Friday, September 10, 2021

Moon Cakes from Sin Weng Fai - Ipoh

Yesterday was my first trip crossing interstate for work reasons with a permit letter. We both drove to Kampar and Ipoh for a day trip, passing through a total of 4 police road blocks. It was the first time we took the brand new car for a spin out of town, so the ride was comfortable. It was so nice to drive along the highway and admire the mountains, forests and green trees. The stress in my head became lighter and evaporated eventually.

On our way back to KL, we decided to buy the famous moon cakes from Ipoh. The best shop had sold out everything at noon! The 2nd best shop was even more scary, as we saw the very long queue of 100 anxious buyers lining the whole corridor until the side road and spilled to the back lane! OMG!! They were all holding umbrellas under the hot scorching sun waiting and waiting forever. Last year, we managed to buy from this shop but the queue was like 1/3. This year was crazy and I refused to queue up as there was hardly SOP. Each buyer could only buy maximum 2 boxes and that's not enough lah. So many Ah Koos, Ah Seh and Ah Tees on my wife's side. She would always give them annually like a good child in keeping with the Chinese traditions.




So, we had to head over to Jalan Yau Tet Shin where it's like a wholesale street of many snack shops selling moon cakes. We were advised by a fussy local friend Ah Kit that SIN WENG FAI Peanut Candy Shop is the best.



Everything is freshly made inside the shop, in full view of the customers. The prices are unbelievably cheap for their variety of mooncakes when compared to KL's sky high prices that reach the Moon! All the moon cakes are priced from RM8.00 each and above. My wife bought 10 boxes and over 10 pomelo fruits too. She paid for them, so I am not sure how much each flavour costs.




The box of moon cakes.




4 pieces inside.




We gave this box to Bruce Lee who landed in the hospital for tummy ache. We asked him to cut one piece for us to try. The pandan flavoured moon cake is yummy and fresh with lots of melon seeds. Wait till I try other flavours like double yolk lotus and assorted nuts. Will update this post later lah.




Happy Mid Autumn Festival





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23 comments:

  1. Looks good. With fresh ingredients and they only charge RM8. Not bad. These are cheaper than lots of big brands. LOL :D

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    1. I don't understand why so many brands are selling like between RM18 to RM25 each and yet so many people bought them. Those sold by 5 Star hotels come in fancy boxes and charge RM188 each set.

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  2. I always like the moon cakes from Ming Yue at Pasar Pinji Ipoh but this year I don't have the chance to taste it. There are agents in KL selling at exorbitant price. Ming Yue also make good peanut cookies.

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    1. My wife used to make moon cakes yearly and the cost price is less than RM2.50 each. If wholesale makers, I bet they could bring down costs to RM1.50 each easily. Lots of robbers out there to catch gullible buyers like us.

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    1. Few days before full moon, you might get 50% to 70% OFF!! Lelong price!

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    2. Ate so many mooncakes this year...

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  4. RM8 is super cheap! i m still waiting for price slash to get myself one....LOL! the mooncakes in KL are 'imported from the moon' hence the skyhigh price....

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    1. Only in Ipoh we could find all for less than RM10 each. Wait for 2 days before Full Moon, when the lelong price will happen.

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  5. So you came to IPOH! Yes, the mooncake prices in shops like these are very reasonable compared to those sold in restaurants... Enjoy!!

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    1. Yes I went to your haven. Ipoh is now the best town for snack food besides delicious hawker food.

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  6. Glad to know that you managed to cross interstate (safely) recently to relieve some of your stress. I think many of us take going outstation for granted (when we had the freedom to do so) and wanting to reach our destination as soon as possible. Now that we have been 'locked up' for so long, I can understand why you took the time to admire the mountains, forests and green trees...lol.

    OMG, people are still afraid to dine-in (even when it's allowed now) but people are not afraid to queue up in throngs to buy mooncakes! O_O I guess when it comes to something they really want, they'll just throw caution to the wind! >_< Good that you went to another less 'hectic' shop as it's not worth it to Q up like that in such times (safety first). I'm sure your wife's recipients won't mind if they're not from the best or 2nd best shop...it's the thought that counts! ;)

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    1. Gone were the days I used to drive KL-Penang in 2.5 hours. Now my wife says I drive like old man or tortoise and could admire the trees and birds flying while snacking at the steering.

      It was a very shocking sight to see the queue of fearless mooncake die hard fans in Ipoh. We saw someone posted 2 pieces of Assorted Nuts moon cakes from that shop on Shoppee. That seller tagged the price for over RM100 for 2 pieces. That's insane and ridiculous.

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  7. Mooncakes selling in these shops are definitely cheaper and taste wise they are good too. The shop you went to is famous for peanut candy too. Used to see long queue waiting to buy peanut candy before the pandemic. Very soon, all vaccinated people can cross state.

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    1. You are more familiar with Ipoh than me. I was speechless to see the prices in Ipoh compared to sky high Moon Cakes in KL. I am waiting for inter state travels soon. I want to go and relax by the beach so badly.

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  8. Happy inter-state traveling. I need to release my stress too. RM8 is such a good price. Here in sg, four pieces of yam mooncakes cost S$52. Faint! Would you be going back to your home town Penang? Happy mid autumn festival to you and your wifey. Have a good piece of mooncakes and a sip of tea while admiring the moon.

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    1. The inter state travels within Malaysia is not allowed yet. Only those with urgent matters and work related have to produce valid letters to show the police at various road blocks. No escaping!

      I knew that moon cakes in Singapore are more costly than the moon itself. LOLOL Wakakaka. The standard of living is much higher due to your strong dollars. The only things very cheap are from those $2 Dollar shops which is popular with cheapo Malaysians like me.

      Thanks for your wishes. I am checking now the actual date of this Mid Autumn Festival so that I can boil hot tea to sip and admire the big MOON.

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  9. How nice that you got to travel and some more can buy very affordable mooncakes. Over here the prices are so ridiculous and I have scaled down buying mooncakes. My favorite flavor is always pandan lotus paste and better still with an egg yolk!

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  10. Happy Mid Autumn in advance!! I like pandan flavoured mooncake. This year, I only managed to taste white lotus and pure lotus with single yolk.

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  11. how lucky are you—getting to take your new wheels out for a spin! i miss long drives. i reckon the first one i'd do would be to a waterfall retreat on my ownsome. i really do miss being in the jungle.

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  12. I know how popular the moon cakes are from Nancy, the Ipoh blogger, and I'm glad you got some from the trip to the same. The cakes look yummy! Enjoy

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  13. I don't care much about those famous peanut candies, Kaya Puffs or mooncakes, one thing that I'll get from one of the famous bakery shop at Ipoh (which is well known for its Kaya Puffs) is lekor biscuit.

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  14. wow, i can feel your excitement. Driving to another state in a new car, and I guess the highway is quiet empty? You should have stayed overnight.

    btw, Happy Mid Autumn festival to you.

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