Love at first bite…

It wasn’t exactly love at first bite but as I kept on eating, I could feel the crunchiness, the fragrance and a slight hint of sweetness and it sort of grew on me…and after finishing the first piece, I thought it was pretty good and I would want another…and another…

Kuih ragi 1

The lady at the Bandong Malay kuih (and kek lapis) stall said that they were some kind of old school biscuits that people used to make in those days gone by long ago and she said that it was so nice that she finished a whole packet at one go. Taking her word for it, I bought one packet for myself at RM1.00 each to try and true enough, I was not disappointed. I showed my mum and she said that they called it kuih ragi – don’t ask me why as I would not know…

Kuih ragi 2

If I’m not mistaken, ragi means yeast…and I don’t think they had a lot of yeast in those biscuits to get them to rise to the occasion. Never mind, as long as they taste good, that’s all that matters.

Another thing that I’ve been buying quite frequently from the stall these days would be the apom pisang

apom pisang 1

…or steamed banana cake (3 for RM1.00).

My missus’ niece was home for the Easter weekend and she bought us a loaf – probably from the airport shop where they sell those Gardenia and High5 buns and cakes but if I remember correctly, the brand was Samudera or something like that. It was all right – very fine and soft but I did not quite fancy the strong scent of the banana essence used.

So far, my favourite would be the ones at Payung which they would serve with ice cream…

Payung banana cake with ice cream
*recycled pic*

…and the one I bought a long time ago from this bakery. Most of the time, the ones that I had looked kind of black and had the taste of over-ripe or rotten bananas. According to a friend of mine, some bakeries would buy those unsold bananas from the fruit sellers to make their banana cakes and since she heard that, she would never buy any ever again.

But the apom pisang from this stall is nothing like that…

apom pisang 2

The lady said that her sister-in-law makes them and she uses the best bananas – ones that are ripe enough but not too ripe  to ensure the quality of her steamed banana cake.

I’ve also bought their ang tao (red bean) zhang (50 sen each) to try…

Ang tao zhang 1

If you may recall, I quite liked their meat ones (RM1.00 each)…and I would say that these red bean ones are very nice too. The glutinous rice is slightly yellowish in colour…

ang tao zhang 2

…probably due to the alkaline or kee added to make it a little bit springy, I think. I was glad that they did not add too much – just the right amount…and there was no smell at all. Once, in Kuching, I bought some for my mum as she loves them, the plain ones (usually small and tied with thread) minus the beans – she usually eats them dipped in sugar. Back at the hotel, I found that they had this horrendous urine stink so I just threw the whole lot away.

They were very generous with the beans…

ang tao zhang 3

…cooked till nicely soft and I must say that I enjoyed them a lot and would definitely be buying them again.

While we’re on the topic of that Bandong stall, I was there one morning and there were a lot of people there, many of them Chinese. One of them asked me which of the things were nice…and added that he read my blog regularly. Good grief! Blush! Blush! So embarrassing! I really think I should start keeping a low profile from now on. Tsk! Tsk! But in the meantime, I would like to, at this juncture, thank Amelia for including me in her list of recipients of the Happy Blogger Award…

Happy Blogger Award

I am indeed most honoured…and there can be no denying that blogging does keep me on my toes…and very much alive and happy!  Cheers, Amelia!