Surprisingly so…

That day, when my ex-student/lawyer friend, Louis, went out of his way to drive to my house to send me the sio bee and the changs (meat dumplings) that he had bought from a coffee shop here, he told me that among the latter, there was one that was different – they told him it was kacang (nuts).

I was wondering what that actually was. At the non-Chinese stalls, when they tell you there is kacang in the buns or dumplings, chances are that would be or tao sar (red/black bean paste) or ang tao (red beans) and very rarely, it would be sweetened crushed peanuts. Nonetheless, I decided to save it, along with the rest, till the actual day. With the horrendous pandemic dragging on and on like it is never going to end and the so-called full lockdown extended till the end of the month, I had no intention of going out to buy and this way, at least, we would have some to enjoy to preserve our heritage, our tradition, our culture.

In the meantime, my friend, Rose, in Kuching blogged about the ones that she had including some Hakka chang here and also once again, here. Oh? So they’re traditionally Hakka, eh? As far as I know, the old couple running the coffee shop and making the changs and the sio bee are Hainanese/Hailam.

That morning, I took them all out of the freezer to steam and heat them up and when they were ready, I took the kacang one…

…to see what it was like.

Inside, there were lots of kacang

…and when I tried them, I found them to be soft like the stewed/braised ones that they sell in cans or serve at the Chinese restaurants. Nice, very nice!

When I looked inside, much to my surprise, I saw that it had meat…

…as well, not just kacang.

Yes, there was quite a lot of meat…

…and a bit of shitake mushroom too and I must say that I really liked the taste as a whole.

Gee! Should the situation improve and I am able to go out again, I certainly would make my way to that coffee shop to grab some more to enjoy!

SIN KIAW CAFE (2.291287, 111.826611) is located along Ramin Way, the first shop on your right as you turn in from Jalan Kampung Nyabor, right behind the petrol station located at the bend.

Author: suituapui

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

14 thoughts on “Surprisingly so…”

    1. I love those too but many here are not fond of the salted eggs – the ladies in the house, my sis, my late mum…they would rather not have those. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, I guess.

  1. Yay, beside pork bak chang this Hakka bak chang with peanuts is also my one of my favourite. As I am married to a Hakka man and also a nut lover, definitely this Hakka bak changs are to my liking. Some people would grind the nuts till fine like minced meat but I prefer the nuts jit liap jit liap.

    1. I think I would agree with you. I saw the one that Rose had – the nuts are together with the meat in the middle of the chang, not like this. I think I quite like them mixed with the glutinous rice like this one that I had. My favourite is still the nyonya ones – old habits die hard but this is really good too!

  2. That is how Hakka chang looks and tastes like. Glad you get to enjoy it. 🙂

    Of course not just kacang, it has meats, mushroom, sometimes yam or chestnuts, depends on the maker. Hard to find good Hakka chang in Kuching although used to be Hakka dominant city. Now so many other dialect changs around, we are spoiled for choice. Haha

    1. Yes, Kuching is now infested with Foochows, everywhere people speaking Foochow unlike in the 70’s, a lot speaking Hakka, I really liked the chang – will go and buy some more to enjoy when the situation gets better – still so many cases, still lockdown.

  3. Yes, indeed it has a lot of peanuts, I will also like dumplings with more beans and nuts than just glutinous rice itself…

    1. Of course!!! And more meat too! These days, most of the time, you get all rice, any meat is barely visible to the naked eye. What a put off! And they do not come cheap, mind you!!!

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