Where or when…

I cannot remember where or when the last time I had kuih pai tee (top hats) was, probably in 2012, but it sure was a long long time ago. Well, the other day, I dropped by that stall here and when the boy saw me, he told me right away that they had kuih pai tee that morning and of course, I wanted that.

They were 4 for RM3.00…

Grand Wonderful Food Court kuih pai tee 1

…and yes, they were very very nice. I sure wouldn’t mind going for them again but there I was, wishing that they had served them in a nice, decent-looking plate and not in a bowl and a horrendously coloured plastic one at that. The Peranakans are very particular about these things, those nyonyas will make use of their priceless crockery, going all out to impress. I am quite sure they will have fits if they happen to see this! I can imagine my late aunt frowning and grumbling away. “Tak senonoh!” she would say, for sure.

That obviously was not very much so I ordered a plate of kampua mee kosong, tossed in chili sauce (RM2.30)…

Grand Wonderful Food Court kampua mee kosong

…from the stall at the food court (No.2). I did not want any meat as it was a Friday and I was abstaining from that. I had it before and yes, the one here is pretty decent, nothing to make it stand out above the rest but everytime I go there, I see a lot of people going for it but on my part, I don’t think I’ll be going back for it again here unless they stop using plastic to serve the noodles.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, this…

Grand Wonderful Food Court kuih pai tee 2

…is what kuih pai tee looks like and just as in the case of popiah – you will need to know how to make the skin, if you want to make kuih pai tee, you must know how to make those shells. I did ask the lady whether they would make those for sale and she said no. Sighhhhhhh!!!

玛莉娘惹料理 MARY’S NYONYA CUISINE is located at the GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your left just before the Petronas petrol station a short distance from Delta Mall. You can also go in via Lorong Pipit 4, turning left into the lane at the junction where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead from there.

Author: suituapui

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10 thoughts on “Where or when…”

  1. I like pai tee too. If I am the lady, I don’t mind to make extra shells for sale since people want to buy.

    It’s quite a lot of work. You dip the chuan in the batter, dip into the wok filled with a whole lot of hot oil, when it is a bit cooked, it will drop off the chuan…and after it is well-fried, it has to be removed from the oil quickly and once cooled, must store in an airtight container…like a cream crackers tin. Overfried, you will get the smell…and you cannot keep on using the oil, chow yeu kao.

    Easily available in Kuching, I hear…pai tee…and the shells too.

  2. I heard that the skin is not easy to make… and not many stalls selling those too nowadays… I like to eat those too, not many stalls can make nice ones here in Ipoh but I know in Malacca, these are easily accessible… and nice too!

    There used to be a stall here once, no more…and then there was another one, gone too. I’ve not seen it being sold anywhere – would love to try, that’s for sure.

  3. Interesting! I wasn’t familiar with kuih pai tee before reading this post, but I do like how they look. I say you should learn how to make them! Then you won’t have to worry about stopping by the stalls to see if they have any. Either way, they look quite tasty and fun!

    Yes, I do agree with you, David. It would be nice to learn and make one’s own, and like all own-cooked stuff, it definitely will be much nicer but it is quite a lot of work. At less than RM1.00 each, it is easier to just go out and eat to appease one’s craving. These are good enough for that – will certainly go back for more.

  4. Pai Tee, not easily available here, unless we go to those nyonya restaurants.

    This is the only one we have, the so-called nyonya cuisine stall and thankfully, theirs are very nice.

  5. Never tried that kuih pai tee when I was in Malaysia, is the skin thick? Looks like a deep fried pasta shell to me.

    Yes, the shell is deep fried. Thin and crusty/crispy. Very nice.

  6. So technically you can get a meal for RM 2.30? That’s a great deal

    No, that’s only for the noodles, the pai tee was RM3.00 for 4. Total damage: RM5.30. Ouch!!!

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