Rojak Pasembor

By Wern Sze Gill

ipoh hawker food reviewThe Rojak Pasembor, or also widely known as the ‘Indian Rojak’, is a popular lunch-time side dish or tea-time treat among Malaysians. It is a local salad dish made up of a mixture of fried dough and prawn fritters, bean curd, boiled potatoes and half a hard boiled egg served with long thin strips of cucumber, sengkuang (yam bean), and in some, bean sprouts.  Some stalls offer cuttlefish as an addition to the dish as well.

The best thing about the Pasembor though, is the thick and tasty reddish-brown, sweet dressing which literally drenches the salad, making it a uniquely South Asian dish. Made from sweet potatoes, crushed peanuts and chillies, the combination is cooked together to perfection, and is what makes the dish stand out from other competitors. If taking out, the sauce is usually packed separately so that the ingredients do not become soggy when you eat it.

Places to try in Ipoh:

Rojak Ipoh Padang @ Kedai Kopi Fatt Kee
No 7, Jln Tun Sambanthan
Opens Mon to Sat, 11am – 6pm

Rojak Greentown
Medan Selera Greentown (opp Greentown mall)
Opens daily, 9am – 7pm, Friday 1-2pm close
Branch: Restoran Rojak Greentown
No 81, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Greentown
Opens daily, 9am – 7pm, Friday 1-2pm close

Rojak Maxwell
Roadside stall @ junction into Cherry Park (Opp. Mahkamah Syariah)
Opens 11.30am – 6pm, daily

Cathay Mee Stall @ Restoran Dan Rumah Tumpangan Beauty Baru
(Opp. Hotel Ritz Garden)
97 Jalan Yang Kalsom
Opens Mon to Sat, Noon – 7.30pm
RM3.80, one whole egg

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