Black and white…

It is actually white but after cooking, because of the soy sauce, it becomes black…

Sibu char pek koi 1

I don’t know if you can get it elsewhere and I don’t even know whether this is quintessentially Foochow or not. All I know is that, you can buy it uncooked in packets and you will have to soak it in water overnight to soften it so that you would be able to cook it the next day.

We call it pek koi (white cake/biscuit) here but on the packet, if I’m not mistaken, it is labelled as “rice cakes” I tried it once but it was a disaster. Even though I had soaked it the whole night through, it was still hard and was not really edible after cooking. What a waste of time, effort and money! I think I heard somewhere that there is a certain brand now whereby you will not need to soak it for so long…but no, thank you. Once bitten, twice shy – and if I feel like eating it, I can just go to one of the many places in town where they serve this.

This one’s from the Delta Seafood Cafe and Restaurant (GPS coordinate: 2.307942,111.825264) here and I must say that they do it pretty well. I wouldn’t mind going back again sometime…and for only RM3.00 a plate and the RM1.40 kopi-o-peng, this certainly makes a very satisfactory breakfast…

Sibu char  pek koi 2

Any takers?