After the “fun” activity in Tanjung Karang, we headed back to Pasir Penampang. Earlier when we had breakfast here, we drove past a couple of relatively large shops selling dried foodstuff, prawn crackers and all sorts of traditional snacks. So we decided to come back to check the shops out and do some shopping.
To be honest, these stuff you can actually get in those Chinese sundry shops closer to the city, and I don’t even know if they are cheaper in rural places like this. Well, we assume they are, but they may also prove to be not for all we know.
Still… we’re already here so… well, we bought a lot of stuff.
I mean, the mom and the sis bought a lot of stuff. Me? I bought only one thing which I brought back to Penang with me. This thing:
Do you recognize what this is? If you are a true blue Malaysian of the 1980s or older, I’m pretty sure you would recognize this.
I actually don’t know what this thing is called. Not even in Chinese. The only thing I know is I freakin’ love this.
It is basically (I think) crushed peanut and sugar mixture, compacted and hardened, then wrapped in paper…
I suppose you can call it, the peanut candy snack. That’s what I’ll call it here.
Although when I say candy, I only mean it is sweet. You are not supposed to eat it like a candy. At least I don’t think so.
What you’re supposed to do is, keeping the paper wrapper in place, you pound on it and crush it with… whatever you have. Your elbow will probably do the trick, and a hammer is probably overkill although not illegal. When I was a kid, we had in our kitchen a tiny hammer looking thing which we use to crush ice. That was my preferred gadget to deal with this candy snack.
So what happens after crushing that rock hard peanut candy? Well, after that, we slather some butter on slices of bread. Then we open up the wrapper. Then we pour the crushed peanut candy over the buttered bread. Then we spread it evenly.
Then we fold the bread up and bite it with our mouth and experience foodgasm.
Simple, right? In fact, this is dinner today. Yumsss…