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Air – Sumana, Business Developer, Sri panwa
“I like to eat Arpong dessert – no not only like, but fall for. Arpong may look like a common snack, but if you taste it just once I’m confident that you will love it. Its nice smell, crispiness outside and tenderness inside and its mildly sweet taste create its uniqueness. It is totally yummy! I don’t know how many times I have eaten Arpong since my first try. But I can tell it’s often. For those who have never tasted it, I would strongly recommend it. You will love it.”
Arpong is one of Phuket’s famous local desserts. It is actually not an original dish from Phuket but Malaysian’s ‘Kanom Bueng’. It came with our ancestors since many Penang-Malaysians moved to Phuket a long time ago.
How to make Arpong? Easily, just mix rice, flour, yolk, coconut milk, sugar, drinking water and yeast together. Then, whisk the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. The mixture will be watery. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Use a ladle. Pour the mixture onto the middle of the heated pan. Hold the handles of the pan, remove it from the heat and swirl the pan. And you will get a golden-yellow pancake with soft inside but crispy outside – Arpong.
From our experience, we would like to recommend ‘Mae Sunee’s Arpong’. It is just a dessert cart located in Soi Soon-Uthit, Yaowarat Road, but it has operated for more than 30 years. Phuket people know how well Mae Sunee’s inheritors use the secret recipe and keep the legend alive.