The Apom Sellers of Pulau Tikus

loading Kanchana Devi cooking the light yet flavourful apom.

As the perfect side to the morning’s breakfast or as accompaniment to one’s afternoon tea, the apom is a light, healthy and inexpensive snack. For the past 25 years, Sai Ravindran and his wife, Kanchana Devi, have been selling apom on the street corner just adjacent to New Cathay, the famous breakfast joint in Pulau Tikus. He was previously running the same business at a nearby location. “My family has been selling apom since 1974, beginning with my father, who was a hospital chef before that,” says Ravindran. “It was through him that I was exposed to the art of making apom ...

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