If you have no idea what desserts are commonly available in Malaysia, you have no idea what you’re missing. Many of the desserts available here are actually similar to the desserts in the Philippines, so if you’re already familiar with Halo-Halo, you need to check out Ice Kakang, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some fantastic Malaysian dishes that you must sample.
As mentioned, Ice Kakang is similar to Holo-Halo in that it is a delicious cold dessert to enjoy especially on hot and humid days. Ice Kakang means “bean ice” and is often called just ABC. The original dessert is made with shaved ice and red beans, but nowadays there are many variations, including roasted peanuts, cendol, sweet corn, grass jelly and palm seeds. Coconut milk, condensed milk, or evaporated milk is often drizzled on top, as well as another tasty syrup. You can also find this dessert in Singapore and Brunei, where it is called ice kachang.
If you are wondering what cendal is, it is also a refreshing cold dessert that uses shaved ice. However, it contains coconut milk, gula melaka (which is palm sugar syrup), and green rice flour jelly noodles, which give this dessert its name. You can also find cendol in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Bubur Pulut Hitam
Bubur Pulut Hitam is a Malaysian and Indonesian dessert consisting of a pudding or porridge consisting of Pulut Hitam, black glutinous rice. It is also made with coconut milk, pandan leaves and palm sugar. Although it is a dessert, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Roti Canai and Roti Prata are a Malaysian flatbread that has its roots in India and is found throughout Southeast Asia. Roti Tisu is the dessert variation, and is made to be thinner and therefore crispier than the savory version. It is often served with added sugar, condensed milk, coconut jam called kaya and sometimes ice cream.
Pisang Goreng is a delicious dessert of deep-fried banana fritters. The fritters are actually made of plantains that are covered in a batter and deep fried and reminiscent of turon, a Filipino dessert that is wrapped in lumpia instead of being dipped in batter. Pisang Goreng is often served with cinnamon, sugar, condensed milk or ice cream.