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So Good You Can Even Eat It On Its Own

Gardenia’s tagline must have been inspired by this old-time delicacy, LOLX.  Yummy !  In fact,it is best eaten on its own !  Well, I wonder how many of the younger folks out there know what these are !

Not sure what they are called in English, but in Malay they are known as ‘tombong’, a term which the Hokkiens in Penang use very freely and naturally.

I think they are the embryos of coconuts.  Found only in mature nuts, they range in size from as small as grapes to as big  as completely filling the chamber inside, depending on age.  The small ones are sweet and crunchy, the big ones spongy.  The best ones are slightly smaller than a tennis ball.

These are rarely seen nowadays, because few people sell or buy mature coconuts other than in processed form.