Spare a dime…

The authorities have granted permission to the people at the pasar malam (night market) here to resume business but of course, I was not surprised to see from the photographs shared on Facebook that the response was poor, both from the sellers and the customers.

Well, what did they expect? All this while, they have been telling people to #staysafe #staywell #stayhome so of course, generally, people would be quite reluctant to go out anywhere – who knows the coronavirus may be lurking somewhere and by some stroke of bad luck, one may end up tested positive!

I cannot remember the last time I went, long before COVID-19 and even when they allowed it to open not too long ago with strict observation of the SOP before entering, I kept my distance. They might be very firm before one went in but once inside, it would be a free-for-all. I did not see any lines or signs on the road as to where to stand or queue to maintain physical distancing at all times.

So if you ask me whether this handsome boy…

…is still there running the stall with his family selling their tee piang, I’m afraid I haven’t got the slightest clue.

For the uninitiated, the tee piang is our local Sibu Foochow version of the Fuzhou oyster cake in Singapore except that ours do not have oysters in them. I’ve never tried those, of course but those who have said that they are not as nice.

Well, like most everything else these days, I would just go to the neighbourhood shop round the corner from my house to buy…

…whenever I feel like eating those, our Sibu version, that is. I will usually buy the ones without any filling and if I remember correctly, they were 40 sen each, 6 for RM2.00 at the pasar malam way back in 2018.

The ones with meat inside…

…were RM1.20 there then but all this while, I had been paying RM1.50 each at this shop here. The other day, I bought some and was duly informed by the boss that they now cost a dime more, an increase of 10 sen!

Ah well! What hasn’t gone up in price? After all, they increased the price of pork here not too long ago. I guess we’ll just have to be thankful that the increase is only by a mere 10 sen and it is still quite affordable and they have maintained the quality. The only thing is if the prices keep going up and things become too expensive, we will just have to stop buying and learn to live without them.

Incidentally, there is a Chinese pancake (apam balik/ban chian kuih) stall in the vicinity in the afternoon, now located on the pavement right beside the aforementioned shop. The chai peah is very nice, 3 for RM1.00 and they also sell tee piang – with or without filling. I guess the prices should be more or less the same as at the shop.

SWEE HUNG (2.316161, 111.840441) is located along Jalan Ruby, in the block of shops on the right – 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 Mini-supermarket.

Author: suituapui

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9 thoughts on “Spare a dime…”

  1. I have never tried this before… maybe next trip to Kuching I will look for it! HEHE

    You’ll have to come to Sibu, don’t think you can get this in Kuching. You do know the difference, don’t you? Not like how many West Malaysians can’t tell the difference between Sarawak and Sabah,

    1. Ahhh… I guess this tee piang is really a specialty food in Sibu since you are the only human in the whole world who blogs about it other than a brief mention by Melissa who you bought for her in 2013 when she visited Sibu. Too bad for me then cause I don’t think I’ll be stopping by Sibu anytime soon. Uhuhu…

      Unfortunately, no unless you are willing to undergo the 14-day quarantine and pay for it out of your own pocket.

      I dunno the name in Chinese – there would be a lot of Sibu bloggers blogging in Mandarin talking about it. Quite a few on the Fuzhou oyster cakes in Singapore though.

      Obviously, you did not look hard enough!
      Somebody from Ipoh, Perak blogged about it:

  2. I have never seen this tee piang being sold at the kuih stall at Stutong market. Maybe not popular over here. The one with meat fillings looks good though. Can the ones without fillings be eaten on its own?

    Yes, just dip in chili sauce. Somehow or other, despite the growing Foochow population in Kuching, I have not heard of any being made and sold there. There’s kompia now – I hear some are very good and mang ngee (aka lampha koi) from WeLove Bakery there. The ones here at that bakery not quite authentic but BIG and VERY nice!

  3. Even they opened it, just keep safe. Do your part for the whole world, I guess that is why NZ is quite successful in keeping COVID out, everyone follows and takes precaution

    Yes, life will never be the same again. Even when there are no cases, what they call the new normal will be the day-to-day normal – we still have to go on with the SOP’s, better be safe than sorry.

  4. Oh! I do love all these fried stuff. I don’t think we can get tee piang over here. But if I ever spot any, I will be sure to buy it.

    As far as I know, you can get the Singapore version with oysters in Singapore…but I read somewhere they have substituted the oysters with prawns or something else, oysters too expensive.

  5. Good to know there is less people to pasar malam… better less than crowded otherwise will have another cluster… sigh..

    Indeed! Have you seen the photographs of the Ramadan Bazaars over at your side? Scary!!! So many people!!! Let us pray that there will not be any cluster resulting from the rampage. Terrible!!!

  6. Cost a bit more? Just 10 cents more, so should not be a problem for you. LOL 😀 Compare this to the hike in KL then it will be very minimal. As long as it is still delicious, guess not many people will be complaining.

    What? Prices shooting up in KL? Oh dear! I guess at a time like this, that is to be expected but it should not be too much – many will not be able to put a decent meal on the table.

  7. We’ve just returned to restricted movement over here again.

    Yes. I hope they are stricter over there, unlike here. Call it what they want, there does not seem to be any difference, one from the other – the enforcement sucks big time…and in the meantime, the cases keep increasing. What a nuisance.

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