I can see clearly now…

That day, when I put up this post, there seemed to be a whole lot of confusion among some parties concerned. Annie-Q also uploaded her photograph of it on Facebook and her friends were equally baffled. They all thought it was hay peah (prawn fritter).

No, tee piang is NOT hay peah – get that loud and clear. Now THIS is a distant cousin of hay peah and it is calledย chai peah (vegetable fritter)…

Chai piang

Obviously, you do not get to see a prawn or two on top as it is not what you call hay peah. We do have those prawn fritters here too…and I can get similar yet different ones at the Malay kuih stalls here as well.

AND this chai peah is TOTALLY different from ย our local Foochow delicacy – the tee piang

Tee piang kosong 1

If you remember, I did mention that they are made from soya bean pulp and that is exactly what distinguishes between the boys and the men. If you buy from those sellers that use more flour in their batter, the tee piang, of course, would not be so nice. Thus, you must know where to go to get the best ones in town.

These regular or kosong (empty) ones are 3 for a ringgit…

Tee piang kosong 2

…and Annie-Q loves them this way, eaten with chili sauce. Yum! Yum!

Being a meat person, I would very much prefer those stuffed with meat…

Tee piang with meat 1

…sold at RM1.00 each.

Here! Take a look at the meaty filling…

Tee piang with meat 2

Doesn’t that look simply alluring? Drool! Drool!

So, there you are! Don’t come and say that those are hay peah anymore for they certainly are NOT! I do hope everyone can see clearly now… LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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39 thoughts on “I can see clearly now…”

  1. Wokay, time for me to get some jagung and make cucur jagung. LOL…. it’s been awhile.

    Yes, haven’t seen or heard of them for a long time. By the way, Happy Birthday to you today, may all your birthday wishes and all your dreams come true. God bless always.

    1. Last made it two month ago, I think. My anak makan til muak, so I stop making it. Quiet bday, hopefully, and I have no special wishes this year… except for my grandpa to get well and go to hospital for checkup. He fell off the stairs, cannot walk properly now and so degil… dowan to go to hospital! (tsk… like the cucu la… dun like hospital)

      Aiyor…old people cannot fall down one. That’s why I always hold on to something when going up and down the stairs and things like that. My father is another one – simply refuses to hold even though I keep telling him. Almost 90 years old…and he thinks he’s only19. Tsk! Tsk! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Yalo… jatuh liao my grandpa summore very degil dowan see doctor. Just call those tukang urut come and massage him. Degil ah… recalcitrant! One mth liao, belum baik leh.The other day I called to nag him and beg him to go jumpa doctor, he summore dare to say I sounded like my late grandma cuz I ‘pot pet pot pet’ him. My grandpa oso perasan muda wan la… if he have it his way, he’ll still be dancing twist every Friday nite. Tsk~ My grandpa is in his 80s, I think. But oso like ur father la… perasan he’s 18. Ask him use hearing aid, dun wan… den ppl always tink us anak cucu are lunatic cuz shout and yell at him when tok to him. Ask him see doctor… oso dun wan… say he still sihat=.= Susah…

        I wonder whether I will be like that when I grow old. But frankly, I don’t hope to live to be so old. Just hope that one fine day, I will just drop dead. Had a friend (ex-classmate) who went for dinner at a nice restaurant and he just collapsed and died. That would be nice – but have to be after the dinner nor before. Hehehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Hmm.. “I can see clearly now” and tee piang, not sure if the two go together. And alluring? That word conjures up many things to me but not a soybean patty. But I must admit that that last pic does look alluring – juicy, moist, inviting, ravishing…

    Cheeky eh? Spank! Spank! LOL!!! Ooooo….the one is the last pic tastes soooooo good! Well, you’ll just have to wait till next year…unfortunately. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I can seeee clearly now the rain has gone.. I can see all obstacles in my way… Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind…. its gonna be a bright… bright… sun shining day!
    (Correct wordings ah? Never check the google yet!) hahahaa…

    Yes, this morning it was a bright shining day over here in IPOH.. hope everything runs smoothly..
    About the tee or the hay, I wanna try them all… esp the last one! Gosh.. that is called Special!!

    Almost perfect – I think it’s “shiny” rather than “shining”. It’s hot and sunny here too… Ok…ok…you can try them when you come over…whenever that may be. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. que sera sera..whatever will be .. will be…
      the future not ours to see… hahahaha…. maybe you have to come one more time before we can actually go over to Sibu! :p

      Sigh! No excuse to go over lah… Was telling Elin that I hope her son or daughter would get married soon… Otherwise, I would have to wait for yours to do that…

  4. …..so…, ” to peah (be) or not to peah (be) (HAMLET…). Haha! Mr STP, the teacher in you certainly radiated out in this post!! Enjoy your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Occupational hazard. Must make sure everything is explained clearly and everybody understands. But usually, in a class, there will be some nincompoops who will miss the point. Tsk! Tsk! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Though the tee piang stuffed with meat fillings looks nice but I still prefer the kosong ones. Yum!..Yum!…with chilli sauce.

    You same gang as Annie-Q…and my missus also. Give me the meat! Yum! Yum! LOL!!!

  6. I can see clearly now, *chai peah* is gone,
    I can see all *meaty meat* in *tee peah*
    Gone are the *hay peah* that had me *burped*
    Itโ€™s gonna be a yum (yum), yum (yum)
    Yum-Yummy day.

    I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
    I can see all obstacles in my way
    Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
    Itโ€™s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
    Sun-Shiny day.

    Aiyor…this must be the Ah Peah Ah Beng version of the song… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Arthur, your friend Bananaz is so cute. Couldn’t help singing to the tune when reading his comments!

      He ah! Oldie but goodie…old old songs, sure he’ll know. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. WOW!! Your pictures look good, nice and clear! It make the “normal and plain looking” tee piang look so “gorgeous”!

    Tea time now, sipping my coffee, how nice can go with tee piang and chili.

    Yum! Yum! Btw, I bought the Rejang Park ones the other day – smaller but 4 for RM1.00. Not full of holes like these but the texture is very very coarse – not nice.These are still the best.

  8. I wont know the difference, forgive me. so many names! lol. but i’ve eaten them all (going by the looks) except the one with the meat stuffing. Kuching dont have kah?

    Haven’t heard of any there. Even here, I don’t think you can get it anywhere you like – the kosong ones, yes…but more often than not, those at the stalls e.g. at the market, are not nice.

  9. Ok, sir. I got it loud and clear. It’s not hay peah but it’s chai peah. It’s sure looks like hay peah, sir. ๐Ÿ˜›

    LOL!!! Call it whatever you want. They will all end up in the same place,anyway… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Lol!! Someone being rather sensitive. Hay pneah, hu peah, chai peah, all also same peah ma! I am like you, will go for meat anytime over vegs! Lol!! =x I’m at my all time heaviest now at 78kg. HELP!!!!

    No worries…still a long way to catch up with me. 120 kg! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now, is it a man thing or what? Seems all the ladies love the kosong with chili sauce…and my friend, Jimmy, from Bintulu prefers the meat…and me too…and now you as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I’ve only seen and tasted the Malay equivalents. Never tasted any of these but they do look YUM!

    The Malays there have these? Here, not the tee peang…just the cucur sayur or the cucur udang and not exactly the same…

  12. I’d prefer chai peah thn hay peah, nowadays those hay peah no longer has shrimps on it, tsk tsk! You chai peah looks more alluring with meaty filling!^^

    Aha…something not quite right there… Go back and read it all over ahead or I will make you copy a hundred times. LOL… ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Aiyo, my brain also ‘peang’ liao….so many types of nice biscuits…..good to eat with a cup of hot coffee…

    A lot more where these came from… Can’t afford to buy all and not so much the money but the fact that I would have to eat everything myself…

  14. 3 or 4 for RM1.00!!?? I want to migrate now… from city to big town!

    Yesterday, someone told me the meaning of tee piang. She said “tee” is a kind of clam with “two feelers”, if you get what I mean. They are from China. So, in China, they always put two of these clams when they make this tee piang. We always thought that it means “boy”!
    Anyway, do you have the recipe for making a plain tee piang?
    The meat filling … I want a dozen! RM1 is a steal lah!!

    1 dozen coming up…LOL! I bought 10 for my friend Jimmy in Bintulu and gave him just before he boarded the bus. On the way, he could not tahan and ate two – I can imagine how the other passengers in the bus suffered that day. ๐Ÿ˜€ Another friend was chatting with me on Facebook last night and he said he loves the meat ones…but his mum would only allow him to buy and eat one… Poor thing.

    Nope, no recipe. I don’t know the meaning of the name…and neither do I know the meaning of kompia…or manggi… Never mind, just eat. I remember the meat ones were 5sen each long long ago…but at that time kampua was only RM1-1.50 a plate.

    1. Thank you thank you … I will be waiting… haha. So nice of you!

      Kompia or “kom” literally means roasting in charcoal fire. So if you look into the “oven” or where kompia is made, that cooking process is called “kom”

      In the good old days when I was a kid, we used huge firewood fired cooking stove. After cooking is done, we bury sweet potatoes under ashes and covered them with the smothering red coal/charcoal. When meal was over, we would go and look for the sweet potatoes … the smell was so sweet and taste was simply great! Now I missed that! Haih… Oh… just wondering why I tell you this… we called this cooking process “kom huang shu” or “kom sweet potatoes”. haha

      Aha!!! I see… Never too old to learn, and we learn new things every day. Thanks for the info.

  15. Hehe.. So many names. So confusing. My mandarin/Foochow is poor. ๐Ÿ™‚ The last picture looks so yummy! Will definitely try it when I’m in Sibu

    Yes, put it on your must-eat list. My Mandarin isn’t much better and despite being a Foochow, I can only speak a sprinkling of the dialect. I speak Hokkien but hardly anybody speaks it here now – mostly the old ones only…like me.

    1. Me too… But I don’t speak Hokkien. I self taught myself to speak Mandarin. Still not good at it. In Sibu, I have a few friends who don’t speak English. During our conversations, I speak in English and they answer in Mandarin vice versa. I speak fluent Foochow (only the bad words) hahaha

      I also picked up Mandarin via speaking. No choice – everyone here is speaking the language these days and they cannot speak Hokkien…or English or BM…unlike some 5 years ago or so. Now I can communicate in Mandarin quite well in everyday conversations…but all my lifein Sibu, I’ve not been able to master Foochow. Shame, shame…myself a Foochow. LOL!!!

  16. the vegetable fritters work fine for me! they look so yummy! and yes, these taste heavenly when dip in chilli sauce! ๐Ÿ˜€

    btw, hay peah for us is prawn crackers, while prawn fritters we call it as hay chee.

    Oh? As in keropok? Here we call prawn crackers keropok, never mind Chinese or Malay.

  17. I don’t think I’ll ever remember their names. Whatever “peah” they’re called, I want them all! All look so delicious…fried and crispy dipped with chili sauce…OMG, I’m salivating as I’m typing. Btw, good photography skill there.

    Ok lah, biasa aje… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ya…whatever name, all masuk perut but if you want to eat and you want people to buy, it may be a problem when you do not know the name. Have to learn…

  18. wah…that chai peah reminds me of the ones i use to have when i was in school. Our school canteen used to have chai peah and the canteen operator then (moh Seng canteen) makes good chai peah. it was 15cents each. every recess i had that, dip in chili sauce. Did you have those chai peah while you were teaching there STP? where can i get good chai peah now ah? and also the tee piang with meat filling? Cheers!

    Click the link to go to the previous post on those yummy tee piangs – best in Sibu. You’ll get the info you need in that post.

  19. it looks like pancakes with meat or veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ but since it’s fried, I’m reminded of cholesterol and fats! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You don’t fry your pancakes? Non-stick pan, oil free ones? Not nice… Might as well not eat. Use butter to fry… Yum! Yum! Best lah!!!

  20. For plan tee piang, I prefer to eat with tomato sauce and taste better than eat with chili sauce.

    Eyewwww….. Typical Foochow, not a fan of chili? LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Not fan of chili in all dishes. I only discover it when my mum made some tee piang sometimes ago. I tried with chili sauce and tomato sauce and found out dip with tomato sauce will make it more delicious.

      Oh? Your mother can make? Ooooooo….homemade ones should be a whole lot nicer.

  21. my dad loves tee piang so much. everytime he goes to Sibu, he’ll definitely bring many of them back.. hahaha.. even in kuching festival, when the foochow association sells their delicacies.. my dad never failed to buy some tee piang from them.

    as for me.. i love chai peah more.. haha.. but your last picture, really makes me hungry lor.. that picture looks like the kompia at Song Kheng Hai Hawker Stalls.

    You have to come here and eat… If you take back, it is still ok if you eat it the same day. Not so nice if you put in the fridge and heat it up the next day.

  22. I would go for the stuffed meat too… looks great huh.. .. okay Arthur you got me here haha I’ m drooling now LOL

    See! I told you it’s a guy thing. We guys prefer the ones with meat. Only the ladies would go for the empty ones and eat with chili/tomato sauce… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. hi
    can i have the actual recipe to make the tee piang?thanks in advance

    Sorry, I haven’t the slightest idea… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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