Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Taiping town night market

Like any Malaysian, midnight does not inhibit my culinary cravings or fulfilment. My recent visit to Taiping for our yearly Cheng Beng (a Chinese tradition to visit the ancestors' grave and pay respect) brought me back to our favourite haunt. What's good here?

Location: Taiping, Perak
Rating: Gooooooooood!

The nasi lemak (literally fat rice, but actually it is coconut milk rice) here is superb. They are still wrapped in banana leaves. The leaves simply increases the fragrance to the rice.

Choices like sambal udang (prawns in chilli gravy) and kacang panjang udang/ikan (prawns/fish with long beans) are hard to find nowadays.

Steamed butter and kaya (coconut jam) bread is so soft and creamy. I am not a bread fan, but this is yummy.

Chee Cheong Fun (literally Pig Intestine Noodles, but in actual fact just a type of rice noodles) from Taiping/Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Penang all offers different flavours. Those from Taiping or Ipoh are gushed with a choice of soy sauce with chilli/sweet sauce, curry or mushroom sauce.

All in all, it might just be some food that I grew up with. But if you have tried it, I am sure you will miss it.

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