Snacks are available everywhere in Penang! Plentiful indeed, however one particular snack caught my eye while I was slurping away my bowl of Assam Laksa in the Air Itam market. This lady was selling deep fried buns, similar to Roti Babi but with different ingredients and she uses bun instead of bread!

She makes a stunning serving of these inexpensive priced fried buns. The white fluffy buns are battered, deep fried and stuffed with four kinds of savory fillings:  chicken curry, mixed turnip stuffing (similar to mangkuang char), sausage and luncheon meat…simple creations!

My favorite from this stall is the Deep Fried Chicken Curry Bun! Stuffed with pieces of chicken and potato, the filling is quite similar to curry puffs… however the deep fried bun makes it taste surprisingly good.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Chicken Curry Bun @ RM1.50

Next is the Deep fried Luncheon Meat Bun, which is tasty just on its own – no sauce needed, simple yet scrumptious.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Luncheon Meat Bun @ RM1.30

Another crowd-favorite choice is the Deep Fried Mixed Turnip Bun! With chopped turnip, carrot and mushroom stuffed into the bun and subsequently deep fried, this is an excellent choice for tea time! The vegetable was tasty and adequately seasoned.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Turnip Bun @ RM1.50

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Plenty of mushroom and carrot, simple lip smacking!

The Chicken Curry Bun

If you do like spicy food, then go for the Chicken Curry Bun. Unlike the Turnip Bun which is stuffed with filling before frying, the Chicken Curry bun is stuffed with filling after the bun has been deep fried.

The buns are coated with a batter and subsequently deep fried in a pot of oil till golden brown with a crispy outer layer while the inside is still soft and fluffy.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

A slit is made on one side of the bun and the chicken curry filling is stuffed inside. It is easier to eat as the ingredients won’t spill out easily as you bite into it. These savory fried buns make a good teatime snack for me, especially the chicken curry and mixed turnip bun but my son loves all of them nonetheless.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

Each of the Chicken Curry Bun cost RM1.50

I bought some of the fried buns home to share with my relatives and they loved it. You too can try out this fried buns from the lady manning the stall parked by the left hand side of the main Pasar Road, directly opposite the famed Air Itam Laksa.

Tasty Fried Buns opposite Air Itam Market by

‘Stall of the deep fried bun’

Click here for the Map Location.

Pasar Road (Opposite the Air Itam Market)
11500 Air Itam

Business Hour : 1.30pm till 5pm

Closed on the 1st and 15th day of the Chinese Lunar calendar

GPS Coordinates : N05 40099   E100 27818

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23 comments so far


ooo lovely, can 1 stone kill 2 bird riao, laksa + bun :D

April 2nd, 2010 at 8:16 am

wow interesting!!

April 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 am

Wah this is a nice treat! I would definitely love it because I love fried stuff! :)

April 2nd, 2010 at 9:55 am

this looks very awesome goodness, crisp on outer layer while fillings inside. Definitely I will pay more to add more awesome fillings! :)

April 2nd, 2010 at 10:25 am

Didn’t know about this stall even though I am the laksa regular.Will definitely go and have a try this weekend.Thanks for the update.

April 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 am

samlee860407 – Good idea, Sam!

Duckie – Something different for a change :)

iamthewitch – Me too.

Big Boys Oven – Wow..extra add-on, I did not think of that…

Jessie – Definitely worth the visit.

April 2nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

gosh i can’t wait to be back… i wanna try everything this weekend. CK you are good of finding delicious food. muacks!

April 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

oh i love this!! tried it some time ago (hardly venture there cos very jam la… :P)
its really good! must go this weekend now that you’ve reminded me abt it. hehehe

April 2nd, 2010 at 11:09 am

Wow…i am a super fan for luncheon meat, the Deep fried Luncheon Meat Bun must be very very nice! =)

April 2nd, 2010 at 11:49 am
Tse Liang

Love it… my fav… I always go to buy it when not working… LOL

April 2nd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

These look wonderful!! I’m so thankful for yr blog… keeps me informed of the wonderful things about home!

April 2nd, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Jack Tai

business hour?

CK Lam Reply:

Found and updated…
Business Hour : 1.30pm till 5pm

Closed on the 1st and 15th day of the Chinese Lunar calendar

April 3rd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

They MUST do a BACON with CHEESE version!

April 3rd, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Those buns look so tempting! I can hear them calling my name now….LOL!

April 5th, 2010 at 1:52 am

.*_______________*. *DROOOL~~~*

April 5th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hie Cklam, can i know what time the stall will be open?? and close on which day??

CK Lam Reply:

Got the confirmation from the owner…

Business Hour : 1.30pm till 5pm
Closed on the 1st and 15th day of the Chinese Lunar calendar

April 5th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

eh near my house, its more like roti babi~

April 6th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

This stall is already there for a long long time. I usually tar pau and went across the road and eat at the Lam mee table.

April 6th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Hi CK Lam ! I look forward to trying out the yummy buns at the stall but pls update me the business hours so that I will not get disappointed going all the way there ! Tks a lot.

CK Lam Reply:

Will update it once I get it this weekend.

CK Lam Reply:

Business Hour : 1.30pm till 5pm

Closed on the 1st and 15th day of the Chinese Lunar calendar

April 7th, 2010 at 2:13 am

every sat also went ayer itam market, but never try this before. Introduce you the Apong near toto shop. Give a good try !!!

CK Lam Reply:

Thanks! Went with some friends recently and we did enjoyed eating the apong.

April 12th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Yes, the curry chicken bun is fantastic!!! Must try the luncheon meat bun next time :D

April 16th, 2010 at 11:30 am

Please stop eating deep-fried food as it is not good for your health. Always think of your health first before eating anything.

April 17th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I never noticed this while passing by that road.. perhaps should try it some if there are visitors came by.. and hmm.. deep fried food can be unhealthy.. so… everything should be taken in moderation :)

May 19th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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