PETALING JAYA, Dec 30 — If you're in the vicinity of PJ Old Town, drop by this gem of a place for superb apam balik.
The best way to enjoy it is to eat it hot from the pan.
Expertise in preparing this simple snack is evident in the fluffy soft pancake laden with roasted ground peanuts that taste like creamy peanut butter.
Asiah binti Wan has been running this stall for more than 30 years.
The pancake is topped with roasted ground peanuts drizzled with melted Planta.
You can add creamed corn for a sweeter flavour that matches well with peanuts.
You will find her camped out there the whole day as she prepares the ingredients for the fried snacks and apam balik with a helper.
The apam balik is made upon order. As you wait, you can watch the rhythmic way she prepares the pancakes.
It starts from her putting the batter on the pan. The thick white batter is efficiently smoothened out with the back of the ladle she uses to scoop the batter.
Once that is partially cooked, she sprinkles on caster sugar and a generous portion of roasted ground peanuts. I had asked for extra peanuts since I love eating my apam balik with lots of peanuts.
Once the 'apam balik' is cooked, it is folded in half and removed from the pan.
The 'apam balik' is quickly cut into pieces to make it easier to enjoy.
As it cooks on the fire, the edges will slowly get crispy and brown. She will also drizzle a ladle of melted Planta over the pancake, which gives it a nice aroma.
With a flat spatula, she will quickly pry the edges of the pancake out from the hot pan to help release it. If you ask for a peanut and corn hybrid, she will add dollops of cream corn on the pancake.
Watch carefully as she folds the large pancake in half. With asbestos hands used to the heat, she places it on a board to cut it into pieces. They're placed in a takeaway container where a hole is cut out of the cover to allow the steam to escape.
I recommend you eat it immediately as it will get soggy as it cools down. It's hot but the combination of the creamy texture of the peanuts and fluffy soft pancake is irrestisble.
This 'apam balik' has a fluffy soft texture with roasted ground peanuts that has a creamy texture when eaten hot from the pan.
The stall also offers various fried fritters like 'goreng pisang' made from 'pisang tanduk'.
Before I knew it, I had polished off the pancake. For RM4, it was probably the most satisfying apam balik I have ever eaten.
Even the goreng pisang is good here. She uses pisang tanduk for a soft and not overly sweet banana encased in a light, ultra crispy filigree like crust. It's RM2 for three pieces. She also offers other fried goodies too.
Finding the stall is a bit tricky since it's on a small road that is between Jalan 1/12 and Jalan 1/14. Officially on its trading license, the address is Jalan 1/14.
A landmark will be Klinik Pergigian Drs Wong & Partners along Jalan 1/14, where you turn left and the stall will be located at the corner on the left hand side.
Find the stall at the small road that is in between Jalan 1/12 and Jalan 1/14.
Do note that it's not the kuih stall right in front of Hong Leong Bank Berhad which also offers apam balik, popiah basah and curry puffs.
Apam Balik Cik Ah, Stall at Jalan 1/14, Section 1, PJ Old Town, Petaling Jaya. Open: 11am to 6pm. Closed on Sunday.
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