Thursday, 18 August 2016
Crispy Thin Min Chang Kueh at Ta Bei Shui in Batu Pahat 大杯水 JK1817
Whenever I am in Batu Pahat (Johor), I will swing by my favourite min chang kueh 面煎粿 stalls for these thin, crispy versions of the traditional Teochew snack. Other than in Batu Pahat, I am not sure where else I can get this type of min chang kueh.
我喜欢这个薄薄的香脆香脆的面煎粿. 蔡先生的小档口在新山峇株巴辖 Jalan Penjaja 3 大杯水咖啡店里面. 蔡先生卖面煎粿, 卖了20多年. 功夫十足. 一盘6块钱. 有到峇株巴辖的话一定要试试.
One of my go to min chang kueh stalls in Batu Pahat is Mr Chai's at Jalan Penjaja 3 (the other one is Mr Yaw's at Jalan Abu Bakar). (Credit: Thank you Janet for helping me track down Mr Chai's tel number.)
Mr Chai has been making ban chang kueh for nearly 30 years, taking over the business founded by his father.
I first stumbled upon Mr Chai's mobile min chang kueh stall in 2013 and have followed him ever since.
Mr Chai has retired his red hot Ferrari and is selling his popular min chang kueh from a fixed stall at Ta Bei Shui 大杯水 coffee shop at Jalan Penjaja 3.
Woohoo...! Just look at that spongy cake on the pan.
Mr Chai sprinkles in sugar and crushed roasted peanuts. Mr Chai says he uses just half the amount of sugar compared to his father's time as people prefer less sugary sweetness nowadays.
Then, Mr Chai squeezes in dribbles of a thick yellowish liquid - each ban chiang kueh stall have their own secret formula. I think the main ingredient is margarine and then plus some others.
Mr Chai makes both the traditional thick spongy type of min chang kueh, as well as the thin crispy type. Mr Chai said both types sell equally well. No shredded coconut, orange coloured sugar, red bean paste, peanut butter, cheese, chocolate or Nutella - just the good ol' school Teochew style with crushed peanuts.
I always go for the thin crispy type as I don't know where to find this in Johor Bahru or Singapore.
The whole peanut pancake in the bag for RM6 each.
👍Mr Chai's ban chang kueh is so crispy outside you can hear the pancake crack softly when you bite into it. The soft inside is bouncily chewy, slightly greasy. The pancake tastes savoury sweet with lots of nuttiness from the crushed roasted peanuts. It's a lovely traditional Teochew snack.
Restaurant name: No name min chang kueh stall in Ta Bei Shui 大杯水 coffee shop.
Address: Junction of Jalan Penjaja and Jalan Penjaja 3, Kampung Pegawai, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1.858453, 102.929042 / 1°51'30.4"N 102°55'44.5"E
Tel: 012 732 0369 (no fixed off day - best to call before coming)
Hours: 12:30pm till sold out (around 3:00pm)
Date visited: 18 Aug 2016
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