Savoring The Best All Over Town…


Posted by crizlai On March - 17 - 2009|


You would be amazed by how many times a Malaysian would eat a day, especially those Penangites with so many options available from breakfast right up to supper. You have so many choices at each and every corner of every district such as Adam’s Karipap Ayam (chicken curry puff – RM1.50 each) in Pulau Tikus Market along Jalan Pasar, Te Chang You Tiao Wang (the longest Chinese cruller at 14” length – RM1 each) along Jalan Paya Terubong, 8o varieties of kuih-muih (local finger snacks – 40sen each) at Mat Relax Corner along Jalan Jones or even some authentic Cantonese snacks at Guangzhou Cake House along Lebuh Carnarvon. Who could resist such temptation even at odd hours of the day?

Another great snack would be the Malaysian Pancake, commonly known as Apom Balik by the Malays and Ban Chang Koay by the Chinese community. Where could you get such great snack then? One prominent place would be right in town itself. With a continuous flow of buyers from all races, En. Noor Azam has been selling his Apom Balik right in front of the General Post Office (Pos Besar Pulau Pinang) along Downing Street (Lebuh Downing) for more than a decade.


What made his Apom Balik (60sen each) so demanding compare to many other sellers in town? His Apom Balik has the right texture, thickness, sweetness, buttery taste, freshness of the pounded peanuts and most importantly the crunchiness on the crust at all time. There are actually two types available at his roadside stall. One would be a thinner version with crunchy crust. You could opt for plain or with cream corns.


Another version would be the thicker type being slowly cooked in a large pan. This version would be more fluffy and soft in the center.


If you are at that area, do try his Apom Balik out. I had not stopped patronizing his stall each time I’m around that area as I find his skills in preparing this wonderful snack had maintained its consistency throughout all the years. It’s a great snack for tea.

Finding the stall would not be hard if you frequent Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) often for your banking transactions as this is the road where all the major banks are located. Just drive along Lebuh Pantai until you have reached Hongkong Bank. The road next to the bank is Lebuh Downing. Drive right until the end and you would see the General Post Office at the junction of Lebuh Downing and Pengkalan Weld (Weld Quay). The stall is just in front of the GPO, next to a Chinese iced drink seller. Do try out the corn drink here too as it’s one of the good ones around.


Address: Lebuh Downing, 10300 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 12.00noon-6.00pm
GPS: 5.417557, 100.344192

Ambience: 5/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 classy)
Food Choices: 5/10 (1-4 limited, 5-7 average, 8-10 many choices)
Taste: 8.5/10 (1-4 tasteless, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)
Pricing: 6/10 (1-4 cheap, 5-7 average, 8-10 expensive)
Service: 8/10 (1-4 bad, 5-7 average, 8-10 excellent)


  1. how come I don’t see this stall when I go to HSBC??

    NKOTB… It’s right in front of the GENERAL POST OFFICE from noon onwards on weekdays.

  2. J2Kfm says:

    ban chang kuih right? it has various monikers in diff states, I’d say.

    Right J2Kfm… not only different states. Even Penang alone has so many variant such as with egg, kaya, raisins, banana, meat floss, seafood, etc. Those would be in ringgits. 🙂

  3. Selba says:

    Oh… so this one is called Apom Balik… all this time, I was wondering when people said that our Indonesian “Kue Ape” looks like it.

    In Indonesia, we called it as Martabak Manis, we have the giant size and also mini size. As for the toppings, beside sugar, chocolate sprinkle, crushed peanuts, there’s also grated cheese. Yummy….. 🙂

    Hmm… I think I should share with you another stall in Penang at a later date that has many other options you can’t really see or get in Indonesia. 🙂

  4. Yes…. I know this stall. Very popular in that area. lol

    You had noticed that too? His loyal customers surely a lot.

  5. fav snack at teatime! alws add egg! but sighh..can hardly get in KL…

    Hmmm.. I guessed I’m crazier than you.. I love mine with egg, kaya, peanuts and lots of butter. 😛

  6. Duckie says:

    i don’t like the thicker type. not crunchy. i like the normals ones the best .. esp with lots of corn!!

    Oh… me too. Have you tried the multi filling type before at Super Tanker? I hope it’s still good.

  7. PenangTuaPui says:

    beh tong liao… come come..tapao one for me… i mean one dozen… else where got enough… 😛

    Give me your contact and I shall send a dozen of the ban chang koay raw ingredients to you. Make some for us to try instead.. haha

  8. foodbin says:

    Penang-a real food paradise-crusty looking apom balik

    Yea.. You sure can get anything from here.. haha

  9. oh this uncle in front of the main post office. I love the banchangkuih there also but I also love the one at air itam the old uncle with the stall there one. I took his picture last 2 weeks and he discouraged me from publishing them for certain personal reasons.

    Yea.. the one at Air Itam is also good as you can see his endless stream of customers. So is the one opposite the Pulau Tikus police station.

  10. Chin says:

    Aiya misses my favourite tai kow mien in Puchong with lots of sugar, margarine and crushed peanut.

    Whoa… why don’t you just drop by to Puchong to get them steaming hot? I would surely do that when I yearn for something good. 😛

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