Horse Hoof Biscuits 马啼酥

Generous gooey savoury sweet maltose filling with a hint of sesame oil.

Generous gooey savoury sweet maltose filling with a hint of sesame oil.

During my recent trip to Malaysia after our huge Bah Kut Teh breakfast in Kota Tinggi, Kev and I set off for our next destination… Malacca.

Jonker Street, Malacca, Malaysia.

Jonker Street, Malacca, Malaysia.

Walking down Jonker Street, we couldn’t help but notice this shop with a wide display of biscuits with various fillings. We were tempted but stuck to the choice of old fashioned Horse Hoof Biscuits or better known locally as Beh Teh Soh (马啼酥).

The biscuits are covered with a huge plastic sheet as there were many houseflies, said the lady but I didn't see any luckily or I would not have bought any.

The biscuits are covered with a huge plastic sheet as there were many houseflies, said the lady but I didn’t see any luckily or I would not have bought any.

So many variety of fillings.

So many variety of fillings.

Traditional Horse Hoof Biscuits.

Traditional Horse Hoof Biscuits.

Charcoal variety of Horse Hoof Biscuits.

Charcoal variety of Horse Hoof Biscuits.

The reason they are called Horse Hoof Biscuits was that bakers used to cook these by sticking them to the side of a clay oven like a tandoor. As a result, the biscuits were thicker on one end and resembles a horse hoof.

My bag of 10.

My bag of 10.

I can easily eat 5 in one go but let's moderate for health's sake.

I can easily eat 5 in one go but let’s moderate for health’s sake.

Chinese tea goes well with the biscuits.

Chinese tea goes well with the biscuits.

I can't wait to sink my teeth in them :D

I can’t wait to sink my teeth in them 😀

Hokkien High Tea.

Hokkien High Tea.

Tian Hup Seng Biscuit Co.
Shop 93/95, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka.
Malaysia.
Tel:+6012 6703123

See the making of Beh Teh Soh from 3rd generation Hokkien baker in Singapore below (in Mandarin, sorry). The bakers have at least 30 years experience in this field and the biscuits are handmade. Tan Hock Seng has been in Singapore for around 70 years.

P.S. Singaporean readers – If you don’t have time to go to Malacca, you can get fresh daily oven-baked ones from Tan Hock Seng at 86, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore.

Tan Hock Seng
86 Telok Ayer Street,
Singapore 048469.
Tel: +65 65331798
Mon – Sat: 9am to 7.30pm
Sun: 12pm to 4pm

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18 Responses to “Horse Hoof Biscuits 马啼酥”
  1. They look at first glance like Eccles Cakes to me, but they sound even better.

  2. As always, you continue to surprise and delight with your DELISH posts…Thanks Sam!

  3. Laura Lynn says:

    May Day here just ended. Seattle had a bunch of protesters and police facing off in downtown. Glad I missed it. Nice pics, love the name ‘Horse Hoof biscuit’. Have a nice trip.

  4. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Hi Sam , thank you for reading my post.(Dreams..) Blessings.Jalal

  5. i have a lot of fond memories of Malacca, even though i don’t have your eye for finding great food. on the road to Malacca from Singapore they had many of the beautiful old style Malay houses that i like.

  6. Jessica says:

    I’m glad these aren’t actually made of horse hooves! That would be gross. Hope I get to try one one day…

  7. Sheeesh ! That is so yummy. Pity I can’t have any of these biscuits. I wonder if there are any ethnic bakeries in my neck of the woods. Well, there’s a Russian one. Russians make good baked products too.

  8. Sam says:

    I’m taking notes of these treats for when I am in Malaysia again. Holy heck how did I miss these!

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