Sisters Crispy Popiah’s special ingredient – crunchy biscuit


Lim has been making popiah for the past 33 years. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star.

Lim has been making popiah for the past 33 years. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star.

SISTERS Crispy Popiah founder Mei Lim has been making soft skin spring rolls, better known as popiah since 1985.

Each roll comes with homemade sweet sauce, chilli sauce, turnip, cucumber, carrot, crispy biscuits and egg.

The tightly wrapped popiah allowed me to eat the entire roll without its fillings spilling out.

When asked about what made the popiah irresistible, Lim said it was the crunchy biscuits.

“My customers enjoy the crispiness when they bite into it.

“They also enjoy the sweet sauce and chilli sauce that complement each other,” said Lim, who was born and bred in Kuala Lumpur.

The simple ingredients deliver great natural and authentic taste as the family recipe sauces do not overpower the ingredients.
The simple ingredients deliver great natural and authentic taste as the family recipe sauces do not overpower the ingredients.

The popiah was not overly spicy or sweet and there was a crunch in each bite.

The simple ingredients offered the natural sweetness of the vegetables used while the sauces added depth to the overall taste.

“I started eating popiah when I was five years old. Thirty years ago, we started our first-generation stall in Jalan Ipoh.

“In 2002, the stall which was then in the Imbi Market, shifted to ICC Pudu,” Lim said.

Sisters Crispy Popiah has since grown from a humble stall to 20 branches in the country including stores in Mid Valley Megamall, Sogo KL and Sunway Pyramid.

Lim is in charge of production and purchases the ingredients for all eateries.

I was curious to find out why she held on to her first stall.

“I love the customers, and they always come back for our popiah.

“Some of my frequent customers even come from Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore,” the 50-year-old said.

Lim said she makes 300 pieces a day and 500 popiah on weekends.

Each popiah is priced at RM3, which is considered affordable for food in the city.

Sisters Crispy Popiah is located at ICC Pudu, Jalan Kijang, Kuala Lumpur. It is open from 6.30am to 1.30pm daily.