Somewhere along the bustling Petaling Street in the capital city of Malaysia, an old lady by the name of Madam Tang has been selling muah chee (Chinese glutinous rice cake coated with ground peanuts) for many years. It's said that she managed to fend off three different competitors at the heart of the Chinatown over the years.
Mixed Muah Chee RM 5.00 (~S$1.70)
I didn't really take note of the flavours available for the muah chee as I had to hurry the other day, but it was a nice mix of mildly sweet glutinous rice balls that were enjoyably chewy without sticking at the roof of my mouth. I'm in favour of the aromatic lychee and strawberry flavours, as well as the slightly more sophisticated black sesame ones. Apart from that, there were also the original and pandan flavours. The peanuts were finely ground, resulting in a nice powdery texture.
The muah chee wasn't mind-blowing for sure, but it was definitely one of the better ones I've tried so far. Pika's advice: I've heard that Madam Tang has come up with about a dozen of flavours, including the likes of green tea and almond, among others. As there are only a couple of flavours available each day, do see what's available.
Madam Tang has been making a living all these years with her trusty, unassuming pushcart adorned with various newspaper articles, testament to the goodness of her muah chee.
Whenever at Petaling Street, I always buy a cup of cold air mata kucing (lit. cat's tears) to beat the sweltering heat.
That's one of the Chinese arches at one of the ends of the street.
Madam Tang's Muah Chee @ Petaling Street
(Daily: 7.30am - 6.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,