Potong Pasir pancake stall a hit with both politicians and residents

The peanut pancake stall located in a corner coffeeshop at Block 136, Potong Pasir Ave 3.
The peanut pancake stall located in a corner coffeeshop at Block 136, Potong Pasir Ave 3. ST PHOTO: LEE MIN KOK
The peanut pancake stall located in a corner coffeeshop at Block 136, Potong Pasir Ave 3.
The peanut pancake stall located in a corner coffeeshop at Block 136, Potong Pasir Ave 3. ST PHOTO: LEE MIN KOK
The exterior of the coffeeshop.
The exterior of the coffeeshop. ST PHOTO: LEE MIN KOK

SINGAPORE - A humble stall selling mee chiang kueh (peanut pancake) in a corner coffeeshop at Potong Pasir was in the spotlight when the People's Action Party MP Sitoh Yih Pin mentioned it on Monday (Aug 17).

Mr Sitoh, who will defend his Potong Pasir Single Member Constituency (SMC) in the coming election, had spoken about his respect for veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong.

"Because of my relationship with him I am aware he likes the peanut pancake here (in Potong Pasir). The last time he came, I bought peanut pancake and we shared it," said the 51-year-old, who lost the election to Mr Chiam twice before winning against his wife, Lina Chiam, in 2011.

Mr Chiam, the Singapore People's Party chief, held the ward for an unprecedented six terms since winning it in 1984.

 

When The Straits Times visited the stall at Block 136, Potong Pasir Ave 3 on Tuesday morning, a short queue of customers were waiting patiently in line for the pancakes.

It has been manned by Madam Ong Siew for the past nine years. The 56-year-old recalls fondly the times when Mr Chiam would pop by to say hello and order his favourite peanut pancake.

The stall also sells the thick, doughy snack in four other flavours - coconut, red bean, cheese and chocolate.

"When he was still the MP, he would drop by often as his office was nearby," said Mdm Ong, 56, in Mandarin. "But after his stroke (in 2008), we've seen less of him."

"Now, it is Mr Sitoh who comes down. He usually buys quite a lot of pancakes for his staff."

Mdm Ong's employers also own two other famous peanut pancake stalls located in Lorong Ah Soo and Toa Payoh.

Property agent Raj, who has been a Potong Pasir resident for almost 30 years, says he visits the coffeeshop daily and eats the peanut pancake once a week.

"The peanut filling is very fragrant," he said.

The 50-year-old also said he has met Mr Chiam on several occasions. "He was very nice, and would make the effort to greet everyone when he came," he said.