little apprehensive at first. Unappealing as the next Tau Sar Piah from Penang, if I passed a shop selling these little unexciting morsels, I would not have given them a second glance.  I do not like Tau Sar Piah one bit if you have to know. So anything that remotely look like them gets pre-judged instantly. Then there’s the issue of the pandan (screwpine) flavoured and green coloured lotus paste content. Along with that, I’ve also got an issue with any pastries/buns that’s topped with meat floss. Repulsive to say the least. Can you imagined the look on my face? It was much like the cynical faces the judges had on TV’s reality-series Britain’s Got Talent when they first saw frumpy ol’ Susan Boyle. And just like judges, I took a bite and (can’t believe what I’m about to say next) I was simply blown away by Susan! I just continued popping a dozens of them thereafter. Just.Couldn’t.Stop.

Trying to ignore mum’s I-told-you-so look, I asked for the name of the bakery she got them from. To my disappointment, she had no recollection. My aunt, who’s in Canada now, took her to a shop downtown where she happily stocked up. So, here’s the question, can anybody help me out? Pray tell where these pastries are from? And before you ask, I’ve already checked the ugly-pink-‘Specially for You‘-super cina-rosy printed cake boxes they came in – zilch info! Please do tell if you (yes, you! *looking at J2Kfm’s direction*) have any clue. I need my fix soon.

Thanks in advance.

9 Responses to The Ipoh Lotus Meat Floss Pastry Mystery
  1. Life for Beginners
    September 28, 2009 | 2:34 am

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, them Tau Sar Piah's do nothing for me neither.

    But I'll reserve judgments on these alien-like morsels… ;)

  2. thenomadGourmand
    September 28, 2009 | 4:22 am

    Its this one..

    Didnt manage to go buy (looking accusing at Unka ..humrphh)
    the last time we were in Ipoh.
    Darn..and now ur saying its so yummy!


  3. J2Kfm
    September 28, 2009 | 6:53 am

    yup, TNG's right. it's ching han guan.
    gotta reserve lah, if public hols or wkends.
    and they got a version with salted egg also!!! (RM20 for 10 biji, a little pricey, so stick to the RM13.80 for 12 normal ones. hehe)

  4. chiselstone
    September 28, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    Dunno what they're called so you call them Susan?

  5. Vivien
    September 29, 2009 | 4:10 am

    ya, ching han guan shop in Ipoh sells those lotus paste chicken floss stuff, some even with salted egg in it, very delish, but the one i got from ching han guan, the lotus paste is brown colored not green.

  6. Nic (KHKL)
    September 29, 2009 | 5:07 am

    sounds like a fun day at McD. sundae cone with french fries…laugh all they want but it's kinda tasty! really interested in this hybrid la. when your mum going to ipoh again? can tumpang? hehehe…OR we go up there!

  7. qwazymonkey
    September 29, 2009 | 4:03 pm

    LFB: Ho-5 bro! But u should try this alien stuff. It's out of this world.

    TNG: I have my suspicions that it was from there, but so far no pictures online feature the pandan version. So I had my reservations. But, thanks anyway. Hope you're feeling better these days.

    J2Kfm: I tried the salted egg version too. Sinful!

    Chiselstone: U got a better name for it?

    Vivien: I'm with you on this. Never saw a green one associated to that famous bakery thus far.

    Nic: What do you mean? McD's sundae cones and fries are the best leh! Hot & Cold, Salty & Sweet. I still do it. Try it with Milkshakes too. Shiok! Better luck asking J2Kfm if he's flying to Singapore soon.

  8. Sean
    September 29, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    its name is not susan, so watch what you say, and if you still need it, then be on your way (to ipoh)…
    okaaaay, cheeeeeesy, sorrryyyy….

  9. CUMI & CIKI
    October 4, 2009 | 10:10 am

    oh yummie! this is the best snack in front of the Tee Vee.. but wait! cannot! we need to hv hot bods for the pool pahtey rite? hoho