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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.

awesome crushed peanut candy in pohpiah skin
awesome crushed peanut candy in pohpiah skin

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.

at Jalan Merdeka, Weld Quay Penang
at Jalan Merdeka, Weld Quay Penang

If you find youself in Georgetown, look for this, a piece of history that may not last forever. Happy food hunting!

map to penang peanut candy

Khoon Peanut Candy
Jalan Merdeka
Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown
10300, Penang
GPS: 5.409141, 100.336853
Tel: 014-252 8603

Discuss : KY eats – Traditional Peanut Candy with Pohpiah Skin, Penang

  1. I always added “kong th’ng” generously to my traditional nyonya popiah…but I’ve stopped doing that now as I am on a low-sugar diet these days. It was so nice! Sobsss!!!!

  2. They do look delicious. Even my non-sweet tooth might be tempted.

  3. If compared with the Ipoh version of peanut candy, I prefer the “kong th’ng, for it’s softer texture.

  4. Whoops, that would be too much of a sugar coma for me! >_<

  5. This post really brought back memories from when i was a kid…

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