A relative from Tampin, Melaka gave me a big bag of goodies consisting of several types of biscuits, lime juice concentrate and sweets.
This box caught my eye. First, the package looks impressive and modern. Secondly, the company bears the Halal signs.
Upon closer inspection, I notice some writings on the box. Originally, I had no intention of opening and consuming some of the biscuits and was about to give them away to someone else.
The box has a myth about this wife cake or called lou phor peng in Cantonese. This biscuit is made of crispy outer layer and inside the layers, it has the black sesame paste. I find the taste rather pleasant, not too sweet or too oily. Probably because the biscuits are made of halal stuffs (i.e. no lard), it taste very ‘mild’ instead of the flavourful taste of other types of biscuits of similar nature.
Let me tell you about this wife cake from Yong Sheng. BTW, if I am not mistaken, Yong Sheng is the name for Emperor Shih Huang Ti. (correct me if I am wrong).
According to the story (on the box), a poor peasant family was in need of money because the old father-in-law fell sick. The filial daughter-in-law sold herself so that the old man has money to cure his illness. (not sure what ‘selling’ was offered 🙂 ) In order for the husband to redeem his wife, he started baking these biscuits and sell them to earn money. Eventually, he earned enough money and brought the wife back. Hence, the name wife cake. They lived happily ever after, selling the biscuits.
I must applaud Yong Sheng Confectionery Sdn Bhd for their modern approach in marketing these traditional goodies. I really bought into the idea of trying out these biscuits because of the mythical story!