“Ban Chien Kueh”/慢煎粿 (also known as “Meen Chien Kueh”/面煎粿 in Singapore and “Dai Gao Meen”/大旧面 in Ipoh & Kuala Lumpur) is a thick, traditional Hokkien pancake, filled with crushed peanuts, sugar and margarine. A popular breakfast snack item, Penangites often pronounce it “Ban Chang Kueh”.
- This stall at the corner of Jalan Pasar and Solok Moulmein in Pulau Tikus, is operated by the husband-and-wife team of Mr Neoh Kooi Aun, 61, and his wife, Ooi Guat Meng, 56. He’s the third-generation hawker of “ban chean kueh”, started by his grandfather when he came to Penang from China a century ago.
- The thick, huge pancake is slow-cooked over charcoal embers, then sprinkled with crushed peanuts, sugar and margarine which formed its filling.
- One can choose from the white sugar or brown sugar versions (the brown sugar one has a deeper, mellower flavour) - each wedge costs only MYR1 or US 25 cents.