Cuisine: Malaysian/Street food
Last visited: April 24-26, 2010
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Address: all over the streets and KL’s Chinatown
Jalan Petaling on Petaling Street in Chinatown
Price Range: $10 or less (super cheap)
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
I sampled lots of a traditional Malaysian street food while touring Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. My favourite street food out of everything I tried was by far Apam Balik – a Malaysian peanut pancake or Malaysian peanut turnover. I like it so much I’m doing a whole separate post just for it.
I watched the man make it step by step and it’s a local favourite Malaysian dessert. I didn’t see it at any restaurants but it’s probably something better on the street. I haven’t even seen it offered at Malaysian restaurants in Vancouver, BC. This is a must try if you’re planning to travel or visit Malaysia. Not to be missed!
These actually come in savoury forms in Indonesia or the Middle East called Murtabak, but I only saw this dessert version in Malaysia. I can only imagine how delicious savoury ones are.
On the street:
This picture just makes me so excited!! Look how big it is before it gets cut! The Apam Balik is on the right and the one in the front is something else. I didn’t try the one in the front because it’s apparently not as good.
**Apam Balik – 6/6
- Malaysian peanut pancake or peanut turnover.
- It’s a traditional Malaysian crispy pancake or crepe with roasted peanut and sugar crumb stuffing.
- The batter is made from flour, eggs, sugar, yeast and water so it’s actually thicker than a crepe, but not as fluffy as a pancake.
- He brings the milk in these little plastic bags to work everyday. So cute!…so thankful I didn’t get sick…
- He pours the batter into this massive pancake griddle and allows it to slowly cook.
- He then sprinkles handfuls of crumb mixture on top that’s made from roasted peanut crumbs and sugar.
- He then folds half of it over like an omelette and allows it to cook for a little while longer.
- You see those crispy edges? From the batter that comes up the sides of the griddle… that’s one of the best parts, so make sure you choose one with lots of crispy edge!
- It has a crispy outer edge (like a crepe) and then a chewy soft middle and it’s also kind of sticky. Then you have the crumbly peanut sugar mixture.
- It’s nutty, not too sweet and just perfect.
- You can see the texture of it. See how it’s soft and chewy…almost like he used rice flour to make it. I wonder…
He also makes these which are stuffed with something else… but I didn’t try them, which I kind of regret. I was full!! I don’t know the name of them, so if someone could help me out?