Saturday, September 17, 2005

Neglected Piggy in Basket

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Whenever Mid-Autumn Lantern (aka Mooncake) Festival comes around, I begin my annual hunt, not for delectable mooncakes but rather, for a childhood favourite snack which for some weird reason is only sold during this same period - yup, I'm talking about the little 'piglet in the basket' ("jyu zai beng" in Cantonese)!

Each of these biscuits is shaped in the form of a 'piglet' - you can just about make out the snout, indented ears, very plump-looking torso, and yes, a little knob at the end denoting the tail! They are usually packaged in oblong bright multi-colored (predominantly red and yellow colors) plastic baskets, though the ones I found the other day were in these really authentic and traditional-looking rattan baskets. The ones in the basket are from the famous Kee-Wah Bakery (from Hong Kong) and the fat-looking one in the foreground is from the other equally famous Hang Heung Bakery (also from HK) - though, I didn't have to make a trip up to HK for them - just pop down to Basement 1 of Great World City (Singapore) where both shops have set up kiosks during this period to market their mooncakes and other snacks.

These 'piglets' are actually made from the same pastry used for the outer shell of the traditional baked mooncakes. While some can be a little dry, there are others which are just the right balance between firm yet moist, making chewing into it a pleasure - especially for some of us who prefer the pastry shell of mooncakes to the lotus paste and egg yolk filling within.

Weird? I blame it on childhood conditioning. My mum never failed to get these for us kids when we were young as they were easy to hold in our hands and munch as we ran around with our little lighted lanterns. Sadly, these little 'piggies' are ever so neglected each year as the attention is focused time and again on the more glamourous mooncake with their variety of fillings - so, here's my post to encourage you to look for that little 'piglet' before it disappears altogether.

Oh, as a last note, personally, I rated the Hang Heung ones better based on my firm yet moist chewing pleasure test!

14 Comments:

Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

well, our generation is different. Youngster nowadays dont even know what it is. It was a treat in those days, aint it ?

LOLZ

9/17/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger J said...

hi cath, you're absolutely right...now that you mention it, i think my peculiar fixation with pigs in a basket stems from childhood conditioning...

9/17/2005 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger dave said...

It is definitely childhood memories and they are nice ones too.

9/18/2005 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi foodcrazee and dave, makes me feel kinda old when we start to use words like those old days, our generation, childhood memories.... sigh!

hi j, there are a lot of stuff I fairly or unfairly attribute to childhood conditioning - easiest way out to explain any wayward / weird behaviour... :)

9/18/2005 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Hey, I love piggy biscuits too! Yours look scrummy. And I'm loving the rustic rattan baskets. :)

9/19/2005 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous S said...

Ooh, cath. They're my fave too! I remember being told that they're usually fashioned out of the pastry left over from making mooncake skins. Thanks for putting them all to the taste test!

9/19/2005 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

cath, its fact ! lolz

9/19/2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger babe_kl said...

wow so nice the basket, all we have here in KL are made of plastics!

9/19/2005 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi julia, I can tell your love for them by the piglets with ribbons that you've posted! so so cute...

hi S - it's great to know that these 'piglets' are quite the fave amongst foodies!

aiyoh, foodcrazee, sometimes we prefer fiction to fact-lah! :)

hi babe_kl - I admit it was the rattan baskets that attracted me to the kiosk in the first place!

9/19/2005 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Clare Eats said...

They are so cute EC!!!!

9/20/2005 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

I love those little piggies and I still eat them rather than mooncakes.

9/22/2005 03:55:00 AM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

Yeah, at least the dough is nice without all those SWEET paste, boo.

9/22/2005 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

sama-sama over here, boo!

9/22/2005 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger mc said...

that pig-ture certainly recalled alot of memories. and cravings. :)

thanks for the greatworld city basement tip off!

2/18/2009 06:09:00 PM  

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