Thursday, May 13, 2010

Original Penang Popiah (Spring Rolls) Recipe

My neighbour gave me some hand made traditional popiah skin that she bought from Melaka. Actually they are made for customers that pre ordered it but my neighbour managed to convince the owner to sell some of the popiah skins to her. I love this thin and fresh hand made popiah. They are real good for wrapping jiu hu char (fried turnips with carrot and cuttle fish strips). The original Penang popiah uses Or Cheo (black sauce) and Tnee Cheo (Red sweet bean sauce). I have Tnee Cheo but could not get hold of Or Cheo (black sauce) in KL so I have to improvise by using the normal Yong Tau Fu brown sauce that I bought from the wet market. The original popiah base filling consists of fried turnips, lettuce, scrambled eggs (sometime replaced with fried hard tofu, tau kua) and crispy fried shallots. Nothing fancy like the popiah that are sold nowadays which had extra ingredients like small bits of roasted peanuts or lap cheong (chinese sausage) added. I feel that the original ones still taste the best!

Ingredients
Jiu Hu Char (fried turnips, sengkuang)
Shallots, cut into slices and deep fried until crispy
Lettuce, Or Cheo (alternatively can also use
Yong Tau fu brown sauce)
Tnea Cheo, red sweet sauce (same like the one that are used as dipping sauce in Korean BBQ, Gochujang, Kochuchang, sweet bean sauce)
Scrambled eggs (or deep fried tau kua, hard tofu)
Chilly paste
Popiah skins

Spread the chilly paste, or cheo and tnea cheo on the popiah skin. Put the lettuce on the skin and top it up with some jiu hu char. Add some fried shallots and scrambled eggs. Wrap up the popiah skin as shown in the photo. Best if eaten immediately before moisture from the jiu hu char seeps in to the skin and make it soggy.

28 comments:

foongpc said...

Oh! Yummy popiah! Love it! : )

fufu said...

wow nice!!! dip the popiah with german green sauce will be nice i guess... hahaha :)

Ayie said...

i love doing this dish but i can't beat my grandma's original recipe =) i miss it so much

manglish said...

i love popiah i can eat 5 pieces at one go hehehe popiah like your size lar, some popiah are hugeeeeeee

Stella said...

Hey Pete,
I recognize you from Pierre's page.

I've never heard of Popiah skins. They look a bit like rice paper. Either way, this sounds wonderful. I need to get some popiah or rice skins to make something like this. I love this type of stuff and need to make it more!

reanaclaire said...

Pete, u r really good! wonderful cook.. great chef.. fantastic husband and father...
*must bodek a bit* :p

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Aiyooooo the popiah is really mouthwatering lor! Loved them..really envy U! :)

Mummy Moon said...

I like to eat this kind of Popiah! I must try this out one day... Don't where to get the black sauce and the red sauce... Mind to tell me how u fry the turnips?

Alice Law said...

Delicious popiah... it's always my favourite snack in pasar malam!

Have a nice day!

Bananazക said...

Wow Bananaz lup the popiah & Jiu Hu Char btw can pls ask neighbour got room to let wanna stay very near to you can also can 'chi chan' once in a while? haha. tQ

mNhL said...

*laughing at Bananaz's comment* Be your neighbour so good ya. Can taste the delicious food. If not, smell also enough la. I will ask if your house got room to let. Stay under one roof more convinnence. haha

Christine said...

looks delicious, like making a wrap or a sandwich.

penny aka jeroxie said...

I never had home made popiah skin before.

Mei Teng said...

Popiah is one of my favs! :)

Donna said...

i like fried popia more.. kekekeke...
my bf's mother is popia maker/seller/penjaja lo..
the popia she made is super nice!!!
got fried one....
is at Perak, Kampar one..

Somewhere in Singapore said...

One of my favourite foods... hehe...

Suhaina said...

looks veryvery yummy pete. Just love it.

Bananazക said...

[mNhl] got ask Pete before no more room he said to try next door woh..haha. Pete can cook 'A'~ssam Laksa to 'Z'~uchhini stews very the geng chow.. tQ

PFx said...

No meat Pete?

But I still love anything wrapped. Popiah skin, it's been ages I haven't tasted that... 2004 in KL..

A Full-Timed Housefly said...

I love popiah of all kinds...your popiah looks really good and quite big and I think two of them can fill up my stomach quite nicely

[SK] said...

oh i love popiah, especially this type more than the fried ones.. BTW, are you teochew?? looks like or cheo and tnee cheo is very teochew pronunciation to me~~ :p

Verone said...

oh you are so clever, Pete. I wish I could make popiah as beautiful as that :-)

Pete said...

Foongpc : Popiah for me anytime! LOL!

Fufu : German green sauce. Didn't try that when I was there....aiya!

Ayie : Grandma's cooking is always the best!

Manglish : Wah, keng chow....5 at one go.....LOL!

Stella : Hi, thks for dropping by my blog. This type of popiah skin is thicker and not translucent unlike Vietnamese ones which is transparent. Agree, they do look like rice paper...LOL

Claire : Aiyo, bodek ah, next time I belanja you! LOL!

Love2cook : I put too much sauce, my wife complained too salty...LOL!

Mummy Moon : Can get easily from Penang wet market but in KL only in some but you can use the yong tau fu brown sauce and chilly....also taste good. There is a link in the post to my vegan blog on how to fry the turnips but without the cuttle fish strips. Check it out.

Alice : I use to buy at pasar malam too! Have a nice day, Alice.

Bananaz : Next 2 doors away, my fren rent for all his maids to stay.....want to stay with all the ladies? ha ha ha!

Mnhl : Like that the property in my area sure go up in value, everyone wants to be my neighbour...ha ha ha!

Christine : Agree

Mei Teng : Mine Too....lol

Donna : Wah, good leh, can eat nice popiah all the time...LOL!


Sharon : It taste good!

Suhaina : Sure is yummy

Pfx : The original ones don't have meat inside it....taste good!

Fulltime housefly : The skin diameter is around 8", quite big actually!

SK : Ha ha, no lah, I am Hokkien, but Cheo is in Hokkien leh!

Pete said...

Verone : Hi, not really that perfect lah, becauce I didn't fold it properly...LOL!

petite nyonya said...

yummy popiah! in melaka, there is another version of the popiah skin...which is the original nyonya popiah. not many places or popiah sellers know how to make the nyonya popiah skin. it is wetter than the normal ones but really nice.

Pete said...

Petite Nyonya : I like the wet type too, they are nice, but these are hard to find!

suituapui said...

Ooo...I love popiah! Something like what I make - much nicer than the ones with the brownish soggy sengkuang.

Angie's Recipes said...

Whoever could make popiah wraps is simply a talent! And lucky you having one as the neighbour!

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