Frothed by hand, and cooled just a tad to optimum drinking temperature, are hallmarks of the Malaysian milk tea called teh tarik (Tay ta-Reek; $4, comped for me). Literally this is "pulled tea," brewed to order and then poured repeatedly from container to container. The wider the "pulls," the greater the showmanship and the frothier the tea.
Previously: In Malaysia, the sweet pancake called apam balik is a beloved hawker-stall snack. Some vendors prepare a crispy version, others, a spongy sort; fillings might include the likes of corn, red beans, and coconut or simply sugared crushed peanuts. At a night-market pop-up, the Penang-born proprietor prepared her pancakes in a spongy, peanutty style (below). Alas, now that the enterprise has been transformed into an actual kopitiam, or "coffee shop," apam balik is absent from the trim opening-day menu, but several equally intriguing sweets have taken its place. And who knows — when the menu is expanded, as planned, in October, perhaps the peanutty pancakes will return.
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