Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Introducing a local snack - Muar Chee

For those who have not been to Malaysia or Penang, you probably would have heard of this island city which is famous for being the food paradise, not just in Malaysia alone, but the whole world.
Proudly known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is known to the locals and tourists alike as the food paradise/haven on earth and it is not a surprise to find many fans of the Penang delights and food with restaurants and cafes establishing their popularity by selling Penang food abroad.

As a Malaysian blogger, you would have seen that my blog covers a lot on the food found in Malaysia; particularly in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, both cities dear to my heart as they are both places where I call home.

Penang is truly a food paradise for food lovers as you will find all sorts of food available everywhere, and the best time, anytime!

There's food for every occasion; from breakfast to dinner and even those in-between meals. Well, it just goes to prove that Penangites (or Malaysians in general) love to eat, all the time

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Muar Chee, is a type of local snack which is a popular favorite among the locals, especially in Penang although it can be found in other states too (rare but can be found if you're lucky)

It is a made of sticky glutinous rice dough; and cut up into shapes of all sorts to make the sticky rice balls (it does not have to be round).
The sticky rice balls/dough are then served with grounded peanuts and coarse white sugar; along with fried shallots (if you wish).

Muar Chee can be found on the streets; in the markets or the night markets and usually (though not always) it is an old man selling them on a push cart. The stall could be really small and there may be limited lighting but there will be a white sign with red words "Muar Chee" written across it.
You can choose the amount you would like to have; prices start as low as RM2 (~USD$0.65-.70) for a box like the above.

It's sweet, and really chewy, and obviously the main reason why Malaysians love this snack!
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No limitation/restriction to the best time to consume this, as it is a snack and follow the Malaysian/Penangite style, eat whenever you feel like it :)

*Not recommended for diabetics*

23 comments:

  1. I love gluntinous rice flour, we have those tang yuan in China made with them, and they are delicious! I've never tried these but with sugar and fried shallot I bet that tastes amazing :)

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  2. sounds yummy....though completely unknown to me!

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  3. I am not very well versed in Malaysian cuisine or street foo, but this looks like a good pick-me-up if you are running lots of errands all day!
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog, I really appreciated your comment!

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  4. Hi Christy. Thanks for visiting my blog. Appreciate the comment. Man, you sure have quite a number of blogs going :D Where do you find the time? Anyway, you have a really informative blog here and I'll know where to visit before I start on a food journey or when I can't think of where and what to eat. Thanks!

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  5. thank you so much for inviting us to share some malaysian culture. This looks delicious!

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  6. This looks so good! I love to learn about treats from other cultures. I can see why this is such a popular snack!

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  7. Love seeing new things! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) ~ Courtney

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  8. Hi Christy, I know very little about Malaysian cuisine, so it's fun to read about this popular street snack. I'll enjoy looking through your interesting food diary. I used to be a very picky eater! Thanks for visiting my blog. Nancy

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  9. Xinmei, this is very different from Tang Yuan although it sounds the same:)
    Hmmm, maybe there is a correlation, people who love Tang Yuan seems to love this too (my mum!) ;)

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  10. Anna, hehehe..don't worry, it's nothing exotic, and pretty safe to eat:) Pickyeater is not a big fan of adventurous or out of the world kind of exotic eats:D

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  11. Ilke, you are just so kind, I appreciate you dropping by too:)
    This is dying trade these days, and in the past, I was told, it was made to be that way; a good pick up wherever you are or whenever you feel like munching on something;)

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  12. ping, I really really do enjoy writing a lot, therefore I separated them into different blogs; all talking about the different things which interest me:)
    Yeah, everyone asked me that same question, but I just squeeze my time here and there to update my beloved blogs. Besides, when you are doing something you are passionate about, it's just not tiring, right?:D

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  13. Maris, you are welcome!:) You will see more as time goes by, prepare that tummy for the food, i mean, the photos...LOL:D

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  14. yummychunklet, it tastes like that too, particularly if you are a nuts lover (no pun intended):D

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  15. Jeanne, glad that I've helped to add one more to your food dictionary. There will be more on Malaysian food, hehehe, from this Malaysian pickyeater!;)

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  16. Hi there Courtney, thanks for dropping by too!:) There will be more and more different things as the posts go by...hope to see you here more often too;)

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  17. Nancy, hey, give me five!:) Another pickyeater eh...cool:D
    You will be seeing lots of Malaysian food here; from all sorts and all the states we have here in my country;) Pleased to be your guide (though I am no expert either:)

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  18. Ohhhh... reminded me to buy some this weekend at the night bazaar! :) Love it!

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  19. It looks delicious!It looks sweet and crunchy,I love your photos.

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  21. Wow - that sounds delicious! I really enjoyed the few days I spent in KL during the summer I was in Singapore following my year as an exchange student in Japan, and I really like (and miss) the food of that region.

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  22. un plato exquisito muy completo,me agrada la comida asiática,lindas fotos,cariños y abrazos.

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