Anyone who lives in the tropics will be familiar with these traditional, local desserts – shaved ice. They can be known by various names and locally, depending on what goes in, it could be “ais kacang” or “cendol”.
I had this treat last week on an incredibly hot day and it was the perfect treat! This one is a stripped down version of “ais kacang” which is boiled red beans covered with shaved ice and drizzled with palm sugar (gula melaka). It can get bigger, if you add bits of jelly and more miscellaneous treats. Sometimes, they add colourful syrup for flavour. Its like a treasure chest in there!
What do you call these where you are?
On another day, I had “cendol” which is those green strips you see. Its made from glutinous rice flour and coloured green and flavoured with pandan leaves.
Shaved ice covers this dessert and is drizzled liberally with palm sugar and coconut milk. I had this in Melaka and it was pretty good. Sometimes, they add some boiled red beans too.
There are numerous variations of these desserts but these are the 2 most common versions we find locally. Every town will have their own famous stalls and versions of these and finding a good one is always cause for a delicious treat. I know that many countries have variations of these too, and are known by different names in different countries.
Do you have a famous shaved ice dessert or stall to recommend where you live? I’d love to try them all!
Scrumptious Saturday : One day in a week where I dish out random scrumptiousness from my other love – food! Where possible I will link to the full reviews of the eating places featured on my food blog – HaveYouEaten.net