Thursday, April 9, 2020

Big Apam Balik (Tai Kow Meen), Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang

Everybody's favourite sweet dessert and breakfast portion. Anytime and everytime snack. But not everywhere available nowadays. I detest the small apam balik. Where got kick? I opt for Tai Kow Meen (Big chunky face) anytime, everytime and anywhere.

Must go if in Pulau Tikus market. Someplaces, long queue esp if the hawker has only one stove operating. And when they cut corners to speed up, you get less crispy sides and wetter insides.

Everything being equal, nuttier is not monkey. Hand me more crushed peanuts. And the more margarine, the better. I don't care if its a molecule away from that of plastic, so what! Add some salt even better and being indulgent, make it sweet, but to look after the health, not too sweet lah

Enjoy man!

Pulau Tikus Wet Market
3, Jalan Pasar, Pulau Tikus, George Town

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Kean Seng Lee Café, Kuala Kurau, Perak

A trip to Kuala Kurau means fresh seafood. I am glad to make this trip beyond Sepetang into Parit Buntar then dropping by a pomelo orchard with very good and juicy fruits. I reckon, comparable to those in Ipoh.

Seafood was simple kembong and some prawns. Kembong has some delicate flesh and steaming makes the flesh more fragile. Doing it right is the key. The meat came off tasting as a kembong should. Nuance and light in taste yet exhibiting the strength of character with its distinctive kembong smell. This is the reason why kembong is the Malaysian favourite small scaleless fish. The broth complemented the fish, lightly accented soy sauces and subtle, with some julienne ginger and chili to bring the kick — a good combination.

The prawns were done Thai style with a surprise bamboo twist. It's going native as bamboo cooking is an indigenous style of the Orang Asli. I would have preferred a more straightforward form, but alas, we eat together, so give and take. The sweet, sour, savoury and spicy dish has lots of onions slices to kick it up for a heightened chow.

Don't miss your seafood when in Kuala Kurau!

Kean Seng Lee Café
Kuala Kurau, Perak
011-2652 2991

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Kuala Kurau Prawn Fritters, Perak

What do you do with an abundant supply of fresh prawns? Wisdom and entrepreneurship produce some great culinary delights. One of them would be the Prawn Fritters. They are quite a few around, but this is the popular one. It is part just behind Kean Seng Lee Café that also serves excellent seafood, which is by the seafront. If there is a long queue for this delicious snack move on, there are a few nearby. Call ahead if you want to tapau a substantial amount to feed the whole village.

It's painful watching them adroitly in multiple tedious steps setting up the base or mold for the fritter in a ladle. Then the ingredients were added and followed by the topping up to put together each fritter. Finally, they put the ladle, which acted as a mold into the hot cauldron of oil for the final step. So don't begrudge the price.

Besides the basic batter made from flour, there were the Chives, Jicama (sengkuang) and a few pieces of prawns. These were quality prawns. The fritter was soft, fluffy and moist inside while it's external was crispy. The crunch from the Jicama, the distinctive scent from the Chives and the unadulterated and sweet aroma from fresh prawns these fritters make a good snack.

Kuala Kurau Prawn Fritters
Kuala Kurau, Perak
05-727 8171