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The other morning, my girl had to go to school to settle some matters so I dropped her off there and in the meantime, I went to buy these tee peang

…our Sibu version of the Singapore Foochow oyster cake (which is quite different actually), now available in the morning at this coffee shop…

Back in July, my sister stopped by my house to give us some and she told me then that they are now operating their stall at the aforementioned coffee shop in the morning so we can stop by to buy anytime, no need to wait till sundown to go to their stall at the pasar malam (night market).

I placed my order and chatted with the lady…

…while she was doing the cooking. Yes, she said that they are still running their stall at the pasar malam at night and yes, she added that despite the pandemic, they do get a lot of customers there.

I was able to watch her at work and I saw how she would use the batter to lay out the base on her ladle…

…before she put the meat filling…

…and added more batter to cover it…

Finally, she submerged the ladle in the hot boiling oil…

Once the tee peang was cooked enough, it would come unstuck from the ladle and would float to the surface of the oil.

I must say that I was impressed by how clean the oil was. I have seen people frying these peah on the spot for sale and the oil was already black but somehow or other, they did not seem unduly worried by that.

They also sell some other things at their stall…

…and I saw some customers ordering their picks from them and sitting down to enjoy eating at a table in the coffee shop. They had fried kompia with minced meat filling (probably the same as what they have in their tee peang), chai peah (vegetable fritters), sweet potato & banana fritters, deep fried or koi (yam cake) and Chinese French toast.

No, even though there were not many customers around, lots of empty tables so physical distancing was definitely not a problem at all, I had no intention of sitting down there to eat.

Once my order was done (RM2.00 each, with meat filling)…

…I headed straight home to enjoy them in the comfort of my own home – #staysafe #staywell #stayhome and yes, they were really good…

…as good as always and I sure wouldn’t mind going back there when I feel like having more.

No, that handsome boy was not there, probably caught up with his daytime job. I wonder if he is still helping out at his family stall at the pasar malam at night.

HOCK LOK HONG CAFE SHOP 福樂園茶室 (2.284690, 111.832669) is located at No. 1, Lorong Lanang 2 at the traffic lights where you turn in from Lanang Road heading toward the Sibu Rejang Esplanade and the Li Hua & Kingwood Hotels.