Ban Chien Kueh/ Peanut Pancakes @ Air Itam, Penang.
One could easily overlook this humble little stall manned by an aged uncle here at Jalan Kampung Pisang, Air Itam. It sells Peanut Pancakes, or commonly known as "Ban Chien Kueh" by the locals, the uncle uses charcoal as the fuel which could really brings out the flavors. It should be quite eye-catching as this stall is always packed with patrons, waiting patiently for their orders to be done. The uncle insists to increase the selling price albeit the fast escalating cost of living expenses; I was shocked to find out that each substantial piece of Ban Chien Kueh is selling at Rm 0.80. However, please be sure that you are not in rush for any events as you are expected to wait patiently.It has been here for few decades according to some locals which suggests that Penang has many hidden gems yet to be discovered. Well, serendipitous finds are always the best, no?
This warm and crunchy Ban Chien Kueh was delicious, generously filled with crushed Peanuts and Corn-Custard, as well as a touch of sugar. However, the over-sprinkling of sugar ended slightly too sweet for my palates. Unlike ordinary Ban Chien Kueh, this version has thicker and fluffier base with a crunchy side. I just love how the ingredients amalgamated together, it was a pleasingly comfort local delicacy that you can't find elsewhere. Every bit of it was a joy to eat. However, the Ban Chien Kueh is best eaten warm.
Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 8.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service: 5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: Jalan Kampung Pisang, 11500, Air Itam, Penang. *Before the T junction to Sunshine Farlim, this stall is opposite to a "TM" building along Jalan Kampung Pisang*
Business Hour: 12noon until sold out. *At his retired age, the uncle opens the stall for business whenever he feels like want to, please avoid public holidays just to be safe*