If you have no idea what desserts are commonly found in Malaysia, you have no clue what you’re missing out on. A lot of the desserts found here are actually quite similar to desserts in the Phillippines, so if you’re already familiar with halo-halo, you’ll have to check out ais kacang, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some fantastic Malaysian treats you absolutely must sample.
As mentioned, ais kacang is similar to halo-halo since it’s a delicious cold dessert to enjoy especially on a hot and humid day. Ais kacang means “bean ice,” and it is often just called ABC. The original dessert is made of shaved ice and red beans but nowadays a lot of varieties can be found, including roasted peanuts, cendol, sweet corn, grass jelly, and palm seed. Coconut milk, condensed milk, or evaporated milk is often drizzled on top, as well as another yummy syrup. You can also find this dessert in Singapore and Brunei, where it is called ice kachang.
If you’re wondering what cendol is, it too is a refreshing cold dessert that uses shaved ice. However, it consists of 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 Inodnesian dessert that is a pudding or porridge that consists of pulut hitam, black glutinous rice. It is also made of coconut milk, pandan leaves, and palm sugar. It can be enjoyed anytime during the day despite the fact that it’s a dessert.
Roti canai and roti prata is a Malaysian flatbread that has its roots in India and can be found throughout Southeast Asia. Roti tisu is the dessert variation, and it is made to be thinner and therefore crispier than the savory version. It is frequently served with additions like sugar, condensed milk, coconut jam called kaya, and sometimes also 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 are reminiscent of turon, a Filipino dessert that’s wrapped in lumpia instead of being dipped in batter. Pisang goreng are often served with cinnamon, sugar, condensed milk, or ice cream.