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.
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.
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.
Turnip Bun @ RM1.50
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.
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.
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.
‘Stall of the deep fried bun’
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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