LEyi Zea •
26 Jun 2012
Me and husband have always been in love with Liang Chen Mei Dian (良辰美点）'s wife's biscuits since a friend who lived in Chinatown intro-ed me to them many years ago. As my husband does not stay in Singapore, normally I will buy 10 or more at one time and we will keep them like treasures in the fridge for a long time.
One time my mum decided it's too far away to go to Chinatown just to buy wife's biscuits, so she bought wife's biscuits from many different bakeries and my husband ate all of them but none was as good as your store, and again we kept your wife's biscuits like treasures in the fridge.
Recently when I called, I was told that you have stopped making wife's biscuits, and I was soooo disappointed I thought of asking the lady again and again "really? can't make any more?" (but I didn't).
I googled "best wife's biscuits in Singapore" and Tong Heng came up.
Tong Heng's wife's biscuits are priced at $1.30 or 1.60 each, compared to yours at $0.80 each, and they don't taste as good as yours.
Here's my review:
Skin: I was disappointed with Tong Heng's when I took my first bite and most of it was flour/ skin. The flour/skin was powdery and didn't have much flavour. The filling was just a bit, not much. If they want to cut on the filling and put so much flour/skin in their biscuit, then they should make the flour/skin more flavourful or not so powdery right? I felt like I was eating talcum powder.
In contrast, LCMD's have a lot of filling so even the first bite you will already have gotten to the filling.
Yes, both LCMD and TH's skins are flaky, but due to TH's being so powdery, you don't really enjoy the skin being flaky. LCMD's skin is soooo much stronger and I would eat every crumb of it.
Filling: I was pleasantly surprised when I got to Tong Heng's filling (FINALLY, cos had to get past a couple of bites of powdery skin/flour first). It was smooth, not too sweet, and very nice. Tong Heng's winter melon filling was in fact smoother than LCMD's and had a nice fragrant after-taste to it. But filling too little.
LCMD's filling is a bit sweeter but also not too sweet (up to your own preference, but I prefer LCMD's sweeter filling). Due to LCMD having more filling, you can feel the nice texture of the filling as you are eating it (a bit like eating those soft gummies or mochi, a bit springy but soft.) If you put it in the fridge/freezer then you microwave it when you want to eat it, LCMD's wife biscuits comes out perfect every time like they just got out of the oven..yums.
Price: TH's retail for $1.30 or 1.60 EACH if I remember correctly. Compared to Liang Chen Mei Dian's which sold for $0.80 each.
Summary: My husband who is a wife's biscuit crazy fan, is not crazy about Tong Heng's due to the huge percentage of powdery skin over filling. He wasn't too pleased to know that LCMD doesn't make the awesome biscuits anymore.
Leung Sang, please continue to make wife's biscuits for all to enjoy! They are the best and very fragrant. And I won't have to hunt for another place who can match your wife's biscuits.
Unfortunately I don't have pictures of your fabulous wife's biscuits else I would have posted them here.