The Pasar Malam entry has definitely whet the appetite of some of my friends from overseas, especially after being away for quite some time. The pictures didn't do justice to the real taste and aroma of the food such as Apam Balik, Keropok Lekor, Laksa, and local fruits like durians and mangoes. There are just too many food to sample, so many things to see and those are good reasons to make you come back for more. Each trip presents new discoveries of interesting gadgets, latest scarf designs, homemade toys, fresh bundles of second-hand wares, traditional concoctions of herbal medicines, the findings are endless, I could go on and on. The atmosphere of it all is incomparable to anything that I have ever experienced before. It is like a flea market cum car boot sale cum funfair cum expo, all under one sky.
The picture above is one of the local favourite desserts,*Salina, stop drooling* called Apam Balik or Sweet Pancake.*no, we don't normally eat this for breakfast* It's crunchy at the outside and soft and sweet,bursting with flavours in the inside. The locals seldom make this delicacy at home as it can be easily obtained at the pasar malam and with RM1.30 for a big piece, why make when you can just buy them cheap and tasty. But for my friends overseas, no matter where you are, I have looked up this recipe for you to try at home, unless you can get hold of one at your own flea market. Check out the recipe below.
Apam Balik (Sweet Pancakes)
Source: Hawkers Delight by Jabbar Ibrahim
340gm all purpose flour
4 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoon sugar
2 small eggs - beaten
half teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 cup milk
2 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 teaspoon roasted ground peanut
6 teaspoon margarine/butter
6 teaspoon sugar
6 teaspoon sweetcorn(canned)
1. Mix flour sugar and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add milk, eggs,
oil and water.
Preparing the Apam Balik
1. Heat a frying pan until very hot
2. Take a large spoonful of batter,more if you like it thicker, evenly onto
3. When batter is half cooked, sprinkle some groundnuts, sugar, and sweetcorn.
The amount depends on how juicy you fancy your pancake.
4. Dab a little bit of butter, cover pan.
5. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and fold into two.
7. Serve hot!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Posted by Wiz at 10:51 PM