Thanks to my sister-in-law and her boyfriend (M&I), I have a new favourite snack that I would like to bring back to London from Singapore, a snack that reminds me of home through and through. I might be slow in blogging about this, and everyone on the island has probably heard about it, but that isn’t going to stop me from singing praises about my personal favourite Tasty Piece of Home. And that is none other than the Hae Bee Hiam Cookies from The Cookie Museum.
For those of you who are not in the know, Hae Bee Hiam is the Hokkien dialect name for dried prawn sambal, a delicious, spicy and pungent condiment that Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese love. We usually throw it on all sorts of savoury dishes, and even eat it as a snack (wrapped in kind of a filo pastry) during Chinese New Year. The Cookie Museum has given a new twist Hae Bee Hiam, and came up with the ingenious of incorporating it in cookies. Yes, cookies!
Now, we’re all very used to cookies being sweet. I was, admittedly, very skeptical when I heard about the Hae Bee Hiam cookies. But coming from M&I, who are foodies as much as I am, I knew this stuff had to be good for them to give it to us as a farewell present. So I went with my gut, ripped the pretty packaging off the minute I got into my London home and took a deep whiff. Ahhhhhh, this smells really mouthwatering. I took a bite, and oh gosh, it was so painful, because it was so good, so addictive, that I didn’t want to stop having another. There lies the contradiction of incredible demand and limited supply.
The cookie crumbles, actually it almost melts in the mouth, with a slight sweetness giving way to a true-blue Hae Bee Hiam kick. There is a slight hint of coconut, that marries the savouriness and sweetness perfectly. The verdict? I love it! I really, really do! If only the cookies are sold here, I wouldn’t miss the spices and smells of home as much.
The Cookie Museum is located at:
Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, Unit 01-02/04, Singapore 039802