Hong Kee Mah Chee & Fah Sang Woo @ Pasir Pinji, IpohAugust 3, 2010 | 11,931 views
Hong Kee Mah Chee operates at an almost hidden stall tucked under some shady trees and parked in front of a house, pardon me, their house on Jalan Queen in Pasir Pinji.
This friendly lady attended to my endless barrage of queries (typical lah …. curiosity can kill a feline, but cannot dent the spirits of MM), all the while swiftly pinching away at the starchy dough that sat in the mysterious hollow contraption resembling a flower pot.
“She takes mah money … Well I’m in need … Yeah, she’s a trifling friend indeed. For she’s a GOLD DIGGER … way over time. That digs on me.” 🙂
For more than 30 years, she has been the talk of the town, so to speak. When it comes to Mah Chee or Mua Chee in Ipoh, instantly the name Hong Kee (actually it’s “Fong Kee” in Cantonese, thanks to Jason who can read Chinese better than me) springs to mind.
She took over this stall from her father (the Sith Lord himself; picture at the end of this post … sit still, people!) whom in turn started this Mua Chee and Fa Sang Woo (Sweet Peanut Broth) business way back over half a century ago. But he was peddling his stall around back then, not merely operating from a stagnant, fixed position according to this lady …..
A serving of Mah Chee at RM2.00/USD0.60 that comes in cute,rounded shapes, pinched with almost the same consistency and uniformity.
Hong Kee Mah Chee was even featured in the media before, most notably in the TV program “Ho Chak” on 8TV. I remembered how they were sheepishly inept in replicating her swift, almost robotic yet faultless motion when pinching the dough into uniformed sizes, then proceeded to mix the starchy dough (made from glutinous rice flour/tapioca flour) thoroughly with the mixture of finely-grounded peanuts and sugar contained in a separate steel contraption.
See how she and her son miraculously work up a storm, pinching, mixing and dishing the Mah Chee out in a matter of seconds.
No doubt some may complain that the Mah Chee here is a little pricier than the usual stalls, which sell theirs at about RM1.50 each. But I shall not compare, given the fact that probably you’re paying for some eye candy (don’t get the wrong idea!) in the form of boundless energy channeled into the making of your plate of Mah Chee, as opposed to the generic method of cutting up the sticky dough with a metal cutter instead.
Oh, don’t worry, they DO rinse their hands before starting their “pinch-a-roonie” fest. 🙂
Seeking for something warm and filling, yet nothing that requires chewing? Opt for a bowl of their “Fah Sang Woo” instead. A thickened but yet flows effortlessly down one’s throat, creamy concoction made from toasted peanuts and sugar. (RM2.00/USD0.60 per serving)
Noted that they are STILL using charcoal to fuel the fire that keeps the “Fah Sang Woo” warm!
Don’t breeze past the road without looking to your LEFT (if you’re coming from town’s direction). Just look for the blue-white canopies, and you’re good to go.
Thanks to Jason, I realized my dream. Hahaha …. and to imagine this stall was rather easy to locate, even without prior knowledge of its location. Directly by the roadside, without any obstacles or other hawkers/peddlers thriving about. So if you’re ever around Pasir Puteh, or Pasir Pinji running your errands or having a hell-of-a-big-feast for lunch, consider dropping by Hong Kee for a packet or two of their famous Mah Chee and/or a warm serving of Fah Sang Woo.
“Don’t Mess with Da Sith Lord of the Mah Chee !!!”
HONG KEE MAH CHEE
Stall in front of 550A, Jalan Queen,
31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business hours – 1.00pm – 6.00pm daily.
Closed on Thursdays.
Telephone : 012-3828 651 (plagiarized from Jason’s blog)
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Hong Kee Mah Chee
** What the other peanut lovers thought about Hong Kee :
Jason brought the whole bunch of hungry foodies there when I was not around (grr …)
IpohChai drew a MAP to indicate the location, in relation to the market
Ginger-licious lamented about the lack of crowd as of late, compared to its glittering years.
WMW went for this after our short (hehe) meet-up at the BIG TREE FOOT.