Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Winson Burger, Jalan Tong Shin

Just across from Ching Hai Restaurant (where one can find lovely noodles), you'll find this tiny motorbike stall selling burgers. It's along the same pavement as Ngau Kee's Beef Noodles stall, that would give you another better indication where this stall is. Not selling the typical beef/chicken burgers that one usually gets, Winson's burger are ones with meat floss and dried meat a.k.a Bakkwa.

I have been eating from this stall since I was a kid (this same stall seemed a lot bigger to my smaller frame back then, hahaha...) and Winson didn't really age that much when I saw him a couple of months back. Well, it has been more than 25 years!
Stall 1
I was happy to see him and the stall during lunch hour that day when I was in the area. See how tiny the work area is, all perched on the back seat of his bike!
Stall 2
RM1.80/USD0.50 for a regular and RM2.20/USD0.60 for one with extra meat floss/bakkwa
Charcoal Toast
And why do I love this burger? Cos the bun (after being smeared with some margarine) is toasted over a tiny hot bed of charcoals!
Preparing
Then he puts the bakkwa on one side and the meat floss on the other, add slices of cucumber and squirt some chilli sauce onto it! And whallah, you'll have one very tasty snack!
Yummy stuff
And why do I really, really, like Winson's Burgers? It's just because of the way everything goes and taste so well together but most of all, there's this smoky flavour from the bun itself due to the charcoal grill. Best eaten warm! Yum!

There are not many stalls like this around nowadays. Seeing Winson brings me back to my childhood days where life was a lot simpler and a lot more peaceful. Such comfort food this burger is!


“Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort.”
- Norman Kolpas



41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'd like to replicate the recipe. What kind of hot sauce did he use? Thank you.

Precious Pea said...

They used to have this at the SS2 morning wet market years ago, now no more. I like this very much...err...pls tar bau for me if you happened to see Winson again. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i remember back in the early days, there use to be a guy selling the same thing at the cheras pasar pagi, n i still remember he was my karate teacher!

daphne said...

wah.that's a good idea leh.. bakwwa one side and pork floss another side.. hmm.. now have to hunt down some decent bakkwa,

Kenny Mah said...

The look of the charred bun over the charcoals in the third photo was enough for me to have to run out after this and grab me some bread... so goooooood. *slurps*

Pure heaven! Now this is the real Malaysian ingenuity we're talking about, hehe.

Big Boys Oven said...

true, well true.... our most comfort food when we were wee young! my childhood goodies! another one is ice cream burger!

MeiyeN said...

oh my.. i love this kind of chinese burger! i remember i used to bring them to school when i was still a kid! and this one that you posted, oh looks so good! yum yum..

Jason said...

Wah...! When can go and visit him?? Is he there on weekend??

kat said...

Now this is a true-blue msian-chinese burger!! Who would have thought bak kwa, bak hoo, cucumber and chili sauce on a toasted bun would taste so great! A stall that sells this at the market in BCH does roaring business, there's always a long queue!

Somehow when I try to replicate it at home, it never tastes as nice. Must be the margarine and charcoal fumes!! :D

kat said...

Wah... what kind of music you have on?? So the 80s!! :D

kat said...

Solly to spam you-ah, but it was great hearing, "Shout, shout, let it all out! These are things I can do without, Come on, I'm talking to you, Come on.." !!

Anonymous said...

My craving for bak kua drove me to make my own bak kua three days ago. Edible though not as good as the one sold.
The roti bak kua Iused to buy to eat in cinemas in Pg are those soft thin slices with gravy and no cucumber.

Su-Lin said...

Love this very Malaysian "burger". Gosh, I wish I could get one for lunch.

BTW, your photos are terrific!

Judy said...

I want! I can see it is so simple yet so nice! :)

teckiee said...

hmm i have to keep an eye out for this next time

sc said...

looks delish! then again, i get drawn to anything bakwa! hehe

wmw said...

Anonymous : Oh, it was just plain ol' chilli sauce! You're going try it using charcoal? Cos I think that's what makes a difference!

Precious P : Yah, sad to know not many of such stall around. There's one at Damansara Kin but not using charcoal, a hot pan over gas.

joe : You didn't pay your karate instructor enough??? :o)

daphne : Don't forget to fire up the grill if you can. ;o)

kenny mah: Wah, my pic so powerful ah??? Hahaha....

bbo :Ice cream burger was such a long time ago...but I remember eating it from a ice cream seller outside PWTC, near the multi storey car park when I went to the PC fair there.

meiyen : Yah, those were the days! So happy having such food :o)

MamaBoK said...

Wow..!! i am absolutely hungry for it..! i haven't had bak kwa for so long.. :(

c said...

i used to follow my grandma to a market in penang, in pulau tikus i think? and she used to get one of those meat floss and dried meat things for me, except it was on a slice of untoasted white bread. it was soft and deliciously savoury. i don't know if they're still around. haven't been back in ages!

wonda said...

wmw,
That's strange. Anonymous no. 2 was me I did sign in but I don't know how come I turned anonymous. Anyway, the roti bak kua I mentioned was a strip of meat (like bacon) sandwiched in between a small bun (like butter roll).

yammylicious said...

he make it so traditional way!! chinese burger rox XD

wmw said...

Jason : Not sure about weekends though...

kat : Definitely the charcoal fumes that makes the difference. Oh, you know I'm such an 80s music fan...There are 10 extended mix tracks loaded, if you listen to them all, you'll have about 10 hours of 80s dance music! Woo Hoo!

Anonymous : Hmmm...what sort of gravy is that?

su-lin : Thanks for the compliment. Can you do this yourself? Or no resources?

judy : I think you can try this out on your own but if can't, you can get it here when you're back. Hee hee...put it on the list too!

teckiee : Uh huh, you should if you are ever in that area!

sc : Me too! Hahaha....

Cokeworld Citizen said...

Wooo kinda same with the penang bakwa roti...lolz...difference is the steam bread with reheated (on charcoal stove) bakwa and meat floss : )

KL version is equally as interesting.Is the bakwa reheated? Taste much better if reheat on the hot bed of charcoal.

Kenny Mah said...

Yes, your picture is! And I always make the mistake of browsing food blogs when I'm hungrily waiting for my dinnermates to arrive... *growls*

wmw said...

mamabok : Not even from Chinatown there?

c: Yeah, it just tastes so good!

wonda : A butter roll? You mean have the size of this one?

yammylicious : Yes, something to be treasured :o)

cokeworld citizen : Yes, he reheats the slice of meat. Good stuff!

kenny mah : Hahaha...it's it great how the eyes work???!!!!

celine from http://celine.takopc.com said...

Ooo....Chinese style burger. I love those bakwa roti. Missing old school days when we used to queue up to buy the bakwa and bak hu roti with friends...

Jackson said...

this uncle will be outside Pudu Pasar every weekends morning. I love it so much...

Paprika said...

Reading you post made me sad. Its true, all the stalls I used to frequent as a child has slowly faded away one by one. Sniff. Sigh, I'm just a sentimental fool.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

This was one of my favourite childhood snacks. There was this guy who used to sell this outside the cinema somewhere in Penang, and dad always bought one for me when he took us to the movies.

Rasa Malaysia said...

ZOMG, this is the thing that was always outside of cinemas...must eat before watching a show.

wmw said...

Celine : Thanks for dropping by...yes, this post brings out feeling of nostalgia.

jackson : Ok, thanks for the info. Jason, you reading this?

Paprika : Yes, I'm sad too! but happy when I see him and his stall....

Lyrical L : Sigh..."those were the days..." So nice!

RM : Hahaha...you too? Yeah, weren't those days so nice?

~Christine~Leng said...

oh my! I'm salivating! haha.. I love having this bun as breakfast with the addition of an egg!! Very delicious! oh.. those chicken floss and dried meat! I frequent this at one of the stall in Sri Petaling.

Tummythoz said...

One of the many snacks parents used to shut me up in cinemas with. Yummy!

Kenny said...

yes, 1 of my flavourite breakfast~~
its only cost RM1.90 near my plc, wif both dried and fross meat

Ethan said...

Eh, the one outside my house pales in comparison to this.

Tapau for me next time :D

Nic (KHKL) said...

ahhh..those good old school days...i always request for more tomato and chili sauce! taste good with the cucumber and chicken floss...thanks for the nostalgic review!

Jason said...

Yup, got it. ;)

wmw said...

christine :The one is Sri Petaling, is it also done the old fashion way?

tummythoz : You know what? This Chinese burger will probably still "shut me up" even now!LOL

kenny : Looks like this is a favourite of many :o)

Ethan : By the time tapau and bring over, no longer warm adi....

nic : You're most welcome! Yeah, the combination of all those ingredients makes is so good!

jason : So, I guess you'll be there at the Pasar Pudu on weekends? hahah...Ask Jackson to take you there.

teckiee said...

So many other nice pic here.. how come TheStar use the most plain pic for their Sunday Metro article ah?

Precious Pea said...

I share the same sentiment as teckiee. I was shock to see they took the plain toasted bread instead of the one with the bakwa meat.

wmw said...

teckiee & Precious P : Maybe the bun on the charcoal grill gets the point acroos what's this snack all about???