Vietnamese Square Sticky Rice Cake (Banh Chung)

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Malaysian desserts are so tasty, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Although Asian cuisine is popular worldwide, Malaysian food often gets overlooked. That’s a shame because it’s really quite good.

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Malaysian recipes encompass an exciting variety of sweet treats, including everything from cakes and cookies khổng lồ shaved ice & sweet soups.

In response khổng lồ Malaysia’s hot, humid climate, many of the desserts are cool và light.

They often include tropical fruits, nuts, & even veggies. Pandan và tapioca are also common ingredients.

Whether you enjoy icy treats or indulgent cakes, this danh sách of Malaysian desserts has something on it you should enjoy.


1. Malaysian Shaved Ice Dessert/Ice Kacang/ABC

Shaved ice is a popular summertime snack in America, but you’ve probably never had it prepared the way Malaysians do.

It’s sometimes topped with sweet corn, red beans, nuts, and more.

This is a favorite dish of Malaysian street vendors, & with just a few ingredients & 20 minutes, you can enjoy it from home.


2. Almond London Cookies

This recipe takes less than an hour khổng lồ complete.

It yields 70 of these delicious, bite-sized chocolate & almond cookies, which seem lượt thích individually wrapped chocolate bars.

Each bite is full of nutty, chocolatey goodness, & it’s tough to lớn stop eating them once you start.


3. Cashew Nut Cookies

These tasty, party-perfect cookies are similar khổng lồ shortbread cookies, but they’re made with roasted cashews for a nuttier, earthier flavor.

You’ll vị trí cao nhất each one with a cashew & buttery egg wash for extra flavor and a pretty appearance.


4. Peanut Puffs

These peanut puffs look lượt thích miniature táo bị cắn dở pies that have been deep-fried to golden-brown perfection.

They’re sweet & crispy, và they’re traditionally served every year at Chinese New Year celebrations.

If you love peanuts, these are an absolute must-try dessert. I’ll be honest; I’m a huge peanut fan, and of all the peanut desserts I’ve tried, these are probably my favorite.


5. Onde Onde (Pandan and Coconut Dessert)

Underneath the coconut, these xinh đẹp little coconut balls are blue và yellow thanks to blue pea flowers và natural pandan.

Not only are they lovely, but they’re also seriously sweet, soft, và slightly chewy. Every bite is bursting with coconut flavor.


6. Pandan Coconut Ice Cream

Pandan is another ingredient that’s frequently found in Malaysian desserts. If you’ve never had it, you’re in for a treat.

It adds a natural splash of color to your dishes và smells unbelievably good.

Use it in your homemade ice cream lớn make it more flavorful và aromatic than ever.


7. Bubur Cha-Cha

I love all the bright colors found in Malaysian dishes, and bubur cha-cha is one of the loveliest, most colorful desserts there is.

It features tapioca & coconut milk for plenty of sweetness, & the colors come from yellow, orange, and purple sweet potatoes, yams, và black-eyed peas.

It doesn’t get much more beautiful or tastier than this.


8. Kue Lapis (Layered Coconut Milk Dessert)

This colorful, layered dish has a springy texture that lends itself nicely to peeling it off và enjoying it layer by layer.

That’s assuming you have the self-control not khổng lồ eat it all at once, of course!

Even after refrigeration, it remains bouncy và light.


9. Kue Koci Gula Kelapa (Glutinous Rice Cake with Coconut Filling)

Okay, these look a little odd, I’ll admit. However, I urge you to lớn overlook that & give them a try because they’re intoxicatingly good.

They’re glutinous rice cakes with a coconut cream filling that’s gooey & delightful. Wrap the whole thing in banana leaves for presentation.

Serve them with coconut sauce for added sweetness.


10. Kuih Bingka Ubi Kayu (Baked Tapioca and Coconut Milk Cake)

You’ll make these soft, fluffy cakes from tapioca & coconut milk. They’re gluten-free và delightfully moist.

They’re similar in taste lớn pound cake, but they’re spongier and slightly sweeter.

Traditionally, they’re served with tea, but I lượt thích to serve mine with sliced strawberries và a dash of powdered sugar.

Oh, and thanks khổng lồ the pandan, they smell amazing.


11. Kuih Kodok (Malaysian Fried Mashed Banana Fritters)

These deep-fried bananas take only đôi mươi minutes khổng lồ make. They have delightfully crispy outsides và soft, warm middles that taste lượt thích pure, sweet bananas.

I serve mine with chocolate sauce on the side for extra yumminess.


12. Kuih Dadar (Crepes with Pandan & Coconut

These Malaysian crepes smell as wonderful as they taste, thanks lớn the authentic pandan flavoring, which also gives them their unique green color.

They’re full of grated coconut and cooked in palm sugar. Best of all, they only take about đôi mươi minutes lớn prep và cook.


13. Kuih Sagu

Whether you choose to wrap them in banana leaves or not, these bouncy, not-too-sweet, naturally gluten-free desserts are another traditional Malaysian favorite.

The proper name for this dessert is Malaysian nyonya kuih abok abok sago, but since that’s a bit of a mouthful, most people just call it kuih sagu.

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They smell (and taste) great, have a fun, springy consistency, and take less than an hour lớn make.


14. Gula Melaka (Sago Pudding with Coconut Milk)

If you’re looking for a dessert option that’s easy to lớn make, try this sago-based pudding. You’ll showroom the sago khổng lồ boiling water until it becomes translucent.

Afterward, you’ll địa chỉ it to lớn a mold và refrigerate overnight.

The next day, mix and boil your palm sugar (or molasses) and water. Pour this syrup over your chilled pudding for a tasty, easy dessert.


15. Pulut Tai Tai (Blue Glutinous Rice Cake with Coconut Milk)

Even if this cake tasted awful, & it certainly doesn’t, I would’ve added it lớn this danh mục because it’s so gorgeous!

I can’t believe there’s a naturally occurring ingredient on Earth that’s this màu sắc of blue.

The cake is firm, chewy, sweet, & moist. More importantly, it’s blue!!!!!


16. Pulut Inti (Glutinous Rice and Coconut Dessert)

This is another of those “as pretty as it is tasty” desserts.

I feel like I’m saying that a lot with these recipes, but it’s hard not lớn because Malaysian desserts are some of the world’s most attractive treats.

This one is intensely sweet and pretty decadent, so you may want lớn save it for special occasions.

It’s made with blue pea flowers, glutinous rice, coconut milk, brown sugar, pandan, coconut, & more. It has a lot going on.


17. Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

Most people don’t think of soup as a dessert, but that’s because they haven’t had this soup.

It’s made with đen dates, sweet potatoes, ginger roots, dried longan, and rock sugar.

It may not look like a traditional dessert, but it certainly tastes like one.


18. Banana Cake

This banana cake is light, fluffy, moist, và positively bursting with banana flavor.

It takes a little over an hour to make, although about 50 minutes of that is baking time.

You can vị trí cao nhất it with chocolate frosting or sprinkles, berries, more slices of bananas, or powdered sugar.

You can also add nuts to add a slightly different flavor combination khổng lồ this already delectable cake.


19. Bubur thân phụ Cha (Malaysian Coconut Milk Dessert)

This versatile dessert is gluten-free & vegan-friendly, and it’s so nutritious, you could even serve it as a relatively healthy breakfast option.

You’ll make it with taro root, trắng sweet potatoes, pandan, coconut milk, tapioca, palm sugar, & a few other things that are pretty good for you.

It’s an excellent way to enjoy an almost guiltless dessert.


20. Tau Foo Fah (Soy Bean Pudding)

Requiring only six ingredients & 15 minutes of your time, this soybean pudding is silky smooth and has the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite.

You can serve it warm or chilled.


21. Pineapple Jam Tarts/Cookies

These pineapple jam tarts are another dessert often served at Chinese New Year celebrations. They take about an hour lớn prepare, but they’re well worth the time và effort.

The cookies are buttery & flaky, almost lượt thích sweet crescent rolls, và the pineapple jam balls on top are super sweet with a bit of a tropical tang.

This is certainly a recipe you’ll want khổng lồ double because these tarts get devoured quickly.


22. Sweet Potato Balls

These perfectly golden, almost perfectly round sweet potato balls are made from glutinous & white rice flour, sugar, baking powder, và sweet potatoes.

Steam và mash the potatoes, then địa chỉ your other ingredients.

Once you’ve made the mixture & formed it into balls, drop them in vegetable oil và fry them for about 3 minutes.


23. Coffee Bun

Although it’s called a Mexican coffee bun, this thick, fluffy, buttery bun is hugely popular in Asia và Malaysia.

The secret to lớn its deliciousness is in the topping, which you’ll make from butter, sugar, eggs, flour, coffee, và coffee liquor.

It gives it a unique, rich taste that’s really unlike any other dessert I’ve ever had.


24. Kuih Bahulu (Malaysian Egg Cake)

If you’re a fan hâm mộ of Chinese restaurants, you may have had Malaysian egg cake at some point.

However, as is true with most things, the ones you make at home taste so much better.

You’ll only need the most basic ingredients – eggs, flour, butter, baking soda, sugar, & vanilla extract.

You can make enough cakes for four people in only 25 minutes.

They’re light, spongy, và not too sweet at all. I like to showroom powdered sugar & just a drop or two of maple syrup on mine before serving.


25. Kuih Seri Muka (Coconut Milk, Rice, and Pandan Dessert)

For our final tasty treat, I thought I’d over on another colorful note. This dessert takes about 90 minutes to lớn make, and it has two distinct layers.

The bottom is a rice layer that tastes mildly of coconut, and the đứng đầu is a pandan custard layer, which is sweeter và softer than the bottom layer. It’s also green, which is fun.

The two layers complement each other perfectly, leaving you with a sticky, salty, yet still sweet dessert that’s perfect any time of year.



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