Second opinion…

For a while now, I have been buying and enjoying the steamed bak pao from the shop near my house. As a matter of fact, I think so highly of it that I would even buy some to give to family and friends.

However, one morning, I dropped by the Sibu Central Market to buy the ones from the old lady there. I don’t recall ever buying the big ones – all the time, in the past, I would just ask for the small ones (RM1.50) and I did enjoy them to some extent.

That morning, I asked for the big ones (RM2.20)…

Sibu Central Market old lady's steamed bak pao

…and took them home to eat.

I was delighted to find that they were really very nice! The filling is different from the aforementioned ones that I like a lot and that is also very nice and there is a lot more of it…

Sibu Central Market old lady's steamed bak pao, filling

…in this one, so much more for an extra 20 sen whereas you will get a lot more skin in the other one.

There is egg in both though I wish they can be a bit more generous with it and give a much bigger wedge – I so love egg in paos.

In the meantime, I went to the stall where I bought the giant bak chang that turned out quite disappointing and there, I saw these chai kueh (vegetable cake)…

Chai kueh

…or what my friend called lizard’s belly because the skin of the good ones would be so translucent that one would be able to see the filling inside and it looks like the underside of a lizard.

These were RM1.00 each and I liked how they were so well-rounded, well-filled with the very nice filling…

Chai kueh, filling

…unlike most that we have around town that look so miserably deflated, lots of empty spaces inside. The skin was perfect and the filling was very tasty with a hint of hay bee (dried prawns), not overly strong, just right.

Well, I guess if I happen to drop by the market again, I may want to buy these or perhaps, I would like to try some other things instead – there are so many things for one to pick and choose but of course, whether they are good or not, that’s another story altogether.

Author: suituapui

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

6 thoughts on “Second opinion…”

  1. I love to eat chai kueh, nowadays i cut down on eating bak pao, too much meat in it for my liking.

    I like a balance, not too much meat and not all skin either.

  2. I love both the bak pao and chai kueh. The bak pao looks so yummy. I used to buy my bak pao from one of the kopitiam in Kenyalang Park. Love it and cost RM2.50 each.

    I know that one – since the 70’s. I would want to go and buy to eat…for old times’ sake but no transport, so out of the way from the city centre. There were also some nice paos at that time at the Batu Lintang petrol station to the right of the shops, dunno if they are still selling or not now, so long ago.

  3. I had such bak pau not so long ago. I can’t recall where or when. Lol. Yes, I love egg in my pao too.

    Yes, don’t we all!

  4. That big one looks like it could do as a meal just in itself.

    Yes, but there are bigger ones – used to love the ones at one place along Bukit Bintang in KL, long ago before they upgraded the place.

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