Padang Brown Popiah

Written by Lingzie

Topics: Penang Hawker Food

The popiah in Padang Brown is perhaps one of the best popiahs in Penang. And it has been rather blogged to death. But I just couldn’t resist doing a post on this. Mainly because the photos are amazing! (step by step photos on making the popiah!)

Padang Brown Hawker Center Overview

Padang Brown Hawker Center Overview

Lest you think that my photography skills have suddenly improved, I shall now admit that these photos are courtesy of Yap, a friend who was here in Penang recently for some good food. And I as usual became the designated food guide.

Another reason for the post is of course the fact that I do adore these popiahs, though I seem to overlook them sometimes. Must make it a habit to come to this place more often! And popiahs are really a much healthier teatime snack!

What’s so special about these popiahs? Perhaps its the use of crab flesh. Or perhaps its their way of cooking the vegetable filling. Whatever it may be, I’m just thankful that the son of the original owner (Mr Ong Eng Hock) decided to continue with the business!

Onto the popiahs! First step – hoisin sweet sauce and chilli sauce on popiah skin, place a piece of lettuce on top

Makings of a popiah

Makings of a popiah

Second step – place veggie filling, crab meat, fried beancurd minced finely, fried egg, fried shallots..etc and wrap!

Wrapping the popiah

Wrapping the popiah

Next step – drench in soup from the vegetable filling. If you like your popiah dry, you can request for the uncle to skip this step.

Almost done...

Almost done...

Finally…. crab meat popiah! *salivates*

Padang Brown Popiah...unveiled...

Padang Brown Popiah...unveiled...

Padang Brown is located at the junction of Perak Road and Anson Road, opposite Convent Dato Kramat school. Besides popiah, this place is also popular for lok-lok, pasembur and sup kambing (available at night). Various other hawker stalls also available such as char koay teow and fried oysters. Opens in the afternoons til late evening about 6-7pm.

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  1. lilian says:

    LOL, when I was studying for my secretarial course across the road, all 20 yrs of me, this uncle was a young man. Now, we are both old liao….but the pohpiah still tastes as good. Only diff is last time, they costed 60 sen per piece only.

  2. Christy says:

    This is nice, I always order their popiah whenever I am in Padang Brown:)
    Amazing, how did you manage to get the uncle to agree the slow-motion process while you and your friend captures?:D I’d love to do that too;)

  3. PenangTuaPui says:

    agree…. the photo is very nice…….

  4. ck lam says:

    For me, this is one of the best popiah in Penang with the crab meat. I prefer mine with less gravy πŸ™‚

  5. allie says:

    Nice pics.. Must come from a slr ya..

  6. little inbox says:

    No doubt, nice photos! You remind me to pay uncle a visit soon. πŸ˜€

  7. lingzie says:

    lilian – 60cents per piece only?! haih…inflation… πŸ™

    christy – actually i didnt ask the uncle. my friend, Yap, just stood there with his big huge slr and snapped away! i didnt even realize he took photos cos i was busy ordering other food! lol

    penangtuapui – very nice hoh? i wonder when i can take such nice photos! need to ask my friend for tutorial liao haha!

  8. lingzie says:

    ck lam – oh so you also prefer it with less gravy? i like mine with lots of gravy but some of my friends like it with less gravy. when i was there, there was a guy who ordered his popiah with no gravy!

    allie – yup. my friend’s big huge slr (nikon D3)

    little inbox – thank you! must tell my friend that his photos are a hit! πŸ™‚

  9. Kaya MeeKoo says:

    Yes, one of the best poh piah around. But nothing beats home made poh piah yeah – that’s where we can load up on the prawns! πŸ™‚

    The “or kuih” and “kuih talam” at Padang Brown is pretty good too.

  10. i still prefer ipoh popiah… i can’t find penang popiah nice. but with this post, i will have to give it a try. πŸ™‚

  11. Criz Lai says:

    I agreed. This is the best popiah I had with so much of crab meant in it. Now I’m hungry for some πŸ˜›

  12. allenooi says:

    never tried. in fact, i seldom go to padang brown for food. shd have go more in future. πŸ™‚

  13. Steven Goh says:

    This Mr. Ong already been there for very long time dee. He was there when I was small kid. I love his popia and also the kumbing soup that is near his stall. It really makes me recall my memory.

  14. vkeong says:

    wow, popiah made using crab meat! I never knew this

  15. Lovely awesome popiah, and you just had reminded me of the ipoh caning garden’s popiah which the uncle no longer selling any more due to old age.

  16. QuaChee says:

    wow, ive never seen a wet popiah πŸ™‚

  17. Ed & Cher says:

    We really like the popiah here too. Did you try the stall selling Nyonya Kuih? Their kerabu beehoon is good.

  18. buzzingbee says:

    I prefer poh piah with less gravy…but nevertheless, the one here is nice!!
    Oh yea…compliments to your friend for the nice photos. After you learned the tricks from him, then teach me yea πŸ˜€

  19. lingzie says:

    kaya meekoo – i also love home made popiah for the very same reason! can load up on whichever ingredient you like best!

    new kid on the blog – hmmm i’ve never tried ipoh popiah..does it taste different? will make it a point to try popiah if i go ipoh!

    criz lai – come come, we go for popiah one day!

  20. lingzie says:

    allen ooi – although this place has been around for so long and is nothing fancy, i think the food is still good! a slice of nostalgia. πŸ™‚

    steven – yeah! the kambing soup also really good right? my grandpa’s favourite!

    vkeong – you come to penang for cari makan day trip la… heehee

  21. lingzie says:

    BBO – aiyo…thats sad. πŸ™

    quachee – heehee i belanja you if you come to penang ok? πŸ™‚

    ed & cher – got stall selling nyonya kuih ah?! i didnt see!! (die lah so blind one…) will definitely go again to try cos i love nyonya kuih and kerabu bee hoon!thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    buzzing bee – i’ve been trying to get him to teach me some tricks for so long d…. either i’m not meant to be a photographer or he’s a lousy teacher! haha (but i think its the fact that he carries a slr and me a P&S)

  22. This is probably D place for popiah in Penang. I come here only for the popiah and nothing else!

  23. lk says:

    I am drooling……! Can’t wait to FLY back to Penang now. How can I miss out this D food as a Penangite? Pai sei pai sei…hehehe…!

  24. Jay-P. says:

    Great place for Popiah. We all are grateful for posting the address of this little gem. We had some Tuesday afternoon and we all loved it. Brought some home for Mom in law and she also was saying it was a very good popiah.
    Thanks again. (I’ll post our recent Penang experiences after returning back to Hong Kong next week.) We are still here but are already planning a new trip in a few months.
    .-= Jay-P.Β΄s last blog ..L’ Atelier de cuisine – Sauce BΓ©arnaise. =-.

  25. Jam Choo says:

    I just tried this last weekend & as usual, there are still many customers (and the anty is still serving with poker-face).

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