Wherever I lay my hat…

The lyrics of this song go, “Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.” Well, my daughter’s home for the holidays and I decided to cook something that she loves to eat – top hats or what are locally called kuih pai tee!

For the filling, I bought some sengkuang,(Mexican turnip) or what we call mangkuang/bangkuang here…

STP's kuih pai tee 1

…which I had to peel and shred real fine…

STP's kuih pai tee 2

…and I also chopped some long beans…

STP's kuih pai tee 3

…and some tau kua (tofu slices)…

STP's kuih pai tee 4

I used some minced meat but it would be nicer with minced prawns, or at least a bit of each. I wanted to give some to my mother and since she’s allergic to prawns, I had to do without it…

STP's kuih pai tee 5

…and once I had got some finely-chopped garlic ready…

STP's kuih pai tee 6

…I was ready to roll! After heating some oil in the wok , I browned the garlic in it before adding the minced meat. Then, the long beans went in, followed by the tau kua and the sengkuang. Finally, I added a tablespoon of chicken stock granules in place of salt and msg and this was how it turned out in the end…

STP's kuih pai tee 7

I also fried some omelette and cut it into thin bits to be added to the filling later. I did not mix the egg with everything else as my mother is also allergic to it…

STP's kuih pai tee 8

Now, many of you are dying to find out how I made the pai tee cups. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint all of you ‘cos I did not make the kuih pai tee cups myself. The truth is I do not know how to make them but the stall selling those delicious pulut panggang at Rejang Park sells those at RM10.oo for one whole container of them…

STP's kuih pai tee 9

I guess it is so much easier just to buy them. All that was left to be done after that was to fill the cups with the filling, add some chilli sauce on top and gulp it all up!

STP's kuih pai tee 10

It would have been nicer with some homemade hand-pounded chilli but there was not a single one at the market when I went in the morning, so we had to make do with chilli sauce instead…

STP's kuih pai tee 11

There was a bit too much of the filling for the number of cups in the container, so I guess I would have to go and buy some popiah skin to make some fried spring rolls. My daughter loves those too…