Some of you might recall that I absolutely love the popiah at Melaka that comes with the very sinful fried lard. Well, now I have finally found one worthy Halal version here at PJ thanks to Kelvin.
the very old school food court
This popiah stall is located at the wet market food court next to the PJ Digital Mall at Seksyen 14, for those who are a bit challenged geographically, it is one street behind the opposite of the new Jaya 33 mall.
According to Kelvin, the popiah stall has been in business more than some bloggers have been alive. Still with the same owner serving the same very best popiah basah (wet spring roll).
ahh, glorious popiah!
At just RM 1.00 each, the popiah comes with the traditional ingredients of bean sprouts, tofu, and I believe Chinese turnip (mangkuang), kunyit and perhaps a few more ingredients I can’t name. A sweet brown sauce topped the roll and you can have chili paste according to taste as well. I usually love mine a bit spicier than normal, I think it goes very well with the brown sauce. The juiciness and the satisfaction from this traditional snack is something worth way more than the RM 1 you have to pay.
now you know how to get there from Federal Highway
The stall is open on afternoons, give it a try especially if you find yourself at Digital Mall.
GPS: 3.109652, 101.635863
So we finally decided to try out the Poh Piah (wet spring roll) stall at the monday night pasar malam at SS2. As the stall was usually way too crowded and our stomach way too hungry, we usually passed up the idea of waiting in starvation.
This time around, after buying our usual dinner packages to be enjoyed at Misai mamak stall, one of us decided to order 4 pieces of poh piah. The friendly hawker said “come back in half an hour”. So we enjoyed our Char Kuih Kak, Nyonya Kuih, Fried Chicken, and so forth at Misai, and finally went back to the poh piah stall.
Sure enough, the uncle still remembered that my friend had ordered half an hour ago. He was way busy in preparing for another batch of poh piah to be served to his crowded customers surrounding the stall.
And I do mean crowded!
While waiting, we started to chat up with the hawker. All of a sudden, the uncle said “I’m retiring.. been selling for 30 years and it took me 5 years just to get the skin right. It’s tiring and this will be my last day “
Everyone around the stall displayed a look of dissapointment on their face.. We tried to convince the uncle to teach one of us to take over the business, but he said it’ll take months to learn, full time, and basically probably telling us to just keep our day job and stop harrassing him preparing the lasts of the poh piah.
Feeling somewhat lucky and yet dissapointed at the same time, we collected the poh piah and head home.
Overly satisfied customer
And it was really good! Easily the best poh piah I’ve had in KL. Too bad this first one is also the last one.
I secretly hope that the whole retirement thing is just a trick for getting more customers. We’ll see if he comes back next week. hehe
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.117419, 101.621593