Preserved Buddha’s hand aka fingered citron

We were at Taman Paramount last night for dinner and decided to visit the night market. It wasn’t very big as say, the SS2 one but it was sufficient for our needs. I just wanted some buns and bananas and took my time about it. Kerol was highly amused that she ended up buying more stuff than I did.

Whilst lingering at a stall selling preserved fruits and candy, something caught my eye. I had no idea what it was, and it had such a grand name too!

Buddha's hand fruit - preserved
Preserved Buddha’s hand fruit

Buddha’s hand fruit? Never heard of that! I asked Kerol to provide translation to the Chinese words and she said that it was too majestic for her to translate -_-”

As the stall had containers with small pieces of the goods for you to sample, I took one and popped it into my mouth. Then another. Then another. Then another. Finally I couldn’t take it any more. I grabbed a pre-packed bag of the preserved Buddha’s hand, waved my money in front of the seller and happily went home with my precious.

buddha's hands
Photo from dotpolka’s Flickr, licensed under CC

I googled for Buddha’s hand and found out that it is a type of citrus. It looks odd on its own, as you can see in the photo above. When you slice it open (as per photo below), you won’t find any juicy bits as you would the orange. Instead, it’s all peel! Lots and lots of rind for making preserved fruits the way I like it. Fantastic or what??

Buddha's hand fruit - inside
Photo from Sebastian’s Blue

What does it tastes like? Yummylicious! Okay well, it really tastes the same as preserved orange rinds, but 10,000 times better because it’s a lot more rind! Slightly chewy but with a nice bite, chunky!. Tangy and highly addictive. It just about broke the scale of awesomeness.

Buddha's hand fruit - Suanie

Ignore the ironing board at the back as well as the dark circles and eye bags on my tired face. It was a mostly shitty week for me last week that there’s really no other way I could go but up. But let’s not speak too soon ๐Ÿ™‚



  1. it’s never as good as garlic chips!

  2. learned something new!

  3. That’s some weird stuff, looks like a Lemon without any Lemon inside…just rind LOL

  4. KY: But garlic chips are unattainable at the moment ๐Ÿ™

    Suertes: Heh I did too!

    ST: it’s the more chunky version of orange/lemon peels!

  5. estherlei says:

    hmm..i am not sure the one you googled is accurate. But the one in my knowledge is “Buddha hand melon” aka. foh shou gua. In my definition, it is a type of vege
    i might be wrong too coz the one you bought is “Buddha hand fruit” aka. foh shou guo

  6. WTF woman have you been losing MORE weight or is that just an awesome angle for you? ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. I thought I was the only one who was gonna make this irrelevant comment, but looks like FA beat me to it. You da skinny woman!

  8. It’s good stuff, but cannot eat too much at one go, or sure tongue can die one T.T

  9. estherlei: this one definitely belongs to the citrus family. it resembles marmalade.

    FA: awesome angle ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks!

    whimsicaljottings: nah it’s really the angle. i lost a bit of weight from being sick, but mostly muscle mass ๐Ÿ™

    electronicfly: yeah. found out the hard way ๐Ÿ˜ก

  10. aiyah you say until so good, i also must go and buy and try for myself.

  11. Takemitsu says:

    Chinese characters is indeed too majestic and nonsensical to be translated. “Nine(th) produce (production? generation? lol…) Buddha hand fruit strips”

  12. I think I’ve seen the fruit used on food shows (for the zest), and I might’ve seen it in some supermarket, that’s about it.

    Perhaps I should try some of the jeruk if I’m ever at a pasar malam, let alone if I ever see it.

  13. i’ve never seen this made into a candy sorta thing. my grandmother used to make a preserved concoction with a fruit similar to this. she would preserve it in salt and it would become all mushy. supposed to be good for your stomach, like if you have indigestion, mix it with warm water and drink it. my grandma called it “hew yew” in hokkien (i think), i dunno what it’s called in English.

    and yeah, you look skinny loh!

  14. undergraduate says:

    It’s my first time see the picture of Buddhaโ€™s hand. Thanks for sharing!

  15. ViciousKitty74 says:

    The ‘9 production’ means its produced with infusing it with 9 spices to preserve it, to what you see final product now. Though… didnt meant that there really is 9 chemical/spices to process it to how it became now as you see it. The chinese just like to use either number 8 or 9 for lucks sake.

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