Friday, November 22, 2013

Foodie Fridays: "Old school" Tau Sar Piah 豆沙饼

Tau Sar Piah literally translated as "bean paste biscuit". Is Tau Sar Piah considered an "old school" snack that has been long forgotten or unrecognized by the younger generation? 
I don't know about you, but I am one of those generation from the 70's who appreciate Tau Sar Piah. I never liked the packed Tau Sar Piah sold in supermarket because the crust are hard, fillings are dry, not tasty, and not fresh. My first encounter with fresh Tau Sar Piah can be traced way back when I was a primary school kid. I can still remember the freshly baked Tau Sar Piah from my mom's hometown in Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia; is just perfect! The crust was crunchy yet flaky at the same time, and the fillings (sweet or salty) was just right.
I read from Dr. Leslie Tay's blog about a brief history of how the Tau Sar Piah came about, and am pleased to read about the famous Tau Siar Piah confectionery: Loong Fatt 龍發. I like Loong Fatt's Tau Sar Piah because it is freshly baked; the crust is fragrance, flaky with buttery taste and it melts-in-your-mouth. The fillings are perfectly balanced. Not too sweet nor salty, but just nice! They specialized in sweet 甜 and salty 咸 Tau Sar Piah.

I must admit that I love freshly baked Tau Sar Piah! Please do not claim that you had tasted Tau Sar Piah if you had only tried those pre-packed Tau Sar Piah wrapped in pink or white paper sold in supermarket. If you wanna taste the goodness of Tau Sar Piah, Balestier is where you should be heading to, as it is well known for Tau Sar Piah.

Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery 龍發餐室西果屋
Location: 639 Balestier Road
Tel: 62534584
Price: S$0.60 each
Closed on Sunday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Horse Riding

Did you know that horses are the most loyal animals, next to dogs?

School holiday is just around the corner?! Are you looking to explore fun filled activities that parents and children can enjoy together and give your family life a boost? Look no further than horse riding!

Fun Riding
Children can experience the feeling on the back of the horse as the trainer takes the children for a ride around the yard. This is an excellent opportunity to expose the young children to horse riding.
Jungle Trail
Besides fun rides, adults and children (with guardian) can choose to go with jungle trail. Jungle trail takes you into the adjacent oil palm estate that leads you to the Straits of Johor overlooking Pulau Ubin, Singapore. Approximately 45 minutes to an hour's trail. For many of the riders, it was their time interacting closely with horses. 
Friend riding with her 5 years old son

Friend riding with his 2 years old girl
If you are first timer, like me? No worries. Mos, the owner will take you through the lesson. All horses are tamed. We were taught how to get the horse moving by kicking on the sides of its body. To move right or left, we just pulled the reins to either side. Most importantly, we have to ensure that our fingers are holding onto the reins at all time (even when you are posing for picture).

Good news, the horse riding is open to public. No membership is required! No transport? No worries, give them a call, pick up service to&fro JB causeway can be arrange. The jungle trail horse riding is reasonably price at RM100 net/person. (Date visited: 2 November 2013)

Armigos Horse Riding
Address: Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort, Jalan Tanjong Puteri 1, 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia (it is located within the compound of Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort)
Tel: +6012-7966806 or +6012-7772598
Email: or

If you need more information, click HERE. P.S: covered shoe and long pants required.