Popiah Party? Here’s How!
A true ode to delicious home cooked food, traditional popiah is a favourite at potlucks and family get-togethers. Today we have a traditional hokkien popiah recipe for you, with each ingredient lovingly prepared – from the delicious turnip filling, to the fresh vegetable, and strips of fried omelette. It’s a labour of love for sure, but so worth it when you sink your teeth into a juicy, freshly made popiah!


  1 large turnips, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  1 large carrots, peeled
  ¼ Beijing cabbage, halved
  2 leeks, cleaned
  1 bamboo shoots, green portion only
  125 g french bean
  ¼ yellow onions, minced
  10 garlic cloves, minced
  3 young ginger, minced
  3 shallots, minced
  2 Beancurds
  1 tbsp tbsp dried shrimps
  Sea salt
  Chinese cooking wine
  Light Soy Sauce
  Sesame oil
  750 ml pork stock
  150 g pork belly
  70 g spare ribs
  375 ml prawn stock
  125 g prawn
  1 egg omelette, cut into thin strips
  1 head of local lettuce, leaves picked and cleaned
  50 g bean sprouts, blanched in boiling water
  80 g small prawns, poached in brined water and halved
  Sweet Dark Sauce
  Sweet roasted ground peanuts
  Minced garlic
  Garlic chilli sauce
  Coriander leaves


Day 1:Start of preparation

Prepare the turnip, carrots and beancurd.


Shred the turnip and carrot, place them in the large stock pot and cover it. Store it in the fridge overnight to allow the water from the vegetables to evaporate.


Place the beancurds between tea towel, set them in the fridge to dry out overnight too.

Day 2 : Prepare the filling

Prepare pork stock -
Boil 1.5l of water in a pot. Use a ladle and scoop the hot water, blanch and drained the pork about 3 times to remove any impurities.


Add 1 tsp of salt and pork into the pot and poached for 20 mins.


Prepare the ingredients using food processor -
Shred bamboo shoots and leek. Scrape clean, set aside.


Shred Beijing cabbage. Scrape clean and set aside.


Shred French beans.


Cook the vegetables -
CARROT & TURNIP - Remove the carrot and turnip from the refrigerator. In a heated pan with 1 tbsp oil, add in 1 tsp garlic. Stir-fry carrot and turnip with ¼ tsp of salt. Set aside in stock pot.


BAMBOO SHOOTS & LEEK - In the same wok, add in 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp garlic, minced onions, shallots and ginger and stir-fry until the fragrances releases. Add in leek, bamboo shoots and ¼ tsp of salt. Mix well and set aside in the stock pot.


CABBAGE - In the same wok, add in 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp garlic, dried shrimps. Stir-fry till the fragrances releases. Add in cabbage, ½ tbsp sesame oil and ½ tbsp Shaoxing wine. Mix well and set aside in the stock pot.


FRENCH BEAN - In the same wok, heat 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp garlic, stir-fry until the fragrances releases. Add in french bean and ¼ tsp salt. Mix well and set aside in the stock pot.


Wash, slice and fry the pork belly -
20 mins later, remove pork belly from stock. Wash it under running water. Sliced thinly into 5cm x 0.5cm strips.

In the same wok, add in 1 tsp of oil and garlic. Stir-fry the pork till it’s fragrant. Set aside in the stock pot.


Simmer the ingredients in stock pot -
Add in 750ml into the stock pot and simmer it for 1 hr. Stir occasionally to prevent the ingredients from getting burn.


Pan-fry the Beancurd -
Coat the Beancurd with cornflour.


In a heated pan with oil, pan fry all sides of the Beancurd till it’s slightly golden brown. Place it on a kitchen towel and drain the oil. Heat up the pan again, fry the Beancurd for the 2nd time to increase its crispiness. Remove from pan, let cool on the kitchen towel.


Slice it thinly, set aside.


Add the Beancurd into the stock pot and simmer again -
One hour later, add the sliced beancurd into the stock pot, mix well. Let it simmer for another 30 mins.

Remove from heat, let cool and store it in the refrigerator

Day 3: Final preparation and ready to serve

Cook the prawn stock -
In a frying pan with hot oil, pan fry 125g prawns on high heat for 7 mins.


In a pot with 450ml of simmering water, add in prawn. Let it simmer for 45 mins.


Last simmering of the filling -
Pour 40ml of prawn stock into the popiah filling, simmer for 1 hr. Stir occasionally to prevent it from getting burnt.


Assemble the popiah -
2 layers of popiah skin, lettuce leaves, popiah ingredients, prawn, omelette, groundnuts, bean sprouts, coriander, chilli, garlic and sweet sauce.


Wrap & Enjoy!