When I was working in KL, the food stalls at Imbi Market were among of my favourite haunts. I have been revisiting the food stalls and hawkers at Imbi Market whenever I am in Kuala Lumpur. It was great to pop by briefly, while I was on the Mega Fam Programme hosted by Tourism Malaysia (in Mar 2015).
The food is delicious at Imbi Market and the rustic atmosphere is very close to my heart.
Imbi Market is crowded, busy, hot, noisy, and sharing a flimsy rocking folding plastic table with strangers is the norm. Yet, I never felt oppressed or deprived.
Indeed, I actually felt blissfully blessed with good food and folksy people all around.
I just kept coming back here, whenever I am in Kuala Lumpur.
Time was limited during the packed Mega Fam Programme, so I had time only for a quick walk through and a quicker bite.
We zeroed in on the well loved Sisters Crispy Popiah stall.
It was fascinating watching the lady boss, Ah May make her popiahs (Chinese spring rolls).
Ah May can hand roll a popiah in less than 10 seconds each ;-D
The braised Chinese turnip (yam bean) at Sisters Crispy Popiah is carefully dripped dry. So, you will never get the drippy sock type of popiah at Sisters.
The super crunchy, airy light golden brown, fried dough crisps that endear Sisters Crispy Popiah to their loyal fans.
Two is not enough for me, or any Sisters Crispy Popiah fan.
Sisters' popiah reminded me of the inside of a pomegranate fruit. The braised turnip had just the right texture and moistness.
The vegetarian popiah tasted savoury sweet with soft juicy crunch like the juice sacs of a pamelo. The extra crispy fried dough bits, crushed peanuts and slivers of fresh cucumber and carrot added flavours and interesting textures to the popiah.
If you like a little spicy note in your popiah, just let Ah May know. She will smear in a dab of chili sauce along with Sisters signature savoury brown sauce.
As the fillings were just slightly moist, the paper thin wrap had just the right crispness and moistness.
You will find the Sisters Crispy Popiah brand all over KL; the family has over 20+ outlets and franchisees, as well as a cafe. But, this humble stall at Imbi Market is the 30+ year old parent/ original stall. Be sure to get the old school Sisters Crispy Popiah when you are at Imbi Market.
Before you regret it.
I am serious.
Construction of the mega Kuala Lumpur International Financial District is already well in progress just across the road from Imbi Market.
The official name of this place is called Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang but everybody knows this as Imbi Market.
Restaurant name: Sisters Crispy Popiah stall (founders stall)
Address: Imbi Market (Pasar Baru Bukit Bintang), off Jalan Melati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GPS: 3.143489, 101.716915
Hours: Breakfast - Brunch
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert (Vegetarian)
Date visited: 14 Mar 2015
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