IPOH: Hong Kee Mah Chee @ Taman Pasir Pinji
Hong Kee Mah Chee 芳记麻芝
I would say this is definitely one of the best gems in Ipoh. Located under a tree at a less hustle neighbourhood at Taman Pasir Pinji, Hong Kee Mah Chee 芳记麻芝 has been around for many years, serving only 2 items in their menu – fah sang woo (peanut paste dessert) and muah chee (glutinous rice balls) .
Spot this cute little stall, painted in turquoise. Just located right in front of a huge bungalow. You may enjoy the desserts here under the shade of this huge tree with well-prepared concrete benches but takeaway is always a better option at this time.
So, if you could understand this Chinese proverb 可遇不可求, I would sincerely dedicate this Chinese proverb to this stall. Even my colleague who is an Ipohan has yet to try it out too. That’s because every time she tried to check out this stall, it was not open, even though it was not on their stated off day, Thursday.
As for my own experience, we were there on a Friday but it was not open. Luckily we bumped into the owner who made a small appearance in front of the stall, telling us they will be open on the next day. Hence, we made another round visit on the next day which was a Saturday, before departing back to KL.
Finally, this bowl of Peanut Paste Dessert! It was heating over the charcoal fire, so it was presented warm.
The Peanut Paste Dessert appeared to be not too starchy and not too diluted. Taste wise, it was lightly sweeten and end with a hint of saltiness; velvety smooth, creamy and quite aromatic too! A very special savoury sweet combination. I really like this one; it was something cannot be found in KL!
I am a big fan of muah chee and I super approve this. LOL. This is also something you cannot get in KL too, and definitely not something like what you get in Penang. It has its own special characteristic.
The owner took out some dough from the ceramic pot and start kneading until smooth; he then used his fingers to pinch off the dough into tiny pieces instead of using dough’s knife to slice it. That’s interesting.
The sphere size glutinous rice balls were coated with finely crushed peanuts and sugar mix. This warm Muah Chee was springy and bouncy, doink doink texture and it would not stick or stuck in between teeth!
Another secret way to enjoy the muah chee, just add them into the peanut paste dessert! Allow the peanut paste to coat all over the muah chee and it turns out to be a new enjoyable flavour!
We ended up tapao more peanut paste dessert and muah chee back to KL. If I am not mistaken, both desserts are priced at Rm 3.50 per container. They both tasted super great even after being kept for a night!
Hong Kee Mah Chee 芳记麻芝
550A, Jalan Queen, Taman Pasir Pinji,
31650 Ipoh, Perak.
Opens from 1pm to 6pm
Close on Thursdays