While up at Sungai Petani a couple months ago, we took the opportunity to get my brother to introduce some of the more unique dishes the biggest city in Kedah has got to offer. Since we already had those awesome curry mee at Eupe food court, it was time for laksa fish at Restoran Piao Siang.
Restoran Piao Xiang at Sungai Petain, Haze & Win Sern
Restoran Piao Xiang, or Sin Piao Xiang, is located just a stone’s throw away from the Sungai Petani Utara toll plaza, and like most places in Sungai Petani, you won’t have too much of a problem trying to get a parking spot.
The restaurant opens for both lunch and dinner, and is considered one of the bigger eateries in the area, well, big enough to hosts wedding functions every now and then.
the famous laksa fish, with fish, and some laksa noodle too
For the three of us on a very hungry afternoon, we ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice.
The claim of fame here is the laksa fish (RM 26), a dish that is so simple in its ingredients you wonder why we don’t see it anywhere else. You make some awesome laksa broth, throw in steamed fish, mint leaves, and some laksa noodle for good measures.
I think having this dish as is as a whole meal is certainly viable, especially for laksa fans.
eggplant with sambal, stuffed chicken skin, seafood tofu
The eggplant with sambal (RM 7) is a musts order for those who like northern style sambal that comes with a kick. Seafood tofu (RM 9) is pretty decent as snacks, but the stuffed chicken skin (RM 17) actually surprised me, chicken skin stuffed with minced pork, reminds me of the first time I had something like that from Elegant Inn (stuffed with prawn meat tho).
Over all it was certainly a satisfying lunch, and one that is pretty reasonably priced too. If you’re up North, this is certainly not a bad place to check out.
Restaurant Piao Xiang
20 & 21 Jalan Melati 1,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
GPS: 5.677679, 100.507461
Tel: 04-442 6219
Last weekends I went back up north for cheng beng (Hokkien for prayers to ancestors & grave cleaning), and this time around instead of heading back to Penang, we slept over at my brother’s new house at Sungai Petani instead.
More reason to try some of the local hawker fair my brother talked about.
Curry Mee is the busiest stall at Eupe food court, sungai petani
We went to the (I think) the number one hawker attraction in Sungai Petani – the curry mee stall at Eupe food court.
The food court itself is converted by stripping off the walls and ceiling of 28 shop lots to create a giant dining area under one roof, there are dozens of stalls offering various types of food, with the curry mee stall being the one that’s easiest to spot – the one with a long queue.
slices of fresh mackerel is what made this awesome
The ingredients for this curry mee is very different from the ones in Penang or KL. Instead of pork blood, prawns, and cockles, what we have here is a couple slices of fresh mackerel, lady’s fingers, tomato, potato, and half an egg. Of course, there’s the curry broth and sambal. You can also ask for pork ribs as additional topping.
The mixture worked pretty good, felt unusual at first but it proved to be really worth the wait. The best part about this curry mee is the freshness of the fish. According to my brother, if the market doesn’t have fresh fish for the day, the stall isn’t opened.
me & my younger brother, who’s a doctor at Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim
If you’re at SP, get on the queue and spend the RM 6 for this, you’ll not regret.
Eupe Food Court
Jalan Gamelan 5,
Taman Ria Jaya,
08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah
Hours: 9 am till around lunch time
When I was a student in the States years ago, I remember one of the things we always struggle to find when it comes to cooking ingredients is santan, or coconut milk.
I mean, if you’re a Malaysian, you got to have curry, and to make curry and a host of other Malaysian dishes, santan is often a key ingredients. Back in the days, we had to substitute santan with milk, so you can imagine how happy I would have been if I had access to something like S&P Santan instant coconut cream powder back then.
S&P Santan and other FFM’s sponsored products at the cooking workshop
A couple weeks ago, I was invited to attend the I love S&P Santan Cooking Workshop with Chef Andri to check out some of the products from S&P Industries as well as getting our hands wet at the kitchen learning from the good chef in making three different dishes.
Lex from KampungBoyCityGal and I are in the same team
A little bit on S&P Industries Sdn Bhd.
S&P Industries is the pioneer in coconut milk powder manufacturing in Malaysia since 1983 and is the world’s largest producer of coconut milk powder with distributions to more than 40 countries.
Their Santan Instant Coconut Milk Powder is made 100% from fresh coconut, does not have preservative or artificial coloring.
The coconut milk powder comes in 50 gram sachets in original, omega, & pandan. They also have coconut milk coming in 200 ml and 1 liter packs.
working on our first appetizer dish
We had a lot of fun at FFM Marketing’s kitchen with the lively Chef Andri showing off his three recipes – an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert.
I really liked how versatile the coconut cream powder was, it is very easy and convenient to use compared to traditional method. Simply add in the powder while cooking and let it dissolve. The S&P Sejati Desiccated Coconut also came in very handy for making desserts and other dishes, the longer shell life is most helpful too.
With Lex from KampungBoyCityGal as my partner (we called our team Kampung Utara), we competed with other teams in creating these dishes, and although we did not win, I think we can claim that we made some of the best looking dishes among the contestants. If you aren’t the best, try to look the best, right?
I also like the choice of venue, the FFM cooking facility located at Sungai Buloh is really well equipped. In fact we were the first group of people to get to use it. The venue is open to rental too, do contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 03-61457888 for inquiries.
The recipes from Chef Andri are shared below so you can give them a try at home.
For more information on S&P Santan, check out www.spfood.com and www.facebook.com/SPISantan
here’s our spinach broccoli coconut soup (nice plating?)
Spinach Broccoli Coconut Soup
- 50 gram fresh baby spinach
- 100 gram fresh brocolli, cut into florets
- 25 gram butter
- 1/2 red bombay onion, chopped
- 2 nos garlic, crushed
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 50 gram S&P Santan Instant Coconut Cream Powder
- pinch of salt, pinch of nutmeg powder, pinch of white pepper powder
- Rinse fresh baby spinach leaves, shaking off excess water. Melt butter in large sauce pan t medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute for 3 mins of until tender.
- Add vegetable stock, let boil and add broccoli. Put heat at low temperature and simmer for 3 mins or until broccoli is tender. Add fresh baby spinach and cook till just soft. Let cool for a while.
- Using a food processor, process soup until smooth. Return soup to sauce pan and place over medium heat.
- Add S&P Santan Instant Coconut Cream Powder, nutmeg powder, and white pepper. Bring to gentle simmer. Ladle into cups and served with Massimo Wheat Germ garlic bread.
baked cajun chicken wings, with S&P Pandan Santan Coconut Cream Powder
Baked Cajun Chicken Wings
- 3 pairs of chicken wings
- 1 teaspoon Krystal Pure Sunflower Oil
- 2 teaspoon cajun spice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh curry leaves
- pinch of salt
Coconut Pandan Cheese Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon Blue Key Superfine Flour
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 50 gram S&P Pandan Santan Coconut Cream Powder
- 2 tablespoon grated cheddar cheese
- pinch of nutmeg powder, pinch of salt
Garnishing: 1 tablesppon grated parmesan cheese (sprinkle)
- Clean chicken wings and marinate, keep chill for 30 minutes
- Meanwhile, preheat sauce pan with low to medium heat and put in butter. Let it melt and add Blue Key Superfine Flour. Mix well with a balloon whisk until smooth.
- Add in vegetable stock, whisk well and add in S&P Pandan Santan Coconut Cream Powder, whisk until warm but not boiled.
- Add in nutmeg powder, grated cheddar cheese and grated parmesan cheese, stir well until thicken. Turn off heat and put aside.
- Preheat oven to 170C and preheat frying pan with medium heat and seaf the marinated wings until golden brown.
- Put seared wings on oven tray and bake for 15 mins.
- Spread coconut pandan cheese sauce on plate and arrange the baked wings, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top.
Cavendish coconut fritters, with S&P Santan Sejati desiccated coconut
Cavendish Coconut Fritters
- 1 Cavendish banana, peeled and sliced to 3
- 2 cups Seri Murni Cooking Oil for deep frying
- 1 cup Blue Key Self Rising Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda powder
- 1 cup soda water
- 1 cup S&P Santan Sejati Desiccated Coconut
- 1 cup Blue Key Superfine Flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cooking cream
- 50 gram butter
- 1 drop Star Brand Artificial Banana Flavor
- fresh mint leaves
- toasted dessicated coconut-sprinkle
- vanilla ice-cream to serve
- Preheat sauce pan at medium heat to make caramel sauce, stir the sugar, cream and butter, stir well for 4-5 minutes for until smooth. Then drop Star Brand Artificial Banana Flavour and stir well.
- Sift the Blue Key Self Raising Flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Whisk in soda water until smooth.
- Spread S&P Santan Sejati Desiccated Coconut and Blue Key Superfine Flour over separate plates.
- Preheat saucepan at medium heat with Seri Murni Cooking Oil. Roll 3 pieces of banana in flour and shake off excess. use bamboo stick and dip in batter, then roll in desiccated coconut to coat.
- Carefully add to the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
- Spread the caramel sauce over a serving plate and arrange the fried bananas, put vanilla ice cream at side and garnish with fresh mint leaves and sprinkle toasted desiccated coconut.
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