I was raised in Sitiawan from Primary 4 until I left for college. When it comes to Sitiawan, one delicacy that you MUST try is:
Gong Pian, Gong Phiang, Kong Piang, Kompiang.. however you spell it, it only means one thing : Biscuit made of lard, onions, salt and flour with either onion or minced pork fillings which is then slapped onto the sides of a traditional Chinese oven. It will stick at the side of the oven while it is baked (approximately 15 minutes).
I remember fondly after I left Sitiawan for college, I got so home-sicked that it drives me crazy being alone in KL every single day. I crossed out the dates on the calender every morning waiting for my next trip back home to Sitiawan. When I finally got back to Sitiawan one fine day, my elder sister who was residing in Ayer Tawar then bought some kompiangs home. It was heaven sent! THAT was the last time I had kompiangs as my family shifted back to Malacca soon after and I never returned to Sitiawan since. That was in 1998.
Today on a lazy Wednesday morning, I got a message from my Sitiawan friend David that he bought some gong phiangs for me! That perks me up instantly!
Immediately I recalled the strong, enticing aroma of the fragrant onion biscuit and I started floating… Morning turned to afternoon, evening took over and finally it is dinner time.
I met David, his wife JC and son Gideon over dinner when I was given this:
Not two, not five but TEN pieces of fresh Gong Phiang with lots of chopped onions inside.
This is too good to be true! 14 years! I’ve waited 14 years for this… *overcome with emotion*
Can you see the fat, juicy onions?
Yummy!! In case you have not heard or tasted Kompiang, this biscuit is crispy when it is fresh out of the oven but will turn a little chewy shortly after, slightly salty and definitely fragrant! I don’t know how much they are sold now as JC refused to accept payment for these… See JC? Because of that my blog post is incomplete, no price stated :P
Not only they got me kompiangs, they also got me TEN of these little cuties. I dunno what they are called but I think I heard David saying ‘tausa piang’ or something like that!
Took a bite of it and love the sweet filling inside.
It was 10pm yet I am still munching on both kompiangs and the tausa piang. There goes my diet..
At the time of writing, I’ve downed 3 kompiangs and 2 tausa piangs! My goodness!
Oh yeah! Not only did they got me kompiangs and tausa piangs but they got me ONE more precious delicacy from Sitiawan – the famous Kampung Koh Cili Sos! OMG!
Kampung Koh is extremely famous for their chili sauce that it is exported to countries such as Australia! You know how strict Australia is on food imports? But this humble Kampung Koh chili sauce made it there. This sauce is so fragrant and goes very well with dim sum or anything. ANYTHING at all! You can even dip your kompiangs in it ^_^
It is THAT good! Hahahahaha…. >_<
I forced JC, David and Gideon for a round of Snowflake after dinner eventhough David is dead tired after the long drive today ^_^
Thank you Jin Chuew, David (and Gideon) for all of the above. Thank you so much for coming all the way to meet me just to give me all those. Really appreciate it alot. I’m going to have a really sweet dream tonight… :D
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Wah! The Gong Phiang looks delicious!! Yum!!
It really IS! If you love onions, this is BOMB! :D
Wow…the kompiang looks yummy. :D
It tastes even better :)
Oh! From the looks of it, this is more or less like heong peah or phong peah? VERY different from our Sibu Foochow kompia, pronounced “kom miang” in Foochow. Well, even someone Ipoh born and bred thought ours are nicer. You will just have to come over and give it a try… You’ll be begging for more…more…and more! Yum! Yum! LOL!!!
I know.. I have to try Sibu’s kompia one day. They are always compared to the Sitiawan ones… Let’s see if that will get me begging for more :P
Haa haaa haa… Happy to see your whole family enjoying it. Ok, ok… Help you complete your blog post. ;) Each kompiang cost 80 sen and these are the onion filling ones. Not sure how much sre thr pork ones as thry did not have any left for sale when I got there.
Thank you David for COMPLETING my post! Haha… you are too kind ^_^
Kompiang!!! May eat this.. I ate once from Sibu d.. dunno same taste onot!
I heard from Arthur regarding the Sibu ones… hmm.. must really try it out one day :)
Kompiang, I never tried before though I stay quite near to Sitiawan. Last time, my husband stayed there because of work. He said not nice and he never bought for me to try.
Aiyak ur hubs! But maybe he knows your taste Sheoh Yan. You are health conscious so I reckon this might not suit you well too… :D
We can’t get it at KL?
Nope… not at the moment.
Anymore left since I can’t get it in KL at this point in time? :) Frankly, I have not try this before and only heard about it from you guys punya post but it definitely looks yummylicious.
Hehe… u have to make a trip to sitiawan early in the morning to get this. Or go befriend some kind sitiawan folks who might bring it down to kl like my friend David did! hahaha…
I love the Kampong Koh chili sauce… Available here but the label looks different:
…and I winder what Pain 100% means…
Pain 100%? haha…
The Gong Phiang look tempting wor. How come I dunno about this Gong Phiang?? Everytime I bring home Gai Zai Phiang from Sitiawan hahaha
Vicky, u from Sitiawan?
wow, looks delicious leh.. but quite different from the sibu kompiah featured by suituapui.. but both also nice, have you tried the kompiang with the chili sauce?? :p
The kompiang look delicious because has got onions in them. I love anything with onions. That kg Koh cilli sauce is my family’s favourite. Really nice to dip with dim sum.
Never tried kompiang before but they look delicious with all the onions! Me too love the Kg. Koh cili sauce!
I super love this too, esp the onion one! My best friend in uni was from Sitiawan and I used to look forward to her balik kampung trips cos she would give me a big bag of these kompiangs when she returned, everytime without fail. Now, that’s like 14 years ago too. Miss it very much…
kg koh sauce chilli combine with kompiang ?? never try that before!
sounds to be a great idea, will try it next time haha!
Haha… you try it and tell me how it tastes like okay? *coz I did not try it myself* :P
would you mind if i borrow some of your picture for personal use?
Gasp!… personal? How personal? What you going to do with them? ^_^