Popular Kueh Pulau Pinang Hawker, 73, Closing His Stall Despite Good Business
Teo Ah Bee, 73, is very popular at the Buangkok Crescent coffeeshop where he runs his hawker stall Kueh Pulau Pinang. He sells what Singaporeans would commonly call min jiang kueh, though Ah Bee said: “Back in the day, we always called it kueh pulau pinang, not apam balik or min jiang kueh. So that’s what I put on my stall’s sign.”
He has been making and selling pancakes since he was 13. “That was back when it was 10 cents a piece at pasar malams. My father was very strict; I wasn't allowed to go home until I had sold every piece!” he chortled.
Business has also picked up for him at Buangkok since Covid-19 dine-in restrictions were lifted. Ah Bee makes yummy, homely traditional min jiang kueh from $1 a slice, with fillings like his own fried-and-grinded peanuts, grated coconut with gula melaka and red bean paste.