There are several types of peanut candies you can find in Malaysia, the one that’s most common is perhaps the type you find in Ipoh, with hard candied sugar and relatively chunky peanuts. Personally though, my favorite is the type we referred to as “kong th’ng” in Penang – the type with crushed peanut & sugar packed into a cylindrical shape 2-3 inches tall.
As far as this “kong th’ng” goes, many places offers them as is, but if you head to Weld Quay in Penang and look for Khoon’s stall, you’ll find one that comes with special pohpiah skin.
The role of pohpiah skin is two fold – it serves as a handy wrapper for the peanut candy so you don’t make a mess of your shirt while biting them down, and more importantly, compliment the taste of sweet peanut candy with a hint of saltiness as well as a nice change in texture. Simply lovely.
If you find youself in Georgetown, look for this, a piece of history that may not last forever. Happy food hunting!