Leong Chee Kee biscuits located on the ground floor corner of the People’s Court off Cintra street was known for its traditional Cantonese wedding biscuits. The business set up by Leong Chee Kee has since been taken over by his son, Leong How Keng.

On my visit to this biscuit shop, I had the opportunity to watch the owner make the Chinese snacks of Coconut Tarts, Khay Nui Ko/Gai Dan Go (egg cakes) and Hup Toh Soe (Chinese walnut cookie)…perfect teatime treats.


Yummy coconut tarts fresh right out of the oven! Fantastic!

The coconut tart is the specialty of Leong Chee Kee. The recipe was created by the founder. The tart is just awesome, with a layered dough base with a filling of moist sugared grated coconut. It’s topped off with a swirl effect top crust and brushed with egg yolk. It’s baked in the oven with the exchanging of the position for an even colour. These tarts stay fresh for five days. Since no preservatives are added, it’s best to keep the tarts in the refrigerator to maintain the freshness and crunchiness.

They only make 300 pieces per day, so it’s best to to drop in at 9am to make the bookings personally as they do not accept telephone bookings.


Baking the tarts isn’t as easy as I think it would be. Here is the step-by-step procedure.

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The tarts filled with moist sugared grated coconut



Cutting the swirl effect dough to be laid on top of the tart


The tarts topped off with the top crust and brushed with egg yolk



Moving the position of the tarts for an even colour by Leong


Grated texture of the coconut, really packing the punch in these tarts

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29 comments so far


OMG! this is so awesome and so exciting, something you don’t get to see, thanks CK. Reqally enjoy such an educational material and write up, you are just huge!

Thank you for sending a dozen of thoe lovely cocnut tarts to us, really enjoyed them with a warm brewed earl grey tea!

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July 13th, 2009 at 7:22 am

Wow…. very interesting! Not really familiar with this old favorite chinese snack but it certainly looks very good. Nice to see the way of making it.

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July 13th, 2009 at 8:44 am

the kai dan kou reminds me of my grand-uncle that busy making it when he knows we are going to visit him.
this is an awesome post!

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July 13th, 2009 at 9:02 am

I like this-so much skill to make each one of those coconut tarts!


July 13th, 2009 at 10:35 am

Very interesting to look at the process of making. You are doing so great!

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July 13th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Big Boys Oven – Glad you like those tarts.

Selba – There are many more old Chinese snacks. Will try to feature more of them in time to come.

New Kid On The Blog – Most people would make the kai dan kou themselves, the baked ones and even the steamed ones too.

foodbin – Try out these variety of biscuits when you are in Penang.

allie – Do go there early in the morning and wait around to see the biscuits being made…very interesting.

July 13th, 2009 at 11:43 am

hup toh soh is REAL good, i can be sure.
crispy and crumbly. never got tired of them.

wow, they let you in the kitchen? that’s cool.

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July 13th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

J2Kfm – The place is quite small, kitchen and counter is very near to each other. Everyone can see the making easily.

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July 13th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

the walnut cookie looks so crispy….i wish i can try it there…..

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July 13th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Heard so much about this shop from tv and other sources. Must go buy the biscuits one day!!!

July 13th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
dessert lover

i went there twice and finally i got to buy away d coconut tart which so good but must
dine after a few hrs (NOT HOT AND WARM)

July 13th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

coconut tarts !!! my mum always try experiment on this but still can’t bake like what grandma baked last time. aiks…

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July 13th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I love the pepper biscuit a lot! Must go back Penang tar pao back to KL liao this round. Die die 1 carton. Muahahahahaha

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July 13th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I like hup toh soe the most! Usually will take one piece as my tea if I got it at home.

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July 13th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

i love it .. but the problem is having to wait and sometimes none left to buy!!!

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July 14th, 2009 at 10:46 am

great post abt this traditional biscuits ck! i love the coconut tarts :)

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July 14th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Splendid. There’s also a shop in town called Ng Kee Cake Shop, they also make authentic chinese biscuits and cakes. Highly recommended as well.

July 14th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

the process of making is Very interesting !
thx alot…
other than coconut tart, what else also woth for trying?

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July 14th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Thanks for the visit to my site !! Great too good comments on Penang food and thanks for making a food haven….keep up the great work !!

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July 14th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Thanks for the visit to my site !! Great too see good comments on Penang food and thanks for making this state a food haven….keep up the great work !!

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July 14th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Both my hubby and I luv their coconut tarts. So moist and tasty! Can’t find the same else where.

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July 14th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Oh..long time didn’t have coconut tart~~

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July 15th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Those are the BEST coconut tarts in the Galaxy!!

July 17th, 2009 at 1:40 am

oh I am wondering if you are talking about the bakery beside a chicken rice stall. My mom likes to buy kai dan kou from that bakery.

People’s court and cintra street is full of hidden treasures isn’t it? I used to visit the ju char there when I was small. Not sure if its still there. Also, when you need salted fish, you can get ur supply of good quality salted fish (dan lau ham yu) from the distributor over there. And of course, not to mention the lemon drink just further down the street.

Sad to realise that they won’t be around for a very long time.

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July 21st, 2009 at 12:34 am

hunger for great taste, will buy them this weekend. thx for sharing this. :)

July 23rd, 2009 at 4:26 pm

SimpleGirl – The walnut cookie is very crispy and remain so when kept in an airtight jar.

buzzingbee – Remember it is not open on Sunday.

dessert lover – Glad that you like it.

ai wei – You could try and maybe you can perfect it for your mum :)

email2me – I have yet to try the pepper biscuits from this shop…will buy some soon.

Mindy – One is enough as the hup toh soh sold here is quite big.

Duckie – Best to make a booking lor…

lingzie – I like it too…have to go early or else won’t get to eat.

July 24th, 2009 at 11:11 am

Rick – I have tried the biscuits at Ng Kee Cake Shop too.

Modo Alimentare – Go for the hup toh soh.

Adelene Chin – Thank you for your regular visits too.

food-4tots – In that case, can tah pau back on your next trip.

mimid3vils – Do you find this tarts in your place?

Lina – You really love those tarts…

Jian – This is not the bakery that you are talking about…the one you mentioned is Ng Kee. Do visit this area again as the chu char stall is still there. They serve the best ngau chap dish in town.

Carolline – Go early to book and collect it later and it is closed on Sunday.

July 24th, 2009 at 11:32 am

check out this outlet called milkshake factory.. its at 6th floor gurney plaza… best milkshakes in town n malaysia.. try do a review on them

January 16th, 2012 at 1:10 am

Hi CK,

I have pay a visit to Leong Chee Kee recently and tried their egg cakes. I love the flower shaped egg cakes so much and will go back to buy again.

I will try the coconut tart next round ….. best coconut in the galaxy…. mmm..

Wong, BestPenangFood.com

February 23rd, 2013 at 12:58 am

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