What do you usually go for when you’re visiting Ipoh? Some smooth taufufa, or most likely, some Ipoh chicken rice? Because how could you miss out on Ipoh chicken rice, right? 😍 Good as these two things may be, and we love them too, these food items are not exactly package-conducive. Sure, you could bounce your taufufa and chicken rice all the way home, but if you live let’s say in KL, you won’t be able to keep it for long – you’d still have to eat it ASAP. Which brings us to another specialised, unique food item in Ipoh: traditional biscuits. Called piah in Hokkien or beng in Cantonese, these traditional biscuits have a long history, and no one does it better than CHG, or Ching Han Guan Biscuits. 👍
If you’ve never heard of CHG, don’t worry. They just haven’t been out and about actively promoting themselves, but they’ve been in Ipoh since 1949. Hiding in plain sight all along, the CHG biscuits are a hidden gem undiscovered yet by most, and today we’re giving CHG all the credit they deserve for their high quality ingredients, traditional taste, and passion in biscuit crafting through all their delectable products! ❤
CHG Ching Han Guan Biscuits 鍾漢元餅舖
CHG was founded by Elder Ching from Chaoyang, China. When he came over to Malaya, he brought along recipes passed down from generation to generation within the family, a long-standing tradition which is still applicable even today. In 1949, CHG was officially established, and they believe in using only high quality ingredients and putting in a healthy dose of passion into crafting their handmade biscuits. The result? Fresh, handmade biscuits on a daily basis that make your mouth water whenever you get a whiff of the biscuits’ aroma. As much as possible, they stick close to traditional methods, but innovating as necessary to keep up with modern demands. However, the recipes they use remain strictly ancestral, and that’s how the traditional taste is never compromised. 👍
Special Visitor Jason Yeoh!
Jason Yeoh, or better known as Axian, is a local TV producer/host. His shows mostly consist of discovering local delicacies with a humanistic touch, and his various shows have won several awards. Back in 2012, Axian visited CHG to perform an on-site shoot and to feature CHG as part of his TV show, Axian’s Food Adventures. 5 years later in 2017, Axian revisited CHG in conjunction with Astro AEC’s 20th Anniversary and to organise a book-signing session of his first book, Jason’s Food Memories. 😮
For more on Axian’s visit, you can check out the video below:
👉👉👉 But that’s not all! Someone even more well-known has graced CHG with his presence, and apparently, no one knew about it. A world-famous, influential genius has been to CHG and enjoyed their biscuits, but who could it be? Jeng jeng jeng… We’re not telling you yet, so keep guessing as you continue discovering CHG! 😎
Signature Handmade Biscuits
At first glance, these handmade biscuits look like siew pows, and nothing more. However, don’t let its mundane-looking exterior fool you! These delectable handmade biscuits are full of yummy goodness within, stuffed to the brim with either meat floss or BBQ meat. Fragrant inside and outside (exactly what we call beautiful inside and out), there are four flavours to choose from: Original Meat Floss Lotus Paste Biscuit, Pandan Meat Floss Lotus Paste Biscuit, EggMeat Floss Lotus Paste Biscuit and BBQ Meat Biscuit. Each of them is unique in their own way, reminding you of the taste of tradition with each mouthful! 🤤
Classic Egg Biscuits
If the signature handmade biscuits were firm yet chewy, the Classic Egg Biscuits add a little kick and crunch. As you may have guessed, the primary ingredient of the Classic Egg Biscuits is well, egg. Combined with the other ingredients, the scent of this biscuit is enticing, perfect to pair with a mug of kopi o, especially for breakfast or tea time! Take a bite and feel the texture of this biscuit; crumbling and melting away in your mouth, and then coming together again to provide you with a traditional delight second to none. 😍
Signature Soft Candy
How many of you have a sweet tooth just like us, raise your hands! Soft and chewy, the signature soft candies are perfect for dessert, or simply for snacking on whenever you feel like having a bite! Choose from the Sesame Soft Candy for a sweet treat through and through while enjoying the pebbly texture of the sesame coating, or try the Walnut Soft Candy instead, which is full of brown sugar filling and walnut bits, creating a texture that is smooth, chewy, yet crunchy at the same time! 👍
All of CHG’s mooncakes are handmade and follow traditional recipes just like all of their other products, and they have two types of mooncakes: the Teochew-style mooncake and the Cantonese-style mooncake. Mooncakes are a staple food during the Lantern/Mooncake Festival, so make sure you pick some up for this year’s celebration, or you know, just for fun! 😁 Here’s the full list of their available mooncakes:
- King of Mooncakes
- Mixed Nut Roasted Ham
- Lotus (Double Egg Yolk)
- BBQ Meat Lotus
- BBQ Meat Lotus (Egg Yolk)
- Teochew Lah-Bia
- Teochew Walnut Lotus
- Pearly Yam
If we live in Ipoh, we’d be on our way there right now, but we suppose we’ll just have to make a road trip up to Ipoh right before the Mooncake Festival to get these sumptuous mooncakes! 😁
Check Out What Customers Have To Say About CHG!
@tham_tl: Even rain can’t stop me from buying it…
@teddyc92: Been in love with this Meat Floss Lotus Paste Biscuit from Ipoh ever since I bought it for the first time during company trip in 2017. Love the pandan flavour too.
@sunnycct: Third stop, famous meat floss lotus paste biscuits…
@alangomakan: I’m not really a biscuit lover but this Ching Han Guan biscuits have changed my mind…
@meowsai: The ribbons kueh and the kei nui pia (we assume this is the egg biscuits) are delicious, no wonder there’s always a long queue. I just love the pia (biscuits) with “bak kua” (BBQ meat). The next time I visit, I am going to buy 20 kilos for my baggage so I can bring back more.
Note: Reviews have been slightly edited for clarity.
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We Tried CHG’s Signature Biscuits And Best-Sellers, And Here’s What We Think!
CHG was kind enough to send us some samples of their signature biscuits and best-sellers, and we had a blast eating our way through the box of goodies! 😍
Their Signature Handmade Biscuits were unlike anything we have ever had, and we agreed that it was easily one of the most special pastries we’ve tried. Our writers aren’t fans of meat floss in general, but they enjoyed the biscuits so much the meat floss quickly became a non-issue. If you’re thinking “what? Meat floss and lotus paste? Sweet and savoury? Can meh?” Can, why cannot? CHG has managed to strike the perfect balance without one taste overpowering the other, or overlapping. Trust us when we say that this biscuit, is the bomb. 👍
The Classic Egg Biscuits were a thicker version of the usual biscuits we’re all used to – so there’s more bite. These biscuits are not rock-hard, but they do provide a suitable amount of crunch and crisp. Best of all, the fragrant smell somehow reminds you of childhood days, especially whenever the family was gathered round to enjoy a meal over snacks and biscuits. We name this biscuit the “biscuit of childhood”! ❤
Last but not least, we rounded it off with their Signature Soft Candy. As aforementioned, the walnut pieces in the walnut soft candy blanketed with brown sugar that’s not too sweet provide a good contrast to what would otherwise be a plain sugar candy. The walnuts allow your teeth to grab onto something, while the softness and sweetness of the candy fills your mouth with unbearable joy. The sesame soft candy is the ultimate sweet treat for those who love sweets or are currently craving for a sugar fix. Sesame coats the whole candy, before giving way to a soft, silky and sweet filling inside! 🤤
Someone pass us tissues because we’re drooling all over the keyboard! We’re really not sure how we managed to miss the wonderful, magical CHG in all our trips to Ipoh (fun fact: we love Ipoh!), but we’re extremely glad that now we know of CHG, and we’re getting the chance to share it with you! Now that we’ve discovered the hidden gem that is CHG Ching Han Guan Biscuits, out of our way out of our way, we’re heading to Ipoh right now to grab more of those biscuits because let’s be real, the sample wasn’t enough to feed our hungry team. 😂
For more information, you can call them, or can in touch with them via all their social media sites below. Psst, they even prepare wedding gift packs, so if you have something in mind, hit them up and start discussing!
🍪 Phone Number: 05-2545126
🍪 Website: https://www.chg.my/
🍪 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChingHanGuan
🍪 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chinghanguan/
🍪 Email Address: [email protected]
🍪 Address: 145, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
🍪 Operation Hours: Closed on Tuesdays, Sundays 9:30 am – 6 pm, Other Days 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
👉👉👉 By now, you’re either dying to find out who was the other VIP who visited CHG, or you completely forgot about this. Either way, are you ready to find out who it was? 😎
DUN DUN DUNNNNN, drum roll please…. it was none other than the scientist Stephen Hawking! What?! Yes, you read that right! We writers were also shocked to discover that Stephen Hawking had found out and visited CHG before us; check out the picture below! What an honour it is to receive Stephen Hawking! When someone as famous as he has tried it, don’t you want some CHG biscuits for yourself too? 🤩
Personally, we will never forget the Signature Handmade Biscuits, but what caught your eye and your appetite? Share the biscuit you want to try most in the comments below! ❤