Muar Chee


Muar Chee can be considered more of a snack. It is made of steamed glutinous rice served with ground peanuts, sugar and sometimes sesame seeds. When I was a small kid, father used to buy a big packet for merely RM1 and the whole family will enjoy it as a dessert after dinner.

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Now I can hardly find muar chee in Bukit Mertajam. In fact, I don’t remember seeing anyone selling it at all! There are more stalls selling muar chee in Penang island and you can usually find them whenever in night markets. Or you can try Gurney Drive or Northam Beach Cafe. Basically they all taste the same, just different in the price. The preparation of muar chee is simple enough. The preparer takes out a strip of steamed glutinous rice and put it in a container full of ground peanuts and sugar. Then the strips are cut into pieces. For the muar chee to taste better, there’s actually a very simple trick. Simply cut the muar chee into smaller pieces so that more peanuts can stick. If you have eaten muar chee before, you know that the smaller pieces taste nicer, right? :D

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Over the years, muar chee has evolved. It no longer comes in plain flavored glutinous rice. Now there are pandan, sweet corn, black sesame and many other flavors. I remember having a plate of mixed muar chee in Northam Beach Cafe which only costed RM2.50 and it was really good. As you can see, muar chee is eaten using toothpick, quite a unique food don’t you think so ;)

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  1. oh i luv mua chee too….childhood fav. lolz….really? Northam have assorted flavours wan ar? Must bring my friend go try oney day….Its still there rite? lolz….Actually to me a tasty mua chee depends on the glutinous flour they use and the area they made it. Other places are okay but I had one before at the Kuan Yin Temple and it taste pretty bad. Water problem…u noe how bad water taste and smell….mostly taste the same. But I prefer those with finer ground peanuts. lolz…toothpick food…..

  2. Jian – Muar chee is everyone’s childhood fav lol.

    XiuxIn – Really? It’s been ages since I been to pasar malam.. I even forgot when and where got already.. sigh.

  3. I am staying in Canada and have been craving for sweet dessert – muar chee which is make from glutinous rice flour. Thank you

  4. I am staying in Canada and have been craving for sweet dessert – muar chee which is make from glutinous rice flour. Can I have someone to e-mail me the receipe. Thank you


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