Saturday, 6 April 2013

Min Chang Kueh (Ban Chang Kueh) in Batu Pahat, Johor

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I grew up on min chang kueh or Ban Chang Kueh or apam balik (a form of Chinese peanut pan cake) which is an affordable, popular snack in Malaysia and Singapore.

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This well greased and well loved push cart stall has been here in Batu Pahat for decades.

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Mr. Chai, the owner had been making min chang kueh here for 20 years and before that, his father had been running the push cart stall for 30 years.

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This humble push cart stall, unnoticed by many outside Batu Pahat, has half a century of history, wow!

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This time worn knife slicing through countless min chang kueh, silently tells the story of steadfastness and quiet determination of the push cart stall hawkers.

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These stacks of min chang kueh will disappear fast, mostly to regular customers at RM4.40 for the whole pan cake and 50 sens for a slice.

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My 50 sens slice of min chang kueh. It's quite greasy, slightly savoury, sugary, bouncy soft, and peanutly. This was the "usual" type, so it did not have the crispy edges.

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Mr. Chai will make you the skinny type of min chang kueh with the crispy edges, if you ask for it. Next time I shall ask for this type.

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The first key to a good min chang kueh is actually strong arms.

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It takes a lot of elbow grease to beat the batter to create that fluffy crust.

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The other key to good min chang kueh is a generous shower of blended oil used in the topping.

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The blended oil is poured from these plastic squeeze bottles. Other than margarine, which is the main component, the rest of the ingredients are trade secrets :P

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If you are in Batu Pahat, swing by and try Mr. Chai's min chang kueh.

Another min chang kueh stall in Batu Pahat is in near by Nam Wee kopitiam run by Mr. Yaw. The two gentlemen are related.


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Restaurant name: Ta Bei Shui 大杯水 kopitiam 
Address: Junction of Jalan Shahbandar and Jalan Temenggong, Batu Pahat 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/MW79J 
GPS: 1.855737,102.925012 
Hours: Ban Chang Kueh stall operates from 12:30pm until sold out (usually at 4:30pm) 

Restaurant name: No name push cart 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
Map: http://g.co/maps/hsbdr
GPS: 1.852493,102.928526
Hours: until sold out (usually at 4)
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert

Date visited: 19 Mar 2013, 4 Oct 2014

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