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Taro/Yam Paste (Or Nee) Puff

Be it “can” (pronounced the American way), or “can’t” (pronounced the British/French way), I am heading to Cannes in south of France tomorrow. I know, I am really a lucky one.

Other than Cannes, I will also check out Nice, St. Tropez, and Monaco (Monte Carlo). I am getting myself a nice little rental car to explore around. Nice, very nice!

I will probably be MIA–but hey, do check back on Rasa Malaysia as I might well surprise you with a post or two from the French Riviera.

For now, I wanted to share this very exceptional dessert with you, Or Nee (Taro/Yam Paste) Puffs which are practically to die for. Don’t believe me, ask Robyn and Dave at Eating Asia for their objective opinions…

Taro/Yam Paste (Or Nee) Puff

If you are in Penang, or will be going to Penang, do yourself a favor. Go dine at my favorite Chinese (Teochew) restaurant in Georgetown called Goh Huat Seng (I have previously raved about it here and here) and ask for these after you savor their oysters and steamboat. Not many patrons know about these Taro/Yam Paste Or Nee puffs, but considered the secret revealed.

Too far from Penang? Don’t fret, you can make these at home by combining two of my recipes into one:

  1. Recipe: Taro Dessert (Or Nee / 芋泥)
  2. Recipe: Curry Puff

(Without the curry puff filling, that is.)

Happy eating and stay tuned for my complete food reports and travel photography from south of France.

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    Have a safe and nice voyage to Cannes. Enjoy your moment there!
    We are departing today to Nice too as mentioned to you. Then, I will be 2000 metres above Mediterranean sea level. :)
    A bientot!

  2. mycookinghut

    By the way, Goh Huat Seng is one of my dad’s favourites! We used to go there a lot for lunch. I can confirm that it’s good.
    The homemade version of ‘Or Nee’ from my friend’s grandmom is so good! Not to mention all other authentic Teochew dishes that she make! Absolutely delicious!

  3. Kate / Kajal

    Hey this looks so much like a delicacy my mom makes , only diff is that its savoury and made from fresh green peas. I’m definately going to make those and share them with you soon. U’ll be shocked with the similarity in appearance. But i’m sure the taro ones taste lovely as well. They do look very tempting.

    Have a gr8 time in Cannes , n bring back lots of pictures to share with us.

  4. team bsg

    wa since when have you become the quintessential travelling globetrotter ?
    ! great then you can shoot some brandy winery pixs and those snails for the RS site, dun forgit too those french kisses , chips , caps and etc
    LOL !

  5. Claude-Olivier

    Pourtant ce n’est pas très compliqué à prononcer, Cannes, rien de plus facile ^^! What? oups, should I switch to english ? I was just saying that is it not so difficult to say Cannes ;-) but don’t ask me to say Hello in Chinese or thai ;-) biz

  6. Tammy

    Wow! Have a great time! Just wanted to let you know I am a HUGE fan of your blog. I found you randomly through another site one day… and your photography is just amazing! Not only that… you dishes sound and look scrumptous. Please check out my blog as well… especially if you plan on heading to Boston any time soon!

  7. Brilynn

    I love taro! It’s my favourite bubble tea flavour, although that’s one of the few things I’ve seen it used in here.

  8. Nic (KHKL)

    i like or nee for the rich texture and flavour. topped with ginkgo nuts, it’s fantastic…have a great time in the land of ooh-la-la! :)

  9. Anonymous

    Follow your site regularly. U’ll LOVE Nice and Monaco. Food(esp. crepes, which is street food there) and wine are amazing! I found Monaco very expensive and did most of my shopping in Nice. U must go sample the food in Vieux Nice and load up on the herbs provence and olive oil. I am sooo jealous!!

  10. wenching & esiong

    Have a nice trip to France! I wish I could visit the country too! :)

    Anyway, the yam paste puff looks delicious!

  11. Rasa Malaysia

    Hi all –

    Thanks for your sweet comments! I have arrived in Cannes, now in my hotel room, all in one piece. I did have a little “adventures” with my rental car…I didn’t know how to shift my gear to R (Reserve) and had to ask someone to teach me in the middle of the road. Other than being honked a few times…so far so good. LOL.

  12. christine

    I’m so jealous!! But so excited for you! :) They say when French men in the south honk at you, that means they think you’re hot. ;) Have fun!

  13. Marvin

    Rasa, I am so jealous of you! I love Nice! When you are there, I highly recommend you check out the restaurant La Merenda. It’s very small, and kind of hidden, but they have excellent food there!

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