PETALING JAYA: If there was an award for best food at the Ramadan Bazaar in Section 14 here, the Penang Popiah stall would win it hands-down.
Kassim Ismail’s piping hot popiah attracts seamless crowd and over the last 10 years, his stall has become a must-visit stop at the bazaar.
Forty-seven-year-old Lai Choon Chiou and her family are some of many who have become hooked to the delicacy.
They wasted no time on the first day of Ramadan by heading straight to the stall on Wednesday.
“We live quite a distance from here but we come to this bazaar every Ramadan to buy the popiah as well as other local delicacies like kuih-muih, nasi lemak and ikan bakar,” she said, adding that her family had been loyal customers of Kassim’s popiah for more than a decade.
Tour guide K. Shantini, 39, described the popiah as “very sumptuous”.
“If I am bringing tour groups (to Malaysia) during Ramadan, I will definitely bring them to Ramadan bazaars around the Klang Valley. There is variety and everything is reasonably priced,” she said.
Such is the success of Kassim’s business at the bazaar that the 57-year-old had to close his permanent stall at the Section 14 food court during Ramadan.
“Our sales hit more than a thousand, which I have prepared today. On normal days, we sell only a third of the portion,” he said yesterday.
On what makes the popiah a hit, he said it was a “secret sauce” passed down from his grandfather that separated his popiah from the rest.
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