As I take a walk along Penang Heritage Trail, apart from taking in the colonial architecture and cultural heritage and practices, I come across stalls selling some of Malaysia’s popular street snacks.
Along Kimberley Street, just off Kapitan Keling Road where Chowrasta Market is, there is a stall selling ban chang kueh (also known as apom balik), a type of Malaysian pancake filled with crushed peanuts, sugar and sweetcorn. Here you see many pancakes being made simultaneously, with the lifting and closing of lids used to cover the pancakes till each of them turns golden brown and crispy, before they are folded into half.
ban chang kueh in-the-making
Not too far away along Cintra Street I stop by at a stall selling bak kua and watch the dried pork jerky being cooked traditionally over charcoal. The name of this shop is ‘Tasty Dried Chicken and Pork’.
’TASTY’ bak kua
Just next to the Goddess of Mercy Temple, is a muar chee stall. Another favourite snack of mine, ‘muar chee’ or ‘muah chee’ is made of small glutinuous rice flour coated with sesame seeds, ground roasted peanuts and sugar.
getting my serving of Penang muar chee