You showed me (2)…

I was in Penang last year around this time and my niece took me and my daughter to this place called New World…and we had the steamed yam cake (or koi) there. I could remember that it was served with some hay-kor (prawn paste) along with the chilli sauce. It certainly seems that Penangites do that a lot – add hay-kor to a lot of their food. Anyway, I bought some steamed pumpkin cake (kim kua koi) the other day and decided to do the same…

Steamed pumpkin cake - Penang style 1

I added the readily-mixed rojak sauce, along with some Thai chilli sauce to dip the pumpkin cake in before eating it…

Steamed pumpkin cake - Penang style 2

…and goodness me! It was SO delicious that I was really looking forward to having more!!!

So, the very next day, I went back to the same place and bought the steamed yam cake (or koi) this time. They’re RM1.20 for 4 at the coffee shop located at the back portion of the Sibu Medical Centre premises here.

When I checked the post on that place in Penang, I saw that they actually sprinkled some dried shrimps over the yam cake as well. They look more like bubuk to me – those really tiny ones that people use to make cincaluk (fermented shrimps). Unfortunately, I did not have that, so I chopped some dried prawns (hay bee) into tiny bits and fried those with shallots in a little bit of oil and spread them over the yam cake…

Steamed yam cake - Penang style 1

I did not forget the hay kor and the Thai chilli sauce, of course and when I tried it, I found it to be really very nice and I loved it tremendously…

Steamed yam cake - Penang style 2

Out of this world! It was simply out of this world!

Steamed yam cake - Penang style 3

Hmmmm…if I were to sell this for RM2.00, do you think it would sell like hot cakes?

Author: suituapui

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29 thoughts on “You showed me (2)…”

  1. haha, let me see, i have the same for 80sen here i think… but maybe yours bigger and tastier ? heheehe

    80 sen? For 4 pieces like that? Gee! Where are you? So cheap! But not with the hay kor and hay bee, I’m sure. Only in Penang. Such kuihs from the Chinese stalls here are quite pricey – much cheaper at the Malay stalls…if they have the same things that are nice…but this month, they’re fasting… Not open for business 😦

    1. haha,,, opps… the picture is 4pieces eh =_=|}|||| i thought one lah… its one for 80sen, pretty much look like that. LOL. so u wanna open shop to sell those thing soon ? ahahaha. when i back to sarawak i go visit ur shop

      If only I were younger, I certainly would go into this food line… If I had done that before, I would be rich by now… SIGH!!!!!

  2. Hey STP, if u really going to cook and sell that, I would surely be your customer!! I know you, u know me, u will give lots of toppings!! hahahaha… btw, i love the pumpkin cake… anything pumpkin, i m in! the other day, my mum used it to boil soup with carrots, tomatoes, the soup turned out so nice and sweet… and it has good nutrients too!!

    Hahahaha!!! Loyal supporter, eh? Ya…the seller kept telling me pumpkin’s nicer…that day when I went back to buy the yam cake. Must try cooking the soup – still got carrot and tomatoes in the fridge. I usually cook pumpkin masak lemak or kampong style – with belacan and ikan bilis…

  3. RM2? War…very expensive lar. πŸ˜€

    Hmmmm…Really nice, absolutely delicioius one! Eeee…like that, better don’t go into that kind of business. So many kiam siap people around! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  4. argh!! i love yam cake!! LOL! but never try to dip in any sauces yet, maybe i can try this one! πŸ™‚

    Go ahead…give it a try! It really is nice, I tell you… πŸ˜‰

  5. Love yam cake but i couldnt take much cos it will trigger my gastric pain. Well, at my place here, i hardly see pumpkin cake, maybe shall give a try if happen to see anywhere selling…

    Personally, I prefer pumpkin – sweeter and extra fragrance in comparison…but yam’s ok also. πŸ™‚

  6. wah….haha. That must be Or-koi Special. Tambah this and that….. looks nice.

    It IS nice… You should give it a try. I bet there are a number of places in Kuching selling very nice or-koi… Kuching always have better ones when it comes to such nyonya or Chinese kuihs. 😦

  7. you are rite…i think the penangites really love their hay kor
    the other day i was at my boss’s house and his wife prepared penang laksa with hay kor too..hmm…but it did taste good tho

    Yes, it certainly serves to enhance the taste a lot more than just chilli sauce. I definitely would eat it like that everytime I buy those kuihs…

  8. Yummy! Maybe i will make the kim kua kuih to go with the thai chilli n rojak! It can be a meal on its own. πŸ™‚ Butternut pumpkins are on special now. 1st i have to rummage for Pollie’s ‘Or koi’ recipe. πŸ™‚

    You can make? Usually my MIL would make the or-koi… Dunno if missus knows how to make or not – maybe she does, just too lazy to bother. 😦 Personally I prefer pumpkin…or breadfruit (sukun) to yam…

  9. *dies* My mouth watering oredi. Haizz… can’t get any good ones over here. Some of them too keras while a good others are very lumpy. 😦 Not nice at all… yours looks yummy… if only I can get my hands on those! LOL.

    Ya…must have good ones. Most that we find here – like plastic…or tasteless agar2. But thankfully, this particular place that I frequent has very nice kuihs.

    1. Yes, yes… some tastes really rubbery… and it’s really a turn off. 😦 I can’t get good ones in KL, and it’s been ages since I ate good ones. Time to bodek Smallkucing for some… if I’m not mistaken, she knows how to make. LOL!

      Ya…no yam taste, no hay bee taste – not nice at all. 😦

  10. This is so funny lol, i from Penang never tasted the kuih with hay kor..

    Aiyor, so kesian. You go lah…New World there. Very nice…and so many nice things to eat as well.

  11. EH… Cikgu, ur place got flood ah? Saw in the news some places in Sibu flooding.

    Subsided already….after two days of good sunny weather. Before that, really heavy rain like someone pouring buckets of water from the skies. Heard it was worse upriver, so all that water coming down overflowed onto the banks. Mostly low-lying parts of the town along the river bank – my place high and dry, thankfully. The drain outside the house filled to the brim…but thankfully, did not overflow onto the road or my driveway. So far, my area has been spared even though the flood was quite serious in other parts of Sibu, thank God!

    1. Gosh, thank God for that… I was wondering if your place is affected.

      My area’s fine… Even when it was worse two years ago, the most was up to the driveway…the car porch. The house proper was fine, thank God!

  12. I love yam cake very much, no need those things on top I just need sauce & chilli. Courier 10 packs for me please, hehehe… πŸ˜‰

    Hehehehehe!!! If you want it, here it is…come and get it! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  13. Thanks Arthur. I can try it when in Penang. Looking forward, hehehehehe….

    Welcome. Btw, don’t go Gurney Drive – crowded, messy…people very rude and the food not even nice! Try Northam Court… You can search PENANG on my blog to see the posts I have had on places with nice things to eat… Enjoy yourself!

  14. i like those yam cake that is packed with real yam and not flour… the dry shrimps is a must too!

    Yup…I wouldn’t buy if it’s all flour. My school canteen used to make nice ones – with the yams in chunks. Yum! Yum! I wonder if they still make them… Drool! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  15. Both my hubby and son love pumpkin cakes, especially the homemade ones by my mother in-law. She is very generous with ingredients, thick toppings of fried shallots and dried shrimps sprinkled all over it… sure yummilicious what. Hahaha..

    Homemade ones are the best, can never beat that. Try with hay kor and see! You’ll love it even more… πŸ˜‰

  16. i love yam cake too!!! I like it plain, maybe with some fried onion on top, then dip with chili sauce, very yummy.

    You know what, the dried prawn or hay bee here is a lot smaller than the one we had in Sibu. When my mum bought over for my mother in law, she will ask me, this is hay bee or small prawn? hahahah. Theirs is really tiny type.

    Oooo…can’t beat your mum’s. Still remember the cake you gave me – with something purple like yam. So very nice! Drool! Drool!!! Oh? So theirs so small…like dried bubuk? Well, I used dried bubuk for cooking too…like hay bee but I don’t have any right now. Usually a lot when in season, around March…I think – the time when a lot of people will make belacan and cincaluk.

  17. i made the best kim kua koi n friends all asked for I give give. actually I got the recipe from a magazine.

    Hmmmm…can make one for me next time you come to Sibu. πŸ˜‰ I love kim kua koi…more than or koi!

  18. if u are going to sell that.. i’ll take the first flight to sibu to try it out! πŸ˜€

    Ok…come, come! LOL!!! Nice, I tell you… No kidding! πŸ˜‰

  19. when i look at the cake…thought is those udang pancake…but is not…then i read it…is a pumpkin cake…wow…looks good with the sauce together…

    Udang pancake? What’s that? Cucur udang, you mean? No lah…this is different. Or koi – Penang style. LOL!!!

  20. You could sell it for RM 2 if you had not revealed your recipe =). Now that we know how you do it, we can make our own and not need to buy from you anymore hahahahah…….
    on a more serious note, actually the Thai Chilli sauce that the shops in Penang use, actually it is not the original recipe. They used to make their own special chilli instead but most people nowadays feel that it is a hassle to do their own so they just buy the sauce to compliment their dish.

    Oh dear! My business plans dashed. No wonder I’ll never be rich – mustn’t reveal trade secrets. LOL!!! Ya…me too. Just buy the ones in the bottle… Beggars can’t be choosers. Lazy people included! πŸ˜‰

  21. Wahhh improvising eh? Good job! The yam cake looks DELICIOUS!!! OK I’ll have one piece RM2! πŸ˜›

    Aha! I knew they will sell. Hmmmm…should think about doing this…when I get too bored of teaching. LOL!!!

  22. now very expensive already for Yam cake. tiny piece cost rm0-80 to rm1 😦

    Oh? Here…the four pieces RM1.20, so it’s 30 sen each. Cheap eh? πŸ˜‰

  23. I’ve tried Penang’s chee cheong fan and they dip with ‘har kor’. Not used to eat it like that. hehe…prefer our normal type.

    I like fried yam cake. If add a lot of sesame seeds also very nice.

    Not a fan of chee cheong fan with hay kor either… In fact, not crazy about chee cheong fan – just ok with it. Ya…my daughter would rather have yam cake deep fried – hot from the wok…and then, sore throat! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ But she likes it like this…that time at New World.

  24. oh. unfortunately yam cake is not my “cup of tea”. I really don’t have that desire but anyway nice sharing.

    No? They must be really nice ones – homemade ones the best. Some commercially sold ones – just flour, quite tasteless. Pumpkin’s the same… I’m glad I found this place – both the yam and pumpkin cakes are quite nice – not the best…but nice enough.

  25. Ha ha ha, agree, Penangites sure eat lots of hay kor……I like it with the Chee cheong fun! LOL!

    Ya…I remember the first time I had that – at Paramount, that time when you took me to this place there. It was nice…but I wasn’t that crazy over it. I think it blends better with yam cake or pumpkin cake…

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