Rojak is a mixed cut fruits served together with a mixture of chili sauce and shrimp paste. Rojak is a very common dessert in South East Asia especially in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Most of the ingredients in a rojak are the same. The only difference is the way how the rojak is presented and the proportion of the sauce mixture.
Chiam Chiam Rojak is one of the unique styles of rojak in Penang. Instead of the serving the fruits in a plate, the fruits were held together in a skewer and arranged in order. The selection of fruits is up to the customers.
One of the Chiam Chiam Rojak stalls that I love to visit is the one at the Jalan Pantai, Butterworth. Although this Chiam Chiam Rojak stall is located near to the highway, it takes some observation to spot this stall. If you are driving via Butterworth Outer Ring Road from Chai Leng Park to Bagan, turn left when you see NBCT. Make a U-turn and keep left, turn in to left to the first junction when you see a small road on your left. At the T junction turn left again and there are a few stalls on your left where Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Seberang Prai Utara is on your right. There is a row of stalls here and some are imitation. For good one, please look out for the lady as the trade mark of the stall. Chiam Chiam Aunty has been selling chiam chiam for more than 25 years. Chiam Chiam Aunty had previously moved from other place to this location.
- Each stick of Chiam Chiam in any varieties – RM0.40
- Drinks (S) – RM0.40; (B) – RM0.60
- Packing Box – RM0.80
- Package drinks – RM1.00
- Mineral water – RM1.00.
The choices of Chiam Chiam range from different vegetables to fresh fruits. However, the list of fresh fruits varies from day to day. This is because each day the availability of fresh fruits is not certain in the wet market.
One of my favourite fruits – the water guava, very juicy and sweet.
Besides the fresh fruits and vegetables, deep fried you tiao, quail eggs, fried fish balls and bean curd were available too.
The rojak sauce also came with the option of spicy or non-spicy. For those that love hot and spicy, you are most welcome to test out the spicy version. Else the non-spicy version will be choice for the non-spicy lovers and kids.
Mouth started watering even by just looking at this photo.
Overall, the sauce of the rojak was so satisfying compared to some others which were diluted and not so tasty. The fruits chosen were fresh while the price was also reasonable. The only drawback is this place is located under the tree. The hygiene of this place was not up to standard and there were many flies flying around. Call first before visiting this stall as Chiam Chiam Aunty might go for vacation for 2 or 3 weeks.
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Operation hours: 12:noon – 9:00pm (Close on Tuesday and Thursday)
Address: Road site of Jalan Pantai 59200, Penang.
GPS: 5° 40′ 72.07″ N, 100° 36′ 78.43″ E