Saturday, 19 December 2015

Choy Ban Hakka Dumplings Kelapa Sawit Kulai Johor JK1339 满庭芳茶餐室菜粄

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I am glad to finally get a taste of the famous Kulai Hakka dumplings 菜粄 (choy ban) in Kelapa Sawit at 满庭芳茶餐室 (no English name). Thanks to KK, one of my Johor friends :-D  Choy ban 菜粄 is one of the representative foods of the Hakka community. In particular, the Hopo-Hakka, so the dish is called 河婆菜粄 Hopo choy ban.

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满庭芳茶餐室 is located in a large standalone family home.

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The easiest way to get here is by car with the help of GPS (co-ords 1.672240, 103.528643). You know you are here when you see several cars parked along Jalan Kelapa Sawit 6 (which is otherwise a quiet residential area).

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The Hakka dumplings or choy ban are freshly made entirely by hand.


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The ingredients like this 韭菜 are garden fresh.

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Auntie frying diced tofu in a large wok of boiling oil.

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The skin is hand kneaded.

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The skin is made by skilfully pressing a lump of dough into a skinny dough cup. The cup is then filled with a large spoonful of cooked fillings such as turnips or leeks.

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The cup stuffed with filling is folded into a large dumpling, and laid out neatly in a large steaming tray.

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Steaming the trays of Hakka dumplings.

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The steaming hot tray of Hakka dumplings are ready :-D

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The plump dumpling is as large as my palm.

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When I bite and broke the thin tender smooth skin, the green fillings burst out. The leek and tofu filling was juicy, soft, crunchy, and flavourful. The skin was one of the best that I have ever tasted in a steamed dumpling.

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Juicy tenderly crunchy flavourful 沙葛 Chinese turnip.

->> Delicious taste of Hakka tradition. Fresh ingredients, everything hand made, eaten hot straight from the steamer.

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Restaurant name: 满庭芳茶餐室
Address: Jalan 6, Kelapa Sawit, 81030, Kulaijaya, Johor
GPS: 1.672240, 103.528643 / 1°40'20.1"N 103°31'43.1"E
Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm (Closed on Weds)
Tel: 6016-764 4264

Non Halal

Date visited: 19 Dec 2015

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5 comments:

  1. That's a good coverage of Choy Ban, Kelapa Sawit. They have Lei Cha & Mi Zhang.

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    1. Yes. Shall try these at my next visit :-D

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  2. It is very nice. My grandpa hometown. The Hakka Thunder Tea Rice is one of the best too.

    -Old Noodle Hut 老麵家

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  3. Wanna ask, do they use non-halal ingredient to make it or just no pork no lard?

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    1. I believe there are non Halal ingredients as well.

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