Poh Piah is side dish or snack made fresh to order at the hawker stalls and goes well with any main meals.
The name Poh Piah translates literally to ‘thin wafer’ in the Hokkien dialect.
It is a non-fried vegetable spring roll made with special white spring roll skin filled with shredded vegetables; mainly turnip, bean sprouts and carrot cooked with dried shrimps.
The white spring roll skin is a paper thin, crepe like pancake made from wheat flour.
The making of the skin itself is altogether an interesting sight to see.
Although, stalls would have stacks of the skin pre-made and ready to roll, so to speak.
A dash of sweet sauce or hoisin sauce and chilli sauce (optional) is added onto the skin before the mixture of vegetables, eggs, crushed peanuts and lettuce is placed in a row and rolled up.
Where to get Poh Piah: Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Pulau Tikus Market, Padang Brown Hawker Centre, Poh Piah Roadside Stall on New Lane, Mangrove Food Court in Prima Tanjung at Tanjung Tokong. Hawker Centre next to Penang Chinese Swimming Club in Tanjung Tokong.
Heat Level: Non-Spicy, Chilli sauce is option, please state your preference when ordering.
If you can’t get to Penang or simply want to prepare this at home, why not try one of the cook books below: