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Many moons ago I wrote an entry about 4 different Klang eats that aren’t bak kut teh, and one of the dishes listed was pohpiah at Eng An. However, at the time, we went to Eng An pohpiah instead of the more famous Tan Kee Poh Piah stall as it was closed, so I had to get back there again to find out what the fuss is all about.

Tan Kee Poh Piah at Eng Ann, Klang
Tan Kee Poh Piah at Eng Ann, Klang

Tan Kee Poh Piah is situated at the right side of the roadside hawker area at Eng An, just a few minutes’ drive from the Batu Tiga Toll on Federal Highway. Parking by the roadside is a bit of a haphazard event, but that’s more of a norm in this part of Klang Valley.

The hawker area doesn’t have a lot of luxuries, but there’s ample plastic tables and chairs with a few fans to ensure moderate comfort level.

that glorious pohpiah, laden with sengkuang, lard, and chinese sausage
that glorious pohpiah, laden with sengkuang, lard, and chinese sausage

Tan Kee Poh Piah is very popular, expect a bit of wait time when you order your pohpiah. The owner/operator usually prepares about 18 pohpiah at one go, which takes maybe 5 minutes or so, but even then you may need to wait for sometimes up to half a dozen batches before your turn.

The pohpiah is laden with plenty of sengkuang, tofu, bean sprouts, slices of Chinese sausage, and even some lard. It was savory and makes for very satisfying snack, I could use a bit more chili paste though (you can ask for level of spiciness).

they serve leng chee kang (sweet dessert soup) as well
they serve leng chee kang (sweet dessert soup) as well

The leng chee kang here is pretty decent as well, and usually a very welcoming sidekick for pohpiah especially when it’s hot out.

This version of popiah is just a notch below Melacca’s version, but I’m nitpicking.

map to Eng An hawker centre

Address:
Eng An Hawker Center
Jalan Pekan Baru,
Kawasan 17,
41150 Klang, Selangor
GPS: 3.057694, 101.460094

A trip to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is never complete without having keropok lekor, and when it comes to this particular wholesome snack, Terengganu is usually regarded as the best place to have them.

Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong
Keropok Lekor Zahela Embong, as recommended by Ed

Traditional keropok lekor is made of fish meat, sago, and a bit of salt, there are some that uses flour in addition or instead of sago too. The concoction is then made into unsightly phallic shape that is then boiled and optionally fried.

The keropok is usually served with chili sauce. Here in Klang Valley, you usually get some mass produced chili sauce like Kimball, but in Terengganu, it’s often some home made goodness instead.

keropok lekor with sauce
Keropok Lekor with chili sauce, yum max!

The keropok lekor stall of Zaleha Embong is conveniently located in between the town of Kuala Terengganu and Merang, the jetty for departing to Redang Island.

Our dive guide Ed, who’s been to Redang more often than just about anyone I know, swears on this stall, and I do agree that the keropok lekor here was really awesome. It was delicious, slightly salty and tasted like an offspring of fish cake and prawn fritters. Don’t miss this one if you find ourself heading to Merang Jetty.

Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, KY
Terence, FA, Horng, Kim, Kerol, Haze, and KY

The same stall sells other local products like dried cuttle fish with sugar, salted fish (wet and dried version), and various other prepacked keropok too. I spent RM20 on those other nonsense in making my colleagues in KL happy, they loved it too!

Kerepok Lekor at Kuala  Terengganu map

Address:
Keropok Lekor Zaleha Embong
near Kg. Merabang Likar
21020 Kuala Terengganu

GPS: 5.457598,103.034248
Tel: 09-669 4762

I am truly blessed with awesome friends, and it is with such luck that sometimes I ended up with the greatest gifts from overseas – foods I can’t otherwise get right here in Malaysia.

Knowing that I am a lover of everything pork, when EiLing (nickname Puan Sri) went to Australia for vacation, she bought me a packet of Pork Krackles!

Pork Krackles from Gold Medal Snackfoods
Pork Krackles, from Aussie

The snack is made of pork rind, vegetable oil, salt, and a bit of other things I can never remember. The most important thing was like all other pork rind/crackles products, it always tasted great!

While just as crunchy as Mr. Porky from UK, this one’s not as hard. I think this might due to the fact that they use only the skin layer of pork and does not include the much of the fatty/meat layer.

haze and KY enjoying pork krackles
Haze and KY enjoying pork krackles as late night snack

Oh, and interestingly, it has very little trans fat and a good source of protein (according to their website anyway). Now anyone knows where I can find these things in Malaysia? Pleaseeee?

My current fix is the salmon skin from Isetan from time to time, while it is good, it is no match for proper pork rind. haihh

Like most people, I love to snack from time to time. While watching movies, football games, and during some of those overly expensive coffee & chit chat sessions, a bit of snack goes a long way.

The only little problem is, well, snacking was never really associated with something that is good for you, until now… Introducing Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

mister potato rice crisps
flame grilled BBQ, original, and hot & spicy rice crisps

Yep, the new product is made of a combination of rice and potato. The rice crisps has 20% less fat, no MSG, cholesterol, trans fat free, and doesn’t come with any artificial coloring either.

The extra tall version I bought packed 105 gram of goodness it and comes in 4 different flavors – Flame Grilled BBQ, Original, Hot & Spicy, and Sour Cream & Onion.

KY with mister potato rice crisps
noms noms noms noms

I’ve managed to get my hands on 3 of the 4 flavors. The original is only very lightly salted, with the flame grilled BBQ and the hot & spicy version a bit stronger tasting.

Compared with the traditional version, this definitely tasted slightly less intense. To me that is a good thing, it doesn’t leave a strong after taste nor make you feel very thirsty afterwards. In fact, I just had it as breakfast this morning!

prince of persia the movie

By the way, Mister Potato is also treating Nuffnangers to a special “Snack & Screen” session on the 27th of May, 2010. Go to this Nuffnang blog entry to see how you can get a pair of tickets to watch Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time while enjoying some Rice Crisps by Mister Potato!

p/s: There’s also a chance to win RM 1000, read the entry in its entirety yah!

There is usually at least one type of food that represents a city, and when you are lucky, they are those that can be tapao-ed.

For Penang, it is the Him Heang tambun biscuit, from London, you shouldn’t miss the pork crackles, if there’s someone coming back from the States, get them to source you a pack of Reese’s peanut buttercup, and from Perth, the Corica Apple Strudel.


Corica Apple Strudel from Perth

When Val came back just the other day, it was Cheesie who had asked her to get a loaf of apple strudel from the original Corica Pastries all the way from Perth.

I became the courier for the prized dessert out of convenience since Cheesie was still enroute from Tokyo, Val and I had dinner at BU Centrepoint to complete the transaction and catching up some lost time. After all, we were together for some two years prior to her departure to the land down under.


KY, Horng, Kim, with Cheesie and Koyuki eyeing the Apple Strudel

The next day, Jaclyn, Eric, Kim, Horng, Cheesie, and I got to share the pastry (with Koyuki the huskies & Fatty and Ally the schnauzer eyeing us).

The apple strudel made of layers of crispy pastry with generous amount of apple fillings and custard in between, topped with a thin layer of caramelized sugar. Even though it was more than 36 hours since the strudel left the bakery, it was still awesomely delicious! Not overly rich nor too sweet, it was wholesome and definitely very fulfilling.

I believe a loaf costs over A$15, a bit on a pricey side, but I’d definitely want more! Val, you’re reading this right? 😀

Address:
Corica Apple Strudel
106 Aberdeen Street
Northbridge Western Australia 6003

GPS: -31.945753,115.858855
Tel: +618-9328 8196