It was lovely having a simple brunch of square biscuits and plain coffee.
|An old tin like this is often the best air tight container for biscuits - rats and ants won't go into the tin. And it is really air tight and clean - especially when the biscuits are also put into nice plastic bags!!|
|A close-up of my all time favourite biscuit - cheap and very healthy.|
|The lovely biscuits...Square biscuits...Si Kerk Bian (Foochow Pinyin)|
Memories flood back....
During the days when we lived in the Rajang villages we did not have easy access to town food (e.g. bread which was then considered European food) and shop cooked food. Grandparents bought for us tinned food to supplement our own farm grown fresh vegetables and meat.
One memorable snack was the biscuits in tins.
In those days those who lived in towns could buy Jacob's biscuits in the English styled tins also. There were different types of colonial biscuits available in shops like Kim Guan Siang.
But we mere mortals had the ordinary biscuits sold in big Asian tins.
We had a full tin or half tin of biscuits. The full tin of biscuits would be slowly portioned out and consumed slowly. We even counted how many each should get...no more no less. Six pieces would be enough for each child and they would be broken to pieces and soaked in Milo or just plain bowl of condensed milk mixed with warm water..The latter way of eating is similar to our morning cereal today.
Those whose parents had more money would spread a lot of condensed milk and even butter. Sometimes I would still do this as it is such a comfort food when my blood sugar reading is perfect. It can be such a treat (but far in between).
Half tin of biscuits would be purchased by smaller families. In terms of budgetting in those days a smaller tin would be considered slightly more expensive. But then buying a bigger tin would also mean that some of the biscuits would go to waste when they softened because someone would forget to close the tin tightly......
My grandmother and aunts would stack the empty biscuit tins in the kitchen neatly and re-use them for storing many different things. In our present days of plenty most homes have Tupperware and other good and expensive containers.
However from experience the Foochow noodles (mee sua) are best kept in the big tins!!
Eating square biscuits with a bunch of chatty friends is a good way of spending a meaningful Monday morning and thinking about old times...
Wai makai roti soda (Iban)....hey peng yu...li siak si kerk bian (Foochow).....Let's have a soda biscuit break!!
Have a great morning!!