Puff, the magic dragon…

Would you believe it if I tell you that this song by Peter, Paul and Mary was actually banned on national radio? To me, it sounds like some kiddie song but some smart aleck somewhere interpreted it as having some drug connotations. Well, this isn’t going to be a post about the song or the singers nor is it going to be about dragons and drugs…but about curry puffs! LOL!!!

I love the ones from the char siew pao shop at Kai Joo Lane in Kuching…and they used to sell very nice home-made ones at one of the stalls at Rejang Park. I also managed to buy some from that Chopsticks chicken rice shop that were not too bad either – they sometimes have them in the morning. These would be the baked ones with curry-flavoured meat inside.

I never liked those fried ones at the Malay stalls until I came across these…

Bandong's curry puffs

They do not look very nice, that I would admit…but the pastry tastes good and the potatoes inside have that very nice flavour of curry. The best part, of course, is the fact that they are selling them at 4 for RM1.00 only. I got them from my regular Bandong kuih-muih stall a while back and I kept going back for more. By the way, if you’re heading there too, do not buy those that are selling at 3 for RM1.00. They say that they are more expensive because the pastry is nicer as it is layered, but it does not taste as nice and the sweet potato filling has hardly any curry taste at all.

Talking about kuih-muih, I also tried these the other day…

Bandong's durian serimuka

They’re something like serimuka with pulut (glutinous rice) on the bottom half…and the custard layer at the top is made from durian. Not bad, not bad at all…and you can get those at 3 for RM1.00.

And since we’re talking about food in the Bandong area here, the food stall that opens only around lunchtime is really doing very well these days. It is getting very crowded if you go during lunch break and should you go a little later at around 1 or a bit later, most of the things would have been sold out!

I am not surprised by the good response it is getting as the food is nice and relatively cheap, like these assam prawns that I bought from there…

Bandong's assam prawns

Those were all they had left, so I just sapu habis (swept it clean)…for only RM14.00 – one big bowl of prawns which would cost some RM20.00 a kilo at the market – uncooked. They were very fresh, the flesh very firm and sweet…but I found it a bit too (chilli) hot, though yummy.

I bought these ladies’ fingers for only RM3.00…

Bandong's ladies' fingers

…and together with the sup tulang (bone soup), also RM3.00, that would make a complete mean for 3 or 4 persons…

Bandong lunch

Not bad at all, don’t you think? Value for money…

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

19 thoughts on “Puff, the magic dragon…”

  1. For 20rm for a meal that includes big prawns is indeed reasonable… so yummy, man… reminds me.. i must go marketing on friday… my sons are coming back and they requested for home cooked food.. now cracking my head thinking of what to cook…
    hey, have u ever tried those curry puffs with sweet potatoes filling? I love to eat those but unfortunately, mostly are potatoes, perhaps the sweet potatoes are more costly than the normal potatoes…

    Your sons coming home… How nice! My girl doesn’t want to come back this August, so I will have to go over and maybe, we’ll drop by Ipoh. We have sweet potatoes here as well as potatoes…but I still prefer meat with strong curry flavour and it will also depend on the pastry. We have curry puffs at the bakeries here but I don’t fancy them – don’t like their pastry!

    1. yeah, i also dont like those bakery types.. esp the flaky pastry .. i prefer those made by the Malays … no need to spill all over the floor and also the fillings are more… πŸ™‚

      So u r flying over in Aug? great… book early then u can have a cheaper flight… my sons are only coming back for the weekend then they will go back on sunday… just a short weekend here…. sometimes i m torn between going to KL or Pg.. so the best thing is they come back home together… lol..

      I’ve booked…all the way to Penang. Cheap by MAS, the return airfare same as that day when I went to KL only. A bit too old for this, but since my daughter doesn’t want to come home (loaded with work), I have to go over lor…

  2. They normally serve that karipap during our office meetings. Filled with sweet potato. The makcik that sells kuih at our carpark is also charging RM1 for 4 pieces. SO that would make a very cheap bfast, 4 karipaps and free coffee from the office pantry. haha…. only RM1.

    Wah! Spending only RM1 on breakfast. Like that, must be getting richer…and richer…and richer!!! Ladies, here’s a good catch…(if you can have access to the money, that is! Hahahahahaha!!!!)!

    1. Lucky you! Nothing was ever served during our monthly office meeting! So kiamsiap can die wei! πŸ˜›

      He can always tapao and send over bah! Next door only! But knowing him, probably nothing left! Hahahahaha!!!

  3. Me likey~ Missing food back home now! *stomach growling*

    You’re the one Down Under, right? I can never remember who’s who where!!! Twins! Hahahahaha!

  4. now people sell chicken curry puff also still full of potatoes. so misleading.. it’s very disappointing to find a really good and honest curry puff seller nowadays!

    ok.. that’s sounds a bit too dramatic haha!

    I guess they’re cheaper…so easier to sell. But I love the ones with meat with rich shortcrust pastry – RM1.50 – 2.00, still ok, as long as they’re nice!!!

  5. i didn’t know that they sang this song or even didn’t know that this song exist πŸ˜€
    i like 500 miles sang by them.
    so sad… boo hoo!

    the lady finger looks tasty! πŸ˜€

    Good grief!!! You’re too young to like Peter, Paul and Mary – whatever song! 500 miles, yucks! Did you know that Saloma recorded that song – her only English single? LOL!!! Now…now…just which lady finger are you taking about? Hahahahahahaha!

  6. “Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
    And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee…”

    Wow! I can still remember the lyrics of the song! I think we sang that in kindergarten.

    Hahahahaha!!! And I hope nobody was smoking crack – puffing away while you all were singing!

  7. Like Clare, I used to sing that song too – during English tuition with Mrs Lau. Come to think of it, she showed us Blue Lagoon movie too….. I must have been 8 or 9 years old at that time. I don’t think my dad would have been very happy if he knew. Haha!

    I love those sort of karipaps – meatless but stuffed with curried sweet potatoes. Yum!

    Hah! Our tastes are so different! I prefer the meat ones!…Blue Lagoon!!! Gosh! I hope all you little girls were not squinting your eyes trying to see Chris Atkin’s family jewels while he went swimming with Brooke Shields! No wonder all wearing specs today! Hahahahahaha!!!! Wasn’t it such a boring movie – especially for kids?

  8. those food are very affordable. better than cooking it yourself with all the hassle.

    Yes, especially Malay dishes! SO MANY ingredients to prepare. I will only cook those with ready instant mix available. Otherwise, I would just go and buy…

  9. puff the magic dragon indeed….

    anyway… Do you get discounts by now when you buy stuff at the Makcik’s stall.. considering the amount of promotion you seem to be doing for her stall.. hahaha.. bigger portion perhaps?

    Sometimes she would give me an extra piece…so she would give me the leftovers, depending on the time of day. She calls it “sedekah”… Now isn’t that “alms” in English? Eyew….. Hahahahaha!!!

  10. Tried to go to the Malay stall you mentioned once around 12 something in the afternoon and it already closing for business. Since then, never try again. Think will need to try again after looking at the big nice prawns.

    Are you sure? 12 something? That’s early!!!…They do not always have prawns, so if you will email me your name and hp number, I can buy and call you whenever I see any available… Hahahahaha!!!

  11. You got me confused lah, at first i thought you wanted to talk about that song, scrolled down, baru tahu you were talking about curry puff.

    hey bro,what are you listening now? any new and good song you recommend?

    When it’s STP, you should expect that it has got something to do with food! Hahahahaha!!!…..Haven’t heard any new song that I really like! The recorded version of “No Boundaries” by the American Idol winner – not too bad. Now, what’s his name ah? See…I can’t even remember! Shouldn’t have won!!! I remember Adam…crystal clear! Hahahahaha!

  12. curry puffs….sedap di makan when its hot…i tasted many but cant really say which kuih stalls have the best 1 around town but i sometimes went to New nur Islamic cafe, next to RHB Delta….they sell a type of karipap which is quite good…d potatoes and meat inside the pastry taste nice…it costs 50 cents a piece….they normally have it throughout the day but sometimes they sold out quite fast….u should try it STP & give your comments about it.

    Seldom go to town lah….Malas, have to look for parking…and walk so far! LOL!!!

  13. oh my.. i read the lyrics about the puff the magic dragon, it was such an innocent and straightforward song.. but some twisted dork go and tried to go in depth and turned it into drug issue and make it controversial? soo ridiculous! and for some who believed it and ban it on the radio? gosh.. i think those people were the one who’s taking the real weed!

    Yalor…some people really have got nothing else better to do. And Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is banned too. I don’t think it’s the violence, more likely the use of “Bismillah” in the song!

  14. The curry puff…looks bad from the outside…or normal. πŸ˜€ 4 for Rm1 really cheap. We don’t get that in Malacca anymore. Malacca is turning into a mini-KL now. Everything is expensive and the food price is escalating too. =/

    The ladies fingers looks yummy. RM3 is relatively cheap for a dish huh. But weirdly….I have never ordered lady fingers dish outside.

    Thank goodness we still can get some reasonably-priced stuff here. I had the best ladies’ fingers at The Ark here but the chef had left and there are some restaurants serving the veg too, pretty nicely done. They usually have at those economical rice stalls but theirs are horrible…

  15. Halo..
    Food is not far away from your blog… hohoho… why you always made me salivate leh? hahaha…

    No wonder you are that “BUI2” kakaka..

    Some people said, to be healthy eat more food and stay FAT, rite?

    Chinese say…being fat is “HOCK” or luck!!! Too bad I’m ALL fat and NO luck! Hahahahaha!!!!

  16. Wah RM1 for 4 pieces very cheap leh. RM0.25 one piece, how to make money?
    I like assam prawn, look fresh and delicious……….got to go eat dinner now…..

    Dunno… 25 sen each cheap kah? Yes, the prawns were fresh and very delicious. I hear they’ve VERY expensive in KL. No plans to come over for a visit? You can have a feast here! LOL!!!

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