Younger days…

On Friday last week, I dropped by our neighbourhood shop in the next lane in the hope of buying some more of the very nice nasi lemak bungkus that I got from there not too long ago. Unfortunately, there was none available but I did manage to get hold of a pack of meat-free sushi and we could have that for our breakfast.

I went over again on Sunday morning and yes, this time around, they had the nasi lemak bungkus (RM2.00 a pack)…

…so I bought 3 packs for the 3 of us. Yes, it was consistently good, as nice as the previous time I bought it.

I also saw these…

…that morning, going for only RM2.00 a pack. This is called yew chang koi or fried shallots cake, something that we loved and enjoyed a lot in our younger days.

In my post the other day, I mentioned how way back then, when we went to the movies at the Lido Cinema here, we loved going to the stall by the side of the building to buy the sotong bakar, squid grilled over a barbecue fire and clobbered till completely mashed and we would enjoy it dipped in the seller’s own-made chili sauce.

This yew chang koi was another thing that we would love to buy and enjoy either before or after a movie in those long gone days. They steamed it in those little enamel-coated metal bowls and using a bamboo spatula, they would cut lines in the soft cake for something like those tic-tac-toe squares after which they would sprinkle fried shallots and pour some sweet chio cheng (light soy sauce) over it…

I remember it was so cheap at the time, probably 10 sen a bowl and to us, it tasted so so so good.

This was not available for a long time – no one was making it and gradually, it reappeared. Some failed to make the grade, nothing like the real thing and personally, I felt that the best would be the one at a stall in the pasar malam (night market)

…but of course, with the pandemic, I am not sure whether they are still selling it there or not and of course, you will not expect to see me there since it has been declared a high-risk hot spot, best avoided!

This one was good as far as the texture of the cake was concerned (it is actually something like chee cheong fun except that it is not paper thin) and the sauce was great too…

…but I had the feeling that they just used the factory-made fried shallots sold at the supermarkets. Thankfully, it was not smelly – some have this unpleasant smell that puts me off right away but I did not think it was all that fragrant.

My friend, Rose in Kuching, blogged about how one can make one’s own at home. It seemed that her hubby, a true-blue Foochow from central Sarawak, was craving for it and since they could not get it there, they had to make their own. You can hop over to her blog and have a look at her post on this and try making it if you so desire.

The one I bought was good enough for my missus, she enjoyed it too but it did not tickle my girl’s fancy. According to her, she would much sooner go for some chee cheong fun

…instead but that is something that is not easy to come by here in this Foochow town – I think that is Cantonese.

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.