Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Popiah Party

Last weekend, we finally had a popiah party courtesy of Mr. Singapore and his lovely parents. Ever since we had one yonks ago (we all reckon it was seven years ago!), it's what we keep bugging Mr. Singapore to have all the time. We finally got our wish and it was fantastic stuff.

See the huge spread of ingredients for the popiah! My friend is arranging the popiah skin that is covered with a cloth to prevent it from drying out. There was no space left on the table and everyone was reaching out to the little plates of ingredients to make their own popiahs.

Essential part of the popiah - the yam bean or sengkuang filling. Try and drain as much liquid from the filling or else your popiah will get soggy.

This is THE sauce all the way from Malacca which Auntie D orders. It adds the sweet kick to the popiah which you can spread around the skin or drizzle over your fillings.

Another essential part of the popiah - home made chilli sauce from lots of chilli and garlic. My friend was spreading so much on her popiah that they looked red from the outside.

These are no ordinary bean sprouts (taugeh) as Mr. Singapore actually spent a whole morning peeling the brown ends away! Great effort coming from him as he is more famous for his almost solid oatmeal plus boiled luncheon meat with rice cooking efforts which we have never let him forget throughout the years. Besides these items, we also had shredded cucumbers, butterhead lettuce, prawns, white tofu, shredded egg, chicken pieces and deep fried shallot crisps.

The host demonstrated how to make your own popiah which I captured step by step. First, you take a popiah skin from the pile. Some people take two pieces of skin to wrap their popiah like Mr. Singapore as it does not tear that easily. You then spread the sweet sauce on top of the popiah.

Pile all the ingredients you like on top starting with the butterhead lettuce to give it support. The best thing about making your own popiah is you can't complain if you don't like it since you chose the combination of ingredients yourself.

Don't pile too much filling or else it'll be difficult to fold. You can either put the filling in the middle or the side. Fold the skin over the middle filling gently.

Tuck the ends in and you'll have a perfect popiah which you can pop into your mouth. Everyone was making various shapes and varieties - small ones, huge ones that were almost popping out, chilli red ones and etc. It was so fun that I totally lost count of how many popiahs I had throughout the whole afternoon. I know I was so stuffed that I did not even eat dinner that night.

Special mention must also be made for the rojak we had while waiting for the popiah to be served. The sauce is fantastic - a secret recipe of my friend's colleague which was so yummy that one person even added it to her popiah.

Thanks so much to Mr. Singapore, Auntie D and Uncle for all the hardwork! and to Mr. and Ms. Host. Hopefully it won't be another seven years before we have another popiah party.

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Unknown said...

It's so much of fun to wrap your own popiah!! Whole table of ingredients to be chosen from..Makes me hungry

boo_licious said...

kampungboycitgal - quick! have your own popiah party, am sure you will have lots of fun.

Mummie Joan said...

OMG!!! Popiah party also can? LOL!! So nice wei! hehehe!!

something different! And it looked good! Home made somemore! GENG!

KY said...

i'm not invited, what an outrage!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your popiah party looked very interesting!

FooDcrazEE said...

*fuming* not invited..

KY u r too far away ......

boo_licious said...

joan - very geng and shiok! No wonder we have to wait 7 yrs for it!

ky - you hob nobbing with the Japanese girls mah. Popiah no fun for you as you are eating sushi everyday.

rosa - if u do a blog search, I found so many others so looks like a very "in" thing to have.

foodcrazee - you up at the hill mah!

c a r c a r said...

wow! really looks like a party over there!

popiah is a pretty famous food/snack here in singapore! hmm...but they have some peanuts or 'egg' inside over here.

and indeed i saw some shreded egg on the 1st pix, isn't it?

boo_licious said...

carcar - yes there was shredded egg but no peanuts. We had fried shallots for the additional crunch instead. yum!

fatboybakes said...

sigh, i oso have a friend who has the most divine popiah parties, but she says its so tiring to prepare, she's only gonna have it once in 4 years, like the olympics. given my age now, i will be lucky to be able to sample it 10 more times at the most....sigh sigh...
your popiah got crab meat ah? when my mother hosts popiah party, she actually gets freshly peeled crab meat. yum.

Stef said...

hi boo, what do you do with the yam bean? we use it in our spring rolls (both fresh and deep fried) too, but yours look like it's been cooked down. everything looks soooo delicious, i think i want to have my own popiah party too:)

boo_licious said...

fatboybakes - no crab meat in the popiah as I heard that it's a lot of work! Even making this was already a lot of work for Auntie D so we're lucky to have it.

stefoodie - yes, she shreds the yam bean and cooks it down with just soya sauce. No tau cheo or soya bean paste as my friend hates the smell of it.

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