NIGHT markets are popular among university students, and Shah Alam has a number of them which students like to visit for the food.
On a recent trip to Shah Alam, I dropped by the Section 7 night market which I used to frequent and remembered a particular stall selling popia sambal madu (spring rolls with honey sauce) that my friends would always go to before heading for their internship .
Wanting a light snack, I went looking and it was not hard to find as the stall is located in the first row of the food area, just behind the food court.
At 5pm, there was a steady flow of customers waiting to buy a packet or two of spring rolls.
I could not decide whether to choose the normal spring rolls or the deep-fried ones, so I ordered a pack which had both.
The wait was not long, which was a blessing considering the heat and the number of people there.
While most spring rolls come with a light sweet chilli sauce or coated with sambal sira, the sauce here is a darker shade of red and thicker, like what you would get with nasi lemak.
“I’ve worked for people selling popiah to learn some basics, then I made my own secret recipe for the sambal.
“Because I’m using honey, its sweetness and taste will stick and make customers come back for more,” said stall owner Muhammad Khairullah Mohd Sukhaine, 24, who is also known as Khai.
The deep-fried spring rolls only had cabbage in them, but the dark sweet sauce was a perfect pairing while the normal spring rolls had a few different vegetables giving them a combination of flavours and textures.
The spring rolls are a must-have for some who visit the night market, such as UiTM student Nuryakira Md Akim.
“When I first tasted the spring rolls, it took me back to my childhood in Banting .
“Anybody can make spring rolls, but not the sauce they have here,” she said.
It is recommended that you request for the sauce on the side if you are going to eat it later, but the fried spring rolls still remain crunchy even with the sauce on them.
One packet of spring rolls with honey sauce (five pieces) is priced at RM5.
The Section 7 night market (behind the Section 7 food court) is on Jalan Plumbum 7/98 near i-City. It is open on Wednesdays from 4pm to 10pm.