ALOR SETAR, April 8 (Bernama) -- Popia Mohamed and Mee Abu are not only very
popular with residents in this northern city in the peninsula, but are also the
favourite food of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu''adzam
Shah, who is also the Sultan of Kedah.
These two dishes are also favoured by Tuanku Abdul Halim for official state
functions at Istana Anak Bukit since he ascended the Kedah throne in 1958,
according to the makers of the dishes.
Sini Mohamad Jamal Mohamad, 45, a third generation maker of this popia basah
said the fresh spring roll had its uniqueness in taste and texture created from
a recipe handed down through generations, starting with his grandfather, Kadir
Sini Mohamed has been running his popia stall in Jalan Tun Razak here since
20 years ago and often receives orders from the palace in Istana Anak for
functions attended by the Sultan.
An unforgettable memory is of Tuanku Abdul Halim himself asking for an extra
serving of the popia at a function held at a hotel here in April, 2001.
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"I was surprised when the Sultan himself approached me and asked for more
popia because before this, I would be the one going to the VVI table to serve
Tuanku more popia," he fondly recalled.
Sini Mohamad said the secret to the favoured popia could be due to the
sauces used from an old family recipe, hence giving his popia a special taste.
Besides that, he added, the popia skins which he made himself were soft and
incomparable to those made by others.
Sini Mohamed who feels proud that Tuanku Abdul Halim has once again been
appointed the Malaysian King, described Tuanku Abdul Halim as a caring ruler who
is close to the people.
Meanwhile, mee seller Seeni Mohamed Abd Kadir, 56, who has been selling mee
(yellow noodle) dishes for over 40 years said his mee rebus and mee goreng were
special because they were cooked over charcoal fire and using a secret family
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He operates his restaurant in Jalan Sultanah here since taking over the mee
business from his uncle S.S. Abu Faliru in the 1990s.
He said although he only used yellow noodles, soya bean cakes, cucur udang
(prawn fritters), eggs and cow spleen for the dish, and potatoes for the gravy,
the taste was heightened by the use of charcoal for cooking which also ensured
the noodles were well-cooked throughout and fast.
Seeni Mohamed said his uncle was selling mee near Sultan Abdul Hamid College
since 1966, which drew a steady stream of customers each day including the
college students and national and state leaders, as well as Tuanku Abdul Halim,
who is also a former student of the college.
He said he was delighted with Tuanku Abdul Halim, beloved and highly
respected by his subjects, being Yang di-Pertuan Agong again and that he prayed
for the King''s good health and longevity.
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