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Popiah (Spring Roll)

I remember during my childhood days, whenever there were festivities, we would always go to a local shop and buy a pound of fresh popiah skin. I love watching the “popiah maker” make the fresh skin. He would hold a ball of dough in one hand, rub the dough on a hot flat plate to form the skin and pulls the extra dough off with a “plop”.

Unfortunately the only popiah skin that are available here are the frozen ones. Normally I use them for making fried spring roll. They are good but sometimes I crave the non-fried version. I have tried to make my own. The dough turned out good but I found out that that rubbing & plopping requires a whole lot of skill!! I just don’t have that skill!! 🙁  Then someone told me to try steaming the frozen popiah skin, and so I did. To my surprise, it turned out pretty good. Of course, the fresh ones will always be the best but this will do for now till my next trip home.

Popiah (Spring Roll)

I forgot to take a photo of the filling. The filling consists of jicama, pork, dried shrimp and chinese sausage.

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  • allthingspurple May 23, 2008, 8:58 am

    pardon this amateur cook,but what’s jicama? And what is it called in chinese dialect?
    Your popiah sure looks good. I love home cook stuff !!

    Jicama is mangkuang in Hokkien. I dun know what it’s called in Cantonese. 😛

  • Clockwise May 28, 2008, 3:13 pm

    In Melb, when my mum makes popiah (enough for 20 or so people over 2 days), she uses the frozen springroll skin from Singapore. They are fresh once thawed and just as nice. You make me feel like having popiah. 🙁

    Hey Judy, how are you? Haven’t seen you for a while. 🙂 Hehe… time to make a trip to the Asian grocery store. 😛

  • whoisbaby May 28, 2008, 9:19 pm

    you so ‘geng’ can make your own poh piah puai? it is definitely a lot of work for a small amount of enjoyment. i never make fresh poh piah here since i am the only one that likes it, hubby likes egg roll (deep fried kind). i only eat poh piah when i go back to malaysia … which is … soon!!

    *envy* enjoy all the yummy food in Malaysia!! 🙂

  • bp May 31, 2008, 3:16 am

    Thanks for the steaming tip…. I must try it with the frozen skin, which doesn’t taste so good, and we were going to “write it off”.

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