Better than most…

My sister dropped by my place one day to give us some frozen paos (steamed buns) from West Malaysia. She certainly sounded real enthusiastic and was full of praises for them.

There were these small char siew paos…

…which I steamed and ate while they were still nice and hot…

…and yes, I thought they were really great, better than most that we can get around here!

It is quite obvious from the photograph how nice the char siew filling was…

…even though I did feel at the time that I wouldn’t mind if it had been a bit less salty. The ladies in the house did not complain so I guess it was just me and my tastebuds that seem to be going somewhat haywire these days.

Another plus point about these paos is the fact that they are rather cheap! A pack of 6 is only RM14.20 so that would work out to around RM2.30 only. I think that was what I paid for the ones here, the last time I bought some, cheaper than the ones here, but the way things are going, they probably have gone up in price some more. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised, not at all. Needless to say, no prize for guessing which I would go and buy, should I feel like buying some char siew pao to enjoy.

My sister also gave us these big paos…

…RM16.70 for a pack of 4, around RM4.18 each. Ouch!!! Yes, they are not cheap but they are HUGE and goodness, there was so much meat inside.

I encountered a bit of a problem with those though. They came packed in plastic with no instructions whatsoever so I was not sure whether I had to defrost them first before heating them up or not. In the end, I just steamed them for a very long time till I felt they were good and ready…

The smaller char siew ones turned out perfect but when I cut open one of the big ones, I found that it was still as hard as a rock inside! It was still frozen, ICE!!!

I put it back into the steamer to steam some more and it was probably due to the over steaming that the skin became soft and soggy and mushy and when I picked it up again with a pair of tongs, it just fell apart…

I was so heart-broken. I loved the big pao from a coffee shop along Bukit Bintang in KL before they decided to “upgrade” the street and turned it into something not unlike some place in Bangkok, Thailand with all the massage palours left, right and centre! I remember enjoying it so much (I think it was chicken but it was very nice!), with the fat oozing out and streaking down my hand so I was hoping this would be something like that as well.

I shall not say anything more about the skin that was completely ruined but the filling was very nice – no, it wasn’t like anything that I had eaten before. The taste was quite different but it was nice and was virtually ALL meat and yes, there was a bit of egg inside. My missus had the other one and no, that one did not suffer the same fate under my destructive hands and turned out all right – she said it was very nice and yes, she did enjoy it!

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