Not what I was looking for…

I wasn’t all that thrilled about the kim kua koi or Chinese steamed pumpkin cake that I bought the previous day, so the next morning, I dropped by my regular fruit and food shop in the next lane where they usually sell that in the morning.

Unfortunately, when I got there, I saw to my dismay that they did not have what I was looking for, just the or koi (RM2.00 a block)…

Or koi

…or the Chinese steamed yam cake. Left with no choice, I just grabbed two packs and headed home. Those people at the shops get a lot of things for sale in the morning, delivered by people who make them at home, for breakfast and in the afternoon too, for tea.

The ladies in the house would not eat or koi steamed just like that – they prefer it deep-fried so that was what I did with the two blocks that I bought, sliced and each coated with egg…

Or koi, deep fried

I tried some and I thought it was really very good, all mashed yam and not jelly-like and wobbly like those inferior ones where it is mostly flour, hardly any yam…plus salt and a lot of msg. I loved the ones at the canteen in the school where I was teaching before I retired – they had chunks of yam in theirs. I’ve retired some 13 years now so I wouldn’t know whether they are still doing it or not.

I managed to get four slices from each block so that worked out to 50 sen each and I thought that was rather expensive. I remember buying them at that price outside and I did not have to go through the chore of frying them but my missus said they are definitely a lot more expensive now, some even going up to RM1.00 a slice. Ah well! I guess it is all right as long as it tastes good, worth what you pay for…and you will not feel shortchanged in the end.

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops, the one on the right of the parking area in the centre – next to a hair salon at the extreme end…and on the other end, to the left is the Kim Won Chinese Medical Store and LAUDATO SI’ CANTEEN (2.287292, 111.832110) is located in what was previously known as the Catholic Centre in the compound of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Jalan Lanang and St Rita’s Primary School, Jalan Bukit Assek.

Author: suituapui

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

5 thoughts on “Not what I was looking for…”

  1. Oh, yam cakes. I just eat them like that, no coating them with eggs to deep fry.

    Yes, I do like it like that too, refreshing and healthier but the ladies will only eat when deep fried. That was why I did it.

    1. You love your ladies so much that you deep fried the yam cake for them but aren’t they afraid of the deep fried oil and of getting sore throat?

      Guess they are used to it. It’s ok if you do not eat it piping hot from the pan…and you do not drink iced cold water while enjoying it and let the slices stand on kitchen towels while letting them cool down – it will soak away the oil and will not be so oily after that. My missus would use kitchen towels to press out the oil from the slices – those bought from outside, mine no need.

  2. I like to eat ork koi in both ways, deep fried or on its own. Went well with Thai chilli sauce. Nowadays, hard to come by good orh koi as most are made with mostly flour, hardly any yam. Yours looks yummy after deep fried golden brown. Can cut into bite size and fried with eggs and taugeh, like char kuih too.

    Yes, more or less the same thing. I might have done it before, one of those days when I was craving for chai thow koi.

  3. I prefer deep fried or koi too. Seldom see people selling steamed type here.

    Clever you, to use it and deep fry. I bet the ladies were happy.

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