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Chin Hiang Chay Traditional Teochew Chinese Bakery @ Jalan Padungan, Kuching Sarawak 振香斋饼家

✍ 23 Feb 2024. I love traditional Chinese bakes and bakeries.

Traditional Chinese bakeries hand make and bake their cakes, biscuits and pastries right there at the shop. Rolling, pressing, shaping dough, and baking, are all labour and skill intensive processes.


Chin Hiang Chay Teochew Bakery established in 1941 makes many different types of traditional cakes and pastries for different occasions such as weddings, baby one month, birthdays, Chinese New Year, Mooncake festival, etc.


The traditional bakery insists on making their products according to the old ways instead of resorting to machinery. Each piece of biscuit or cake is lovingly hand made.

Traditional Chinese bakeries are essential in communities as they provide the cakes, biscuits, and pastries needed for celebrations and festivities from birth to cradle, throughout the milestones of life such as weddings, birthdays, till the grave.

Owner Tsan Tze Hian
As we were at Chin Hiang Chay just before Chinese New Year, CNY goodies of all kinds were in full glory. 

I bought pineapple tarts (and other pastries).

Chin Hiang Chay's hand made pineapple tarts were excellent - the crumbly buttery crust generously filled with fresh grated pineapple.

Owner Tsan Tze Hian proudly showing us the precious wooden moulds for sugar sculpture (lion) for Chinese New Year Chap Goh Mei 十五晚 or Lantern Festival.

Photo courtesy of Chai
These are Teochew sugar sculpture lions known as tang si 糖狮 which are used as offerings for deities and ancestors. After prayers, the sugar sculptures (those made with no additives) can be dissolved into syrup for cooking or flavouring use.

(Over in Singapore, there is only one person Koh Sun Lian 许良全 who still makes sugar sculpture lions. It is a disappearing craft.) 


Bakery name: Chin Hiang Chay 振香斋饼家

Address: 165, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tel: +608 224 3814

Hours: 8am - 6pm

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Written by Tony Boey on 23 Feb 2024

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