[Pork-free] Ravi’s claypot apom manis stall has been operating for more than 100 years!
This claypot apom manis stall is located in Swee Kong Coffee Shop on Jalan Burma, Penang.
Apom manis (aka hoppers or appam) is a popular crepe-like dish that originated in south India. We are huge fans of apom (and its varieties such as apom manis and apom balik) – so we were quite excited to try these!
Ravi’s claypot apom manis
We love apom but this is the first time we’ve tried apom manis cooked in a claypot.
Operating inside Swee Kong Coffee Shop since 1922, this stall is founded by Ravi’s father who created this version of sweet apom.
Compared to most apom balik stalls we’ve seen, Ravi’s apom manis is cooked in the traditional way of claypot over charcoal fire (instead of gas stoves).
The cooking process is actually quite fun to watch: Ravi pours two scoops of batter into a claypot before he swirls the hopper in the pot. It is then covered (with another claypot) to allow the apom to cook over hot charcoal in under a minute.
The early bird gets the apom
We arrived at 9.15 am on a Monday morning. We waited for about 15 minutes for our order to be ready. By the time we were done eating, the apom were already sold out!
Hence, we recommend coming early – the stall opens from 6-10 am every day (but is closed on Thursdays).
Super fragrant and pillowy texture
The Apom Manis (RM6 for five pieces) was appetizing the moment they arrive.
Served warm, the apom was so appealing with its beautiful brown exterior and crisp edges.
The apom had a nice soft pillowy texture in the middle (yums!) and we loved the strong santan flavour!
It was so good that we immediately demolished eight pieces in a sitting (we tried to keep two for later lol).
While waiting, we also enjoyed a cup of coffee here. It was sweet and strong!
The Hokkien Mee stall was also highly recommended here but it was unfortunately sold out when we were here.
We really enjoyed the apom manis here! While the claypot cooking method is super exciting – the apom were actually stellar! The hoppers were very fragrant with a nice soft pillowy centre, and lovely browned edges.
Check out the Instagram Reel below:
Ravi’s Claypot Apom Manis 瑞江茶室 @ Swee Kong Coffee Shop
Address: 319, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 6am-10pm Daily (Closed on Thursdays)
Phone: 012-470 7039
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