The best popiah in Melaka!

popiah melaka

I stand here as a witness to the best popiah in Melaka, nay, the world! It’s a gem of a find since most people will dismiss the unassuming stall, but not the locals. This popiah stall at Jalan Bunga Raya has been in operation for since time immemorial and picked up a couple of awards during its reign too – including a seal of endorsement by the good people at Ho Chiak!

popiah bunga raya

There is no signage on the mobile stall but this stall is so popular that it doesn’t need one. It totally eschews the trappings of modern marketing and prefers to maintain its (relative) anonymity. The queue for the sublime popiah kinda gives it away though. Just look for the Popia Bunga Raya sticker hidden in the stall. πŸ™‚

popiah stuff

The popiah in Melaka costs RM 2.50 (small) and RM 3 (big). The sign says it’s open till 9 pm but don’t let that fool you! It’s a trick, I tell you. A TRICK! The owner usually packs up by early afternoon coz all the popiah is sold out! We wanted to eat this on the very first day, but the stall was nowhere to be found. You really need to arrive early (and queue up) for this.

popiah roll

The secret ingredient which makes this popiah so great is the deep fried pork lard. I have always been highly skeptical of claims that there’s one ingredient that makes or breaks a dish, but here I stand corrected. The turnips, another important ingredient in popiah, are fresh and juicy too!

popiah cut

I had mine with chilli sauce and it was just BURSTING in flavor. I approve!

popiah me

Hail to the King (of popiah), baby!

P/S – Excuse my T-shirt. :p

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46 thoughts on “The best popiah in Melaka!”

  1. HB, ahhhh! Tran Fats! But mighty good still. I had mine in Taipei. Now Board of Health is after all food venders in fried foods. Too much tran fats in it and children now soon will have high blood pressures and other health problems. That in Taiwan. They want young people to learn to eat right and healthly now.

  2. Hey HB,
    nice t ^^
    i know you’re not into this stuff anymore, but i though you might be able to give some advice anyhow. i found some (11) 50mg tetrazepam pills in my flat. they where best bevore 2002 though.. think they could still be of any use?

  3. damn you, HB. I was doing ok with my diet, untill I saw that pic. Then nothing would do but some noodles ( ramen) a little chese, and black olives. mmmm, homer says good. snore… tom

  4. plus I like your shirt, and that is a whole different argument round here tonight. guess I will be taking some repose on the couch. ( hey, I thoght it was funny: (No it is NOT). Guess who won? I’ll be on the damn couch tonite. Still, I thought your shirt was ok. funny even. dammit. He said as he adjusted the pillow on the couch. Tom

  5. imantulen: Heh! I love novelty t-shits with witty phrases. πŸ™‚
    thatjames: Hmm…come to think of it, I haven’t had Ipoh style popiah so I don’t have a basis for comparison. But this is pretty good stuff. πŸ™‚
    maggot: The stall is a bit hard to find – it’s just a stall without any signage (for the front). It’s located at Jalan Bunga Raya though. πŸ™‚
    Desmond: Yeah, I love this popiah! πŸ™‚
    Shirley Snow: It’s good stuff…had to wait for a rather long time for it though, but it’s worth it! πŸ™‚
    chefmel: I agree, it’s that elusive umami taste. πŸ™‚
    This shirt is the freelance gynecologist one. πŸ˜‰
    I got it in Melaka.
    goolooloo: I drove down there. It’s not very far from KL/PJ. πŸ™‚
    I recommend you stay at the ship museum! It’s RM 95 per night and you get to stay on a huge wooden ship and there’s a lot of stuff packaged in to boot!
    Vickie: I’m never going to be an ambassador for eating healthy. πŸ˜‰
    lev: I don’t know mate, I suggest you mail them to me to “test”. πŸ˜‰
    Seriously though, yeah, by all means, take them. I would. Pharmaceuticals are still active for a couple of years after the use-by date, the date is a minimum estimate (to avoid lawsuits) so it might be still good to go. It won’t hurt to try anyway.
    I’ve never had tetrazepam – it’s not available here. Enjoy! πŸ™‚
    Tom Robinson: I have a bad habit of eating right before I sleep too. Heh! Night, my friend. πŸ™‚

  6. Fat man popiah heh this one is nice, there’s a really old dewd that sells popiah on Jonker street – his is equally awesome.
    Lagi lard ftw.
    That’s why I love Melaka food so much, EVERYTHING has lard in it.
    And Jonker 88 baba cendol is something that can’t be missed.

  7. KY: Heh! Good policy. πŸ˜‰
    Jade Zheng: Yeah, it’s nice popiah eh? The crispy pork lard adds a lot to the popiah. πŸ™‚
    Eh, another person calling me Bin Bin. :p
    TianChad: Haha! My freelance gynecologist t-shirt. Got it in Melaka. πŸ™‚
    ShaolinTiger: I didn’t manage to eat the cendol in Jonker Street. I’ll check it out next time. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, this guy’s popiah is something else eh?
    Jys: Hmm…family tradition. I like. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks HB. for giving me a laugh, and making me get off my ass and cook. Google hominy, cherokee or welsh breakfast and enjoy. but Thank you sir.

  9. Tom Robinson: True, that. πŸ™‚
    shimmers999: Haha! It was love at first sight. I just HAD to get it when I saw it. πŸ™‚
    cweelee: Awesome popiah, this. πŸ™‚
    headsteadi: It’s really good stuff – worth the drive down if you have satay celup and chicken rice balls while you’re there. πŸ™‚
    Tom Robinson: Sounds good! The next thing I’m interested in doing is a turducken. πŸ™‚
    foodcrazee aka mike: Haha! Very nice philosopy. πŸ˜‰

  10. I love deep fried pork lard with anything! πŸ˜€ By the way, the popiah guy comes back at night! I know because I usually have them at night with the awesome fried oyster in a kopitiam along the same road! Had that before?
    p/s: sorry for the repeated comments. :p

  11. The last photo of you stuffing that huge popiah in your mouth seems a bit hard to swallow (no pun intended!)
    And that shirt.. I’d really want to know where to get one. Heh.

  12. SW: Yeah, it’s very good in popiah! πŸ™‚
    Oh, he comes back at night again? Interesting!
    Thanks for the insider tip! πŸ™‚
    Ryan: Haha! I got it in Melaka…I love slogan t-shirts, especially witty ones so I just had to get it. πŸ™‚

  13. -ck-: Yup, but my latest one in the ear healed in no time. πŸ™‚
    keyleedaud: Yeah, it’s really good and famous in Melaka too! πŸ™‚
    yong: Thanks! I’ll search for it next time! πŸ™‚

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