|Photo by Arthur Wee...Kompia or Guangbing|
known as Kong Bian or Kwong Bing or Kompia.
the origin of this special snack is found in the history of the Chinese during the Ming Dynasty.
|Photo by Sarawakiana - this is the way to eat kompia in a Fuzhou restaurant.|
戚繼光 or Qi Jiguan (Nov 12 1528 - Jan 17 1588) was a Chinese general of the Ming Dynasty. He led Ming forces against the WOKOU or Japanese sea bandits. Today there is a statue of him in Fuzhou city.
During the raids against the Wokou, he asked his soldiers to wear a string of Kong Bian around their neck so that when hungry they would just chew the bread which has a hole in the middle. This doughnut looking bread eventually helped the armed forces to win their battles against the Japanese pirates. He thus saved the coasts of Fujian and in fact the whole of China with his special tactics and strategies.
It could have been possible that if it had not been his heroic attempts, China might have come under the rule of Japan until today.
The army did not have to waste time to cook and eat their meals. They marched on and on and they were able to be quick to strike the skilful Japanese pirates.
|Statue of Jiguang in Fuzhou|
This hard "pancake" or doughnut is named after him using his last name Guang. guangbing (光餅, Foochow Romanized: guŏng-biāng, known as kompyang in Malaysia and Indonesia) or in Sarawak KOMPIA.
|Anne Pang, the great grand daughter of Wong Nai Siong together with us..and our book, The Tastes and Flavours of the Foochows, launching in Sibu.|
Note : The 2008 Chinese television series The Shaolin Warriors provided a fictional account of Qi Jiguang enlisting the help of Shaolin Monastery's warrior monks in defending China from the wokou and other invaders. Singaporean actor Christopher Lee played Qi Jiguang.