Sunday, 24 March 2013
Chwee Kueh 水粿 in Muar, Johor
Chwee kueh 水粿 is a traditional Teochew comfort food commonly found in Johor, and also Singapore.
To me chwee kueh is the traditional classic working man's humble energy food from leaner, harder times. Plain carbo (steamed rice flour milled from broken rice chips) made palatable with savouriness from finely diced preserved radish (chai po) boiled in oil (sometimes lard). Nothing fanciful nor pretentious, but authentic and very charming in my opinion.
At 20 sens a piece, this delicious pile of chwee kueh costs RM2.
Today, the humble chwee kueh remains an affordable, popular breakfast choice that goes very well with an old style cuppa kopi.
Mr Lim and his wife have been selling chwee kueh in Loeng Hou kopitiam along Jalan Maharani in Muar for over 40 years. This type of traditional chwee kuih stall where the stall holders make everything themselves is getting scarce in Johor.
Mr. Lim's chwee kueh had just the right texture, it was neither too soft (meaning, not enough rice flour) nor too stiff (meaning, tapioca flour added). The chai po was crunchy and was the old school salty and savoury type.
Mr. Lim keeps the finely diced and fried preserved radish simmering in oil over a small gas stove.
The heap of steamed rice cakes in small aluminium moulds.
Every morning between 6:00am and 11:00am steady streams of customers come in to Loeng Hou for Mr. Lim's chwee kueh.
Rating: 2-Star out of 3.
Restaurant name: No name chwee kueh stall inside Loeng Hou kopitiam
Address: At the junction of Jalan Maharani and Jalan Batayan (opposite the wet market along Jalan Maharani and the 7-11 shop along Jalan Batayan)
Hours: 6:00am till sold out (usually by 11:00am)
Date visited: 17 Mar 2013