Chee Cheong Fun and Egg Tarts at Imbi Market

5 May

Imbi Market is one of the famous wet markets of KL, located in an impossible-to-drive-to corner of town. The market itself is on the small side, though it’s a good place to experience a traditional Asian wet market (and to convert to vegetarianism — if you buy chicken, it’s slaughtered on the spot), but what makes Imbi a hot spot is the cluster of stalls in the back, serving up breakfast and brunch to discerning KLites and bus drivers.

One of the best-known stalls is a chee cheong fun spot. Chee cheong fun is a sort of rice crepe that you may have encountered at dim sum, stuffed with char siu or shrimp; in Malaysia, it’s served unstuffed with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Left to right: Sisters Popiah; chee cheong fun from the “other” stall; chee cheong fun from the famous stall

Unfortunately, because I’d been driving around lost for so long, I was too faint with hunger to check if the first place I got my chee cheong fun was the famous stall. After I’d ordered, I turned around and saw the right place. So…I got another plate of chee cheong fun. Between this and the popiah (which really deserves its own post, but suffice to say it’s the Malaysian version of a fresh spring roll), I didn’t have room for much else, unfortunately. I couldn’t taste much of a difference between the two chee cheong funs — the sauce from #2 Chee Cheong Fun was maybe a bit sweeter? — but #2’s yong tau foo (vegetables stuffed with seasoned fish paste — really delicious, I swear) was definitely a couple notches above in quality. (Yong tau foo is another Malaysian speciality deserving of its own post. Clearly I’ve been slacking.)

Fresh from the oven

Being stuffed with rice noodles didn’t prevent me from picking up some dessert to take home. These egg tarts from Boon Choon were just going into the oven when I got to the stall; I had to wait 20 minutes, but it was worth it. Perfect, flaky (= loaded with lard) pastry, filled with more than the usual quantity of wobbly custard. I particularly liked that the custard wasn’t as dense as a lot of Chinese egg tarts tend to be. Definitely a contender for best egg tarts in KL, in my opinion.

Imbi Market (listed on Google Maps as Pasar Besar Bukit Bintang) is located between Jalan Melati and Jalan Kampung. Go early (before 10 a.m.) for the best selection; if you’re planning on doing any marketing, go even earlier.

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One Response to “Chee Cheong Fun and Egg Tarts at Imbi Market”

  1. Nate @ House of Annie May 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I only just found out about Imbi Market. I’d love to go see the chickens getting slaughtered. And then sample the ccf and ytf. And have a lardy egg tart or three :-d

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