Tong Huat 东发 is one of the most popular traditional confectioneries in Kluang. During the annual Mid Autumn (Mooncake) festival, Tong Huat 东发 goes into full swing to meet the orders from all over Malaysia, and also Singapore for their famous traditional mooncakes.
Tong Huat is a hive of frantic and well organised activity as making mooncakes the old way by hand is very labour intensive.
Hand kneading the lotus paste needs plenty of strength and elbow grease.
Workers kneading the dough and assembling mooncakes by hand.
Meticulously applying the egg wash before sending the mooncakes into the oven.
Tong Huat's boss, MR Loo, personally attends to the final, crucial step of baking the mooncakes.
Golden brown mooncakes hot and fresh out of the oven.
Lotus seed paste filling
Five kernel 五仁
When I got home and opened my box of Tong Huat mooncakes, I caught a whiff of that old mooncake aroma that I have not smelled for a very long time. That ancient fragrance 古早味 instantly transported me back to my childhood and my grandmother in Singapore's old Chinatown.
Tong Huat's signature tau sar piah 豆沙饼
Besides making their popular mooncakes during the annual Mid Autumn festival, Tong Huat is famous for their other traditional Chinese confectioneries which are all handmade in the old way.
Restaurant name: Tong Huat 东发 Confectionery
Address: 28 & 30, Jalan Cantik, Kluang, Johor
Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm daily
Date visited: 20 Sep 2012
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