Desserts/ Jelly Bad Food/ Singapore

Ais kacang experience

February 19, 2012

This is one of the wildest dishes I have ever heard of and I have to say I absolutely loathed it and couldn’t force myself to really try all the different parts of it.  Jon did a little better managing to get through a few spoonfulls.

No offence to Malaysians but my western pallette just couldnt quite hack it.

My photo doesnt do this dessert justice as most of the ingredients are hidden underneath the ice.  So here we go:

  • Shaved ice
  • Red beans
  • Sweet Corn
  • Something that looks like seeds (Palm?)
  • Black jelly cubes
  • Cendol (looks like green gummy worms, made of coconut)

All of that is mixed together and then….the following are pored over the concotion:

  • Evaporated milk,
  • Coconut milk
  • Red rose syrup
  • Sarsi syrup
  • Some other syrip

The reason we ended up with this at our table was because the kindly waitress saw us struggling at the dessert bar and she decided to help us thus putting this together.  I was sure the her mates dared her to do this to see if we would actually eat it, I mean it really it could be pretty funny watching foreigners eating a made up national dish!

On  the other hand what if I was wrong?  What if it really was a proper Asian dessert and I was offending the kindly waitress’ traditional roots?  As she stood nearby to see our reaction to Ice Kacang, I felt worse as I tried to force down another spoonfull….

Back in the room, my conspiracy theory burst as I googled this special dessert and realised that it was in fact for real… and my faith in the goodness Singaporeans was restored though my faith in Asian desserts faltered a bit.

Apparently, the Ice Kacang is a popular dessert commonly sold by street vendors in Malaysia.


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