I always wanted to try traditional Fuzhou kompia made with the tandoor type of charcoal oven, the way they do it in Sitiawan (Perak) and Sibu (Sarawak). So, I was really excited when foodies in JB started sharing about a traditional kompia stall operating in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA) in Johor Bahru.
谢谢吃的平台 Victor 台友分享, 好开心在柔佛新山也可以吃到手工传统制造的福州光饼. "四眼光饼"老板是福州人. 来自霹靂, 實兆遠. 是制造福州光饼世家, 第三代传人. 炭烧的光饼外脆内软. 有洋蔥光饼 (RM1.20) 和叉烧光饼 (RM2). 如果在新山, 这可算是非试不可. 王后花园. Jalan Pendekar 2. 早上8点到下午两点. 星期一休息. 手工制造, 所以产量不多. 最好先打电话订购 014 382 9624 | 016 7794 629.
Mr Lim who hails from Sitiawan is a third generation kompia maker. He started working at his father's stall in Sitiawan (opened by his grandfather) when he was 9 years old. Mr Lim came down to Singapore for work, then settled in JB and opened this stall in TUTA, 9 years ago.
Mr Lim's no name stall is known as "specky kompia" 四眼光饼 to his fans because... you guessed it... he wears spectacles.... duh.... 😊
Everything at Mr Lim's stall is hand made from scratch.
Mr Lim makes two types of kompia (a kind of biscuit) - one with chopped onion and pork fat filling.
Char siew (roast pork) is the only other filling.
Mr Lim preparing the charcoal fired tandoor oven.
Each kompia is slapped against the side of the blistering hot tandoor.
The tandoor is very hot, so Mr Lim dips his hands into the pail of water first before slapping in another kompia.
There are no knobs to control the temperature, so Mr Lim does it with just an iron spade 😃 Controlling the fire takes lots of intimate knowledge about his tandoor.
The kompia are ready 😃
Freshly baked well browned kompia straight from the oven. Scathing hot to the touch.
The savoury sweet onion and lard kompia. It's crispy outside and moist inside with a bit of chewiness and soft juicy crunch (from the onions).
The char siew kompia. To me, this has a more interesting savoury sweet flavour with bits of well marinated tender roast pork and syrupy char siew sauce.
Mr Lim sells the onion & lard kompia at RM1.20 each and the char siew kompia at RM2 each.
4-Star (out of 5). Mr Lim's no name stall (known as 四眼光饼 to fans) in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah is the only traditional kompia stall in Johor. If you are visiting JB, remember to include this stall in your itinerary - kompia makes a lovely gift. Call Mr Lim at 014 3829 624 to book your kompia.
Restaurant name: Kompia stall in Hong Chun kopitiam (四眼光饼)
Address: 129, Jalan Pendekar 2 (at junction with Jalan Pendekar 8), Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°31'02.9"N 103°39'10.6"E | 1.517483, 103.652938
Tel: 014 382 9624 | 016 7794 629
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm (Mondays off) | 8:00am to 12:00 noon on Sat & Sun
Date visited: 1 Dec 2016
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