Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Malaysian Seven Clans Association Food Carnival

Making Guangxi Egg Pancake (Tan Kok in Chinese). A mixture of fish paste, minced meat and chopped chives (kau choy in Chinese) is wrapped in egg.

Last Sunday, my friend S and I visited Thean Hou Temple for this food carnival. We vowed to get there early since we knew it would be packed with people. Despite us arriving around 10 am which is when the carnival starts, it was already chaotic in the temple hall.

The pancake is pan fried till golden brown and served.

The food carnival is organised by the seven major Chinese clans in Malaysia which consists of the Federation of Kwang Tung Associations of Malaysia, the Federation of Hokkien Associations of Malaysia, the Federation of Hakka Associations of Malaysia, Malaysia Guangxi Associations, the Federated Teochew Associations of Malaysia, Malaysia Federate of San Kiang Associations and the Federation of Hainan Associations of Malaysia. It was an excellent opportunity to try the various clans' cooking styles. What was even better we discovered was most of the items were home cooked hence they felt very authentic.

Another Guangxi dish - tofu puffs stuffed with chopped chives, minced meat and chopped peanuts.

The good food really got snapped up quickly and some of the ladies from the various clans had travelled from Ipoh to join the carnival. My favourite stall was from the Guangxi clan right next to the main entrance. There was a lady making pancakes with egg and a mixture of minced meat, fish paste and chopped chives which was delicious. Chopped chives is featured a lot in Guangxi's cuisine as they also use it to stuff tofu puffs and tiny bittergourds. The mix is similar to the pancake except they add chopped peanuts in it.

Guangxi stuffed bittergourd with chopped chives, peanuts and minced meat

Not only do they use the chopped chives to stuff in tofu and vegetables, it is also used as a flavouring with ginger and garlic for poached chicken. Once fried with these items, the chicken is fragrant and delicious.

Guangxi Chicken with chopped chives, ginger and garlic

Hakka Lui Cha with all the vegetables on top of rice

Ladling the tea mixture on top of the vegetables and rice. Peanuts are sprinkled on top.

The Hakka clan were doing brisk business with a selection of mua chee, yong tau foo and a Lui Cha stall. A bowl of rice will be filled up with the various vegetables before the tea mixture is poured on top. Really delicious and again, it felt like something your Hakka grandmother would have made at home for you.

Hainanese Coconut Dumplings known as Yi Buak

The Hainanese were selling the famous Chicken Rice, Curry, Mutton Stew and these sweet coconut dumplings called Yi Buak. They're filled with shredded coconut, peanuts and sesame seed filling. We also tried the Mutton Stew which was good - more herbal tasting and not much oil. The mutton pieces were tender and great with the crunchy wood ear fungus.

Shanghai Dumplings

There was also a stall selling Shanghainese food like these dumplings. Served with shredded ginger and black vinegar, this was really good stuff. I liked the filling. They also sold Shanghai Pau which we didn't try and the Lion Head Meatballs.

Shanghainese Lion Head Meatballs

Teochew Or Nee in a Pumpkin

The Teochews had a huge stall and they were selling Or Nee (Yam Pudding) topped with gingko nuts in a steamed pumpkin shell. It looked really tempting but was quite pricey hence we didn't get to try it. They also have cai kuih (filled with shredded yam bean) and peach shaped dumplings (toh kuih) that is filled with green bean paste.

Chopping up Teochew Spiced Duck

There were quite a few other clans I did not feature since they were serving dishes we commonly see. Some were so difficult to get near as crowds of people will be pushing their way to queue and buy the food. Also saw Ipoh Salt Baked Chicken, rojak and etc at the other stalls.

Cai Kuih filled with shredded yambean filling

Although you may not have caught this year's food carnival, I have been told this a yearly affair. If you do read the announcement, remember to visit it as it's a good opportunity to sample home cooked Chinese food and try the various clans special dishes.

The Malaysian Seven Clans Association Food Carnival
Contact the Secretariat of the Seven Clans at Tel No: 03-2141 0199 / 03-2141 6199

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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myCoffee said...

Wow! I never knew such event existed. The food spread looks fantastic!

Xiu Long Bao said...

hi boo, i think i hav prob publishing my post. Hmm..still figuring out how to fix it. The msg shows that my post has been published successfully but the new post is just not there.

boo_licious said...

mycoffee - they announced it in the Star and the chinese papers. Sponsored by Maggi.

boo_licious said...

xiu long bao - there's a time lag nowadays. Just wait a while and it will upload itself. It happened to me before.

Babe_KL said...

the guangxi food looked very good. i'm begging my fren to invite me for her wedding lunch in her hometown :p i heard they're serving guangxi grubs like yong tau foo etc etc. hmm otherwise maybe i can ask her to bring us to bentong for a crawl :D

Jason said...

Chinese food galore! My mom used to make the tofu pok at home but minus the peanuts. I'm a Canto though.

boo_licious said...

babe - we bought the most items from the guangxi clan as they were so good. Eaten guangxi chicken before in restaurants here which was also good.

jason - yes, and so packed with people! There were also old ladies from Ipoh with pomelo, sat key mah, peanuts and etc.

Tummythoz said...

10am. Thot when u said u have an early morning it'll be 8am or even 7am. =)
Wish I can pop some of those stuffed tofu & pancake into my mouth. Look scrumptious.

jasmine said...

omg. can't believe i miss out on this! will definitely look out for the next one.

sc said...

i read about this some time back, most unfortunately, i was not in during the carnival :(. guess i missed out on loads of good food!

fatboybakes said...

wow, i am surprised they allowed meat in the temple. i thought sure vegetarian one. it looks superb though, the entire spread.

Rahul said...

hi there! any suggestions for a good place to eat chinese? for my anniversary! would really appreciate any suggerstions! thanks so much!

teckiee said...

now thats what i call real hakka food. the yong tofu stuffing looks really real.

and lui char! w00t!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

did u have this just the day after the food crawl?? respect! i was quite sick of food the day after d.. looks dmn good..i can imagine tons of photographs if we go food crawling here..

Precious Pea said...

Boo, next year can inform me also? I wanna go.

MeiyeN said...

yeah like ffb, am pretty shocked how come meats are allowed in da temple! anyways, would love to join this event next year.. food looks yummy!

wmw said...

hahaha...imagining the group of us floggers there, running around taking photos!

Poonky said...

whoa whoa! so many stuff

Unknown said...

wahhh Boo, you really know how to cari makan ah :-) sounds really tempting. I will surely look out for it next year.

christopher wong said...

this blog is cool!

boo_licious said...

tummythoz - needed to run some errands still so had to wake up earlier.

jasmine - better mark it in yr calendar then.

sc - am sure you got lots of good food elsewhere.

fbb - dunno. maybe because this is the hall before the temple? Saw some couples who were getting registered looking so unhappy with the amt of people at the temple. We probably ruined their pix taking.

hansular - bit hard to say. Email me at and maybe u can state what type of budget and type of chinese food?

teckiee - home made ok, so tasted really fantastic.

joe - we ate only a bit as we got so full after a while esp with the lui cha.

precious pea - no problems, we can do gathering there.

meiyen - I think it's considered outside of the temple since it's at the hall in front of it.

wmw - u will have to fight with the other photographers. Saw quite a few there with big and small cameras as the tourists were also around visiting the temple.

poonky - yes, food galore!

lianne - nah, read abt it in the papers.

thxs christopher wong. stick around for more.

UnkaLeong said...

OMG...The Teochew in me is screaming out for On Nee and Duck!!!

boo_licious said...

LOL, u can come home and eat lots of Or Nee and Teochew Duck. Just call us Floggers for help.

mh said...

saw this event in newspaper weeks ago, thought no flogger will be there coz it's mostly home cooked Chinese food, so didn't get the ticket as i afraid i will be the only one taking photo in the crowd of aunties ;-)

boo_licious said...

tekko - lots of aunts and uncles, kiddies and etc. But food was good so kinda worth it.

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