A Whiter Shade of Apricot

loading Goh Lean Chin selling heng jin teh at the New Lane hawker centre.

Get to know the remarkable heng jin teh. You won’t regret it.

With its unique aroma, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, heng jin teh has been a Penang favourite for decades and is usually taken together with eu char koay (fried dough stick). Widely misconceived as being made from almonds, the drink is boiled from apricot kernels, which are believed to ease coughs and soothe the digestive system.1

While this beverage is claimed to have come from the Teochews, it is hard to trace its exact origins. George Town remains home to the oldest heng jin teh vendor.

Famous for its affordable products and groceries, Lebuh Kimberley is also a popular site for street food.


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