I went to the outdoor morning market with my Mom and her friend. My Mom has been shopping here for years. This vegetable stall owner allows Mom and her friend to deposit their purchases here, until it’s time to leave. The man would even help take their bags of food to the car. Fabulous service, don’t you think?! In case you are wondering, he doesn’t do that for everyone. Mom is a loyal and special customer.
These are popular Chinese snack that have been around for many years. Fried dough – they are crispy on the outside and soft inside. The long ones on the left (Yau Char Kwai in Chinese. In Australia, these are referred to as “Chinese doughnuts”) are lovely when dunked in local coffee. It is also commonly eaten with Chinese congee.
There are a few varieties of round ones on the right (Ham Chim Pang)– sweetened dough with seeds on top, sometimes containing sweet fillings made of beans or rice, etc.
Char Kueh Teow is a favourite street food. It is made with thin flat rice noodles fried with bean sprouts, prawns and Chinese sausage (which is the red piece on the top). The sauce to flavour this dish is a concoction of a few ingredients including light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, salt and oyster sauce. The green leaf that the food is placed on is banana leaf, which in this case is just an aesthetic feature.
Malaysian desserts tend to use a lot of shaved ice, which I love since the weather is always hot and humid. This dessert has many varieties of local fruits and sweet potato, served in freshly squeezed coconut milk.