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Saturday, 27 October 2012



Some like it plain

Some like it stuffed

But all like it fresh from the oven, crispy and nice!

A century old shop in Fuzhou,
still selling Kompiang strung together

originates from Fuzhou,
 the capital city
 of Fujian Province 
of the People's Republic of China. 

It is a biscuit
 popular among the Chinese Community
 of Foochow (Fuzhou) ancestry.

It was invented for the soldiers
 to eat in the battle fields. 

So it is also called


With the hole in the centre,
 the biscuits are strung together
 and easily carried along! 

Some grandmothers said
 that these biscuits were hung around the neck,
 so that they can have access to food
 anytime anywhere without much fuss. 

No cooking is required 
so will not attract the attention
 of the enemies of their whereabouts.

Kompiang is simply a ball of flour, water & salt. 
It is flattened
 & slapped onto the sides of a traditional home-made Chinese oven. 
may be plain
 or stuffed with fillings of meat, or fats and onions.
Both taste good when fresh from the oven.

If you like kompiang, you may like to try making some for yourself. After much trial and error I have come out with this recipe:

Fuzhou Kompiang

also kown as Foochow Kompyang or Gongpiang 

177g High Protein Flour
227g water
1/8 tsp yeast

All of the above Biga
361g High Protein Flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp alkali water
1 Tbsp double action baking powder
120g water-adjust consistency

1) mix Biga and let rest at room temperature 12-15 hours.
2) put all ingredients in bread machine-dough cycle 15min kneading
3) leave dough to rise 30min
4) preheat to 250'C, put a heavy baking tray inside the oven.
5) divide dough into 20 pieces of 45g each
6) flatten the balls of dough into disks, punch a hole in the centre
7) when you have made enough for a tray, quickly take out the hot tray from the oven & arrange the biscuits on it.
8) spritz with warm water on the biscuits before putting back the tray into the oven @ lowest rack!
9) after 5 min baking, turn off the bottom heat.
10) continue baking for another 10min until brown.

1) You can eat them plain-they are crispy when still warm.
    You may toast it the next day to get back the crunch. 

2) If you like it with filling, just lie the biscuit down & slice it across,
    fill it with pieces of roast pork or stew pork.

3) You can even bake them with fillings as below:

Stir fry with some cooking oil: minced pork, chopped big onions, roasted sesame seeds, salt, sugar & pepper to taste. Some dark soya sauce to add to the colour.
To wrap:
@6) before flatten, wrap one tablespoon of filling into the dough   
 7) flatten the ball into a disk
 8) prick some holes on the surface with a fork.
 9) Mist the biscuits & sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to decorate

Stuffed with meat


Quay Po Cooks said...

I love kompia. Tasted those from Sibu. They are awesome. I don't see any recipe? :D

Katie Foong said...

Oops Quay Po, sorry about it.
Hope you will try the recipe and look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

Janetan said...

hi katie,
wow your kompia looks delicious~ this is a must try for me..
oh ya, i get to know you from the comment about the naturally leavened bread blogspot.
actually today i just baked the butter bread from this book and i added about 1/2 tsp of instant yeast(proof first before adding) into the half of the recipe. then the result is excellent.
last time i baked this bread using the exactly amount then my bread turn out sour. luckily my son like it. this time after google about how to make not too sour sourdough bread,i found out by adding instant yeast will make my bread not sour and the time also shorter. oh my, the taste is excellent too..
oh ya, the kneading method and proofing method are same like using the normal bread making method. window pane and proof the bread until double or triple before baking.
good luck and i hope that what i shared with you here might help you~

Katie Foong said...

Hello Janetan,

Great to hear from you again.

So glad you have discovered a way to make the bread. Indeed, my hubby also does not like the sour bread so I have stopped making them. Will try your discovery!

Thank you.


Jonathan Sim said...

May I know what is Biga?

Katie Foong said...

Jonathan Sim,
Thank you for your interest in the Kompiang recipe.
Biga is a name given to the starter. To achieve a certain texture or taste, we need to prepare a starter and leave it to mature before adding to the main dough.
Happy trying, hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you.
Katie Foong