Tang yuan 汤圆 is one of my favourite homemade comfort foods, so naturally, when I stumbled upon this tang yuan stall in Batu Pahat, it stopped me in my tracks. I had never seen a hawker stall specialising in tang yuan before. I just had to try some - doesn't matter how filled my stomach already was, at that moment.
After just having a hefty bak kut teh lunch in Tangkak, I walked the streets of Batu Pahat to “digest” my lunch. While walking off the lunch, I spotted a popular push cart tang yuan stall just opposite the famous Swee Kee herbal soup restaurant along Jalan Abu Bakar. I couldn’t help but bought ourselves 10 rice balls just to “try”.
Yes, I said “try” because 10 rice balls turned out to be much too little, and we ordered ourselves another 10 immediately after finishing our first 10! It was that good! I just couldn't resist this hot bowl of homemade tang yuan!
The young Yeoh brothers run the tang yuan stall - the younger brother hand makes the tang yuan, while the older cooks and serves the customers with a winsome smile.
Each glutinous rice ball was made to the same size - it was fun watching the young man make these exquisite little tang yuan balls with deft hands.
The tang yuan were not too sweet, they felt smooth, soft and QQ-licious! Slips over your tongue and down your throat like not-too-sweet honey.
RM2 for 6 or RM3 for 10 rice balls. They come in just 2 types of fillings, peanut or lotus paste – both delicious J And you even have the option of “spicy” or “not spicy”. This is what makes this tang yuan special, by having fresh ginger juice added to the soup, it brings a slight spiciness and perky freshness to the dessert.
Who would think that having a hot steaming dessert on a scorching, humid, tropical afternoon would be such a good idea? Well the steady stream of customers, and I found it one cool idea indeed! J
Restaurant name: No name tang yuan stall
Address: At the junction of Jalan Abu Bakar and Jalan Mohd Akil. Just outside a coffee shop and opposite the famous Swee Kee herbal soup restaurant
Hours: until sold out (usually at ). Close on Friday.
23 May 2012