Saturday, 7 April 2007

Singapore - Newton Circus - Popiah 薄饼

Newton Circus - Popiah
Originally uploaded by seraphim1970.

Popiah (Simplified Chinese: 薄饼; pinyin: bóbǐng or Chinese: 薄皮卷; pinyin: bópíjuǎn) is a Hokkien-style fresh spring roll common in Singapore and Malaysia. Popiah is often eaten in Fujian on Qingming Festival.

A popiah "skin" is a thin pancake made from wheat flour which is covered with a sweet chili pepper sauce before it is filled. The filling is mainly finely grated jicama that has been cooked with a combination of other ingredients such as bean sprouts, French beans, lettuce leaves, grated carrots, dried prawns, Chinese sausage, seaweed and shredded omelette. As a fresh spring roll, the popiah skin itself is not fried.

In Singapore and Malaysia there are "popiah parties," where the ingredients are laid out and guests make their own popiah with proportions of ingredients to their own personal liking.

Similar foods in other cuisines include Lumpiang Sariwa (Filipino), spring rolls (Chinese) and bò bía (Vietnamese) and fajitas (Tex-Mex).