Shuang xi – Double Happiness
Weddings are always such joyous occasions, and what better way to celebrate them than with good food. It is rare these days for young couples to choose to give such traditional wedding favours to family and friends, but I am glad my cousin did.
Teochew Wedding Favours
Salty Tau Sar Piah | Lar Piah | Assorted Crisps (White Sesame, Black Sesame, Pistachio, Rice Puffs, Peanut)
Coming from a traditional Teochew family, I grew up eating Lar Piah, a kind of traditional Teochew mooncake that came way before those flaky skinned yam moon cakes we all enjoy today. It is essentially a flaky skinned mooncake (yet different from that of said yam mooncakes) baked in pig lard and filled with smooth sweet tau sar (bean paste) filling. Unhealthy, yes I heard you.
Thye Moh Chan does the best I’ve eaten and I was a tad disappointed when the old uncle who ran the place decided to retire. Thank God for corporate chains like the good people at Breadtalk who bought the recipe and are keeping tradition going, albeit at a higher price. But what’s there to complain about if it still tastes just as good? These aren’t just wedding favours, they are also mooncakes so why not try something a little different this Mid-Autumn Festival?