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Ketayap (Kuih Tayap) @ Chowrasta Market, George Town

For a common kuih, Kuih Tayap has many names. Whether called Ketayap, Kuih Ketayap, Kuih Dadar or Kuih Gulung, they all refer to the same thing. This traditional Malaysian snack is actually a rolled crepe filled typically with shredded coconut and palm sugar. Because of its popularity the recipe has been adopted by all races and modified accordingly.

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While the Malays and Nyonya alike would prepare the crepe in pandan flavor and use gula Melaka for the sweet taste, a Chinese stall in Chowrasta market, more specifically in front of shop No.3 along Jalan Kuala Kangsar has been preparing the crepe plain filled with white sugar and crushed peanuts instead.

For a common kuih, Kuih Tayap has many names. Whether called Ketayap, Kuih Ketayap, Kuih Dadar or Kuih Gulung, they all...

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Seafood Popiah @ Gerai Gerai Padang Brown (Dato Keramat Stalls)

I believe the Seafood Popiah at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown (or also known as Dato Keramat Stalls) is one of the oldest in Penang with a history of over 60 years, even older than the food court which was opened back in 1966. Currently run by uncle Ong, it could might as well be the only popiah stall in town that include real crab meat as one of the ingredients.

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Two pieces are the minimum order priced at RM2.80. As you can see the popiah is done the wet way, drowned in the ‘bangkuang char’ (stir-fried turnip/radish) gravy.

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Firstly, a quick glaze of Hoisin and chili sauce on the paper thin crepe for the basic flavors.

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Then a leaf of lettuce is laid on top of the crepe and followed by the remaining fillings of shredded omelette, a scoop of ‘bangkuang char’, a handful of crab meat and a sprinkle of fried shallots. Some fillings that can be found in the other popiah stalls like the sinful lard, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts and sliced meat are not included here.

I believe the Seafood Popiah at Gerai Gerai Padang Brown (or also known as Dato Keramat Stalls) is one of the oldest in...

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You Tiao (You Char Koay) @ 76, Cintra Street

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For the crispiest and tastiest You Tiao (You Char Koay 油炸鬼) it has got to be the nameless shop at 76, Cintra Street (日本街). This golden brown fried bread stick is also known as Chinese crullers or cakoi to the Malay community. You Tiao is such a versatile snack that it can be eaten on its own, stuffed with various fillings, dipped into coffee or porridge and perhaps most importantly – eaten along with Bak Kut Teh. Simply delicious!

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This shop is one of the oldest in town and it is currently run by Madam Chew (left) who mastered the trade from her father. If her father’s days were taken into account, this You Tiao has a staggering 80 years of history already. In the early years, they were operating using a push cart stall at People’s Park opposite Cintra Street. It was only until 17 years ago they moved into a proper shop to continue the business.
Their You Tiao is also popular for being longer and thicker than usual, which is value for money at RM1 each.

For the crispiest and tastiest You Tiao (You Char Koay 油炸鬼) it has got to be the nameless shop at 76, Cintra Street (日本街...

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Peanut Butter Chee Cheong Fun @ Genting Cafe, Island Glades

Just when I thought I am a failed Penangite for having not tasted inarguably the most famous Chee Cheong Fun in the island, I was wrong all the while lol. The Chee Cheong Fun stall I am referring is the one at Genting Cafe nearby Green Lane at Island Glades, where they ingeniously mix the ‘heh ko’ (dark prawn paste) with peanut butter for that special tantalizing touch.

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Apparently, I had it once a few years back when I was at the island looking for my new job’s location. And we had our lunch at Genting Cafe shortly after that. In that super noobish post I wrote four years ago I only mentioned the Curry Mee (which in fact was quite the awesome by the way) but nothing about the Chee Cheong Fun.

Just when I thought I am a failed Penangite for having not tasted inarguably the most famous Chee Cheong Fun in the isla...

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