Affordable and delicious
Dessert is a course enjoyed by most people regardless of age, race or gender. Us Malaysians are known for our food, but seldom do you hear people raving about our desserts. Here’s 10 Malaysian Desserts that everyone should try in their lifetime.
1. Ais Kacang at Fei Zai Long Ais Kacang
Commonly made of a mound of shaved ice, topped with Condensed Milk, Rose Syrup and Sarsi Syrup and sprinkled with generous portions of Sweet Corn, Red Bean, Grass Jelly, and Attap Chee (palm nuts). Reviewed by several food bloggers and expressed by many as “the best Ais Kacang in Malaysia” the Ais Kacang at a stalled called Fei Zai Long at Jalan Kepong Baru. Portions are large with generous dose of toppings, including several pieces of Lychee fruit and all for RM 3 per bowl.
Fei Zai Long Ice Kacang 肥仔龙什雪档
Address: Jalan Kepong Baru, Kuala Lumpur, Kepong, Malaysia 52100
Opening hours: Daily 2pm to 12am
2. Cendol @ Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol and Rojak
Relive a splendid remake of a traditional dessert that’s close to our hearts – the venerable Cendol from Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol Dan Rojak. Located amidst the many stalls at Pudu Market sits the shabby looking stall with a long snaking queue (though the actual wait time is only 10-15 minutes). This peculiar Indian man that speaks Cantonese like a native has perfected his craft of making one of the best Cendols in the whole of Malaysia.
Not only will you be treated to a generous serving of ingredients, the well-balanced combo of Gula Melaka syrup and oh-so-irresistible coconut milk mixes well with the soft azuki beans and slurpy cendol strands. Not forgetting that the ice is still shaved manually to bring the traditional taste and texture to life. Being sweet without overwhelming, it’s savoury enough to tempt you for round 2!
Sulaiman’s Famous Cendol Dan Rojak
Address: In front of Restoran M.S.S. Maju, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Pudu, Malaysia 55100
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 5pm
3. Bubur Cha-cha @ Hong Kee Tongsui
Bubur Cha – cha is a Nyonya dessert consisting of cubes of mainly yam and sweet potatoes cooked in a coconut milk base. Though it is common to find this Nyonya dessert throughout KL, many places lack the authenticity. Hong Kee Tongsui at Seksyen 17 though, is one of the few places that manages to do it right. Being in business for many decades, the stall owners have managed to perfect their recipe and have attracted a loyal following of customers over the years. Located in the wet market area of the Seksyen 17 market, at the Seksyen 17 food street, the stall opens its doors from 6pm till late at night. They also serve many other dishes and different types of hot and cold Tong Sui.
Hong Kee Dessert Stall 洪记糖水
Address: Hong Kee, Jalan 17/27, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 46400
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 10pm
4. Tau Fu Fah @ Seputeh Pasar Malam
One of the more traditional desserts, Tau Fu Fah. This particular stall in the Seputih Pasar Malam is especially popular amongst market goers because of the variety of flavors that are available, such as, pandan, sweet corn and lychee, alongside the traditional Tau Fu Fah. The consistency is silky and smooth, served with a generous serving of sugar syrup.
Tau Fu Fah @ Seputeh Pasar Malam
Address: Jalan Hujan Rahmat, Kuala Lumpur, Seputeh, Malaysia 58200
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 7.30pm
5. Sago Gula Melaka @ Old China Café
Being well known for their traditional old Malaya style cuisine, Old China Café has been around for many years and is fairly popular amongst those who live around the area. Located in Chinatown, in the heart of KL, tucked away in a corner is this gem of a café. Though the prices may be a little steep, the Sago Gula Melaka here is worth it. The texture is springy but not too chewy, as many places tend to overcook the sago. The Gula Melaka syrup is done well and you can even as the waiter for extra syrup if you wish!
Old China Café
Address: 11 Jalan Balai Polis, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily 11am to late
6. Durian Puffs @ Lee Lee’s Sumptuous Desserts
Durian is a favorite amongst many Malaysians. Many bakeries that sell durian puffs usually sell them in the form of flaky pastries. However, for a pleasant twist, chow on the durian puffs at Lee Lee’s Sumptuous Desserts in Mid Valley Megamall. They’re made encased in a thin skin and filled with fluffy whipped cream and durian flesh. Get a box of 6 for only RM 10!
Lee Lee’s Sumptuous Desserts
Address: LG-K13B ,Lower Ground Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Seputeh, Malaysia 59200
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
7. Kuih Muih @ Tasty Kuih Nyonya
A Malaysian classic! Kuih has been around for decades and is a popular choice be in a teatime snack or as a dessert. The women at Tasty Kuih Nyonya all the way in Southern Park, Klang sure know a thing or two about making them as they have been in business for decades and beloved by the residents of the area.
Tasty Kuih Nyonya
Address: No. 80, Jalan Rengas, Southern Park, 41200 Klang, Selangor.
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 6pm
8. The Gorpis @ Kota Damansara
Goreng Pisang Cheese has gained immense popularity over the past year or so, which is exactly what The Gorpis, located in an open carpark, nearby The Strand Mall, specializes in. Lightly batter and deep fried to a golden crisp, then generously sprinkled with cheese is what attracts patrons of this stall. The cheese gives the sweet crispy banana fritters a rich and cheesy flavor without being too overwhelming. There are different flavor combinations such as cheese and strawberry or cheese and white chocolate. All for RM 7 for 8 pieces! They usually sell out before 5pm, so be sure to come early to get your share! They also have other branches located in Bangsar and Setiawangsa.
The Gorpis @ Kota Damansara
Address: Persiaran Mahogani, Petaling Jaya, Kota Damansara, Malaysia 47800
Opening hours: Daily 12.30pm to 5.30pm (or until they sell out)
9. Lin Chee Kang @ Soon Kee Lin Chee Kang Sejuk Dan Panas
Situated off Jalan Pudu, amongst a row of stalls sits Soon Kee Lin Chee Kang Sejuk Dan Panas. The stall serves many different types of lin chee kang or cheng tng. Customers can choose from a wide variety from the menu, including some of their own creations and also between hot and cold dishes.
Soon Kee Lin Chee Kang Sejuk Dan Panas
Address: Pudu Jalan Sayur (Wai Sek Kai), Off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 55100
Opening hours: Always open
10. Om Shakti Chelo’s Appam
Love your crepes? Then time to delve deeper into how crepe became a phenomenon – say hello to crepe’s grandfather, the apam! It’s essentially a pancake made with a batter of fermented rice and coconut milk. However, unlike its Western counterparts, the apam has crispy edges and a soft, molten centre that melts in your mouth.
Om Shakti Chelo’s Appam in Western KL is often frequented by apam lovers simply because of its trademark Gula Melaka Apam. Not only is the batter formulated with magic, even the aromatic palm sugar will take you to food heaven. What’s left really, is for you to try it for yourself!
Om Shakti Chelo’s Appam
Address: Lorong Ara Kiri 3, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 59100
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 10.45pm
Be it hot or cold, sweet or sour, there’s always a dessert for everyone in Malaysia. Do feel free to share with us your favourite dessert haunts in KL in the comments section below!