Ais Kacang

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My blog falls under culinary travel so I plan to write about the foods that I am familiar with from growing up in multicultural Malaysia.

I am Chinese and was adopted by an Indian family so my food experience is the epitome of the culinary diversity in Malaysia.  I hope you enjoy reading and discovering some new foods on this journey.

Let’s discuss Ais Kacang.  It is shaved ice which is traditionally served with sweet red beans, sweet corn, different colored jelly, topped either with condensed or evaporated milk and a liberal drizzling of colored sugar syrup.

It is THE quintessential Malaysian dessert and if you’ve ever been to Malaysia or the tropics, you will know why this cold and refreshing dessert is so popular.

Ais Kacang is a bowl of icy, melt in your mouth goodness especially appreciated when you’re sweating buckets and in Malaysia, this can be due to humidity or the spicy foods!

The good news is that you don’t have to travel all the way to Malaysia to try this wonderful bowl of deliciousness.  Malaysian restaurants are increasingly becoming popular around the world and this is a must try.

Remember:  you’re no Malaysian restaurant if you don’t have this on your menu!  So hurry and check out Yelp or Urbanspoon or whatever restaurant search engine you use and run; don’t walk, to try this tasty dish.  Why yes, you’re very welcome!  Life is short, eat dessert first!

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16 comments to Ais Kacang

  • Sammy D  says:

    WOW my granddaughter and I would love to try that tasty treat. Great first post – I’m a newbie blogger, too, and we’re all nervous about the A to Z Challenge. I am using this opportunity to find bloggers who live in foreign (from me) lands writing about things (culinary) I don’t. You are the perfect find :-) I will see you tomorrow for another slice of Malaysian life.

    • Lila  says:

      Thank You for stopping by. I am always happy when someone discovers new foods they would like to try. I guess I am accomplishing my goal to a small extent-one person at a time. Good luck with the challenge! :)

      • Sammy D  says:

        It might seem like one person at a time, but you might be surprised at how quickly your little place in the world can become a haven or place of interest for others. Nothing is out of reach if you know what you want and are willing to work for it. See you tomorrow!

        • Lila  says:

          Thank You! It is comments like yours that always remind me to write boldly and fearlessly. Carpe diem!

  • Mr.McLovin  says:

    I’m writing about food for the blog challenge too! That looks tasty, I can’t wait to see what other foreign foods you cover this month! :-)


    • Admin  says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your article on artichokes. Good luck with the challenge. Happy Writing.

  • SirZac  says:

    This sounds amazingly delicious! Must try.

    • Lila  says:

      Thanks for stopping by. It is so nice to be a part of the supportive blogging community. Good luck with the A-Z challenge and I am enjoying the discovery of these great new blogs. Happy Writing!

  • Anna Stewart  says:

    I’ll admit I’m a little leery of the idea of red bean associated with a sweet treat…probably because I don’t think of red beans as sweet. Is it a particular kind of red bean? Please forgive my ignorance…I am curious about it and the pictures of this dish look wonderful! I’d love to try this! :-)

    • Lila  says:

      I know red bean sounds weird but it is a different kind of red bean, specifically Azuki bean which is commonly used in Asian cuisine. The Azuki bean paste is used as a filling for a lot of Asian pastries. If there is an Asian grocery store or market by you, you should stop by and see if they have any red bean pastries or buns. Try one and I think you will like it if you like sweets! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the A-Z challenge. :)

  • BuzzingBee  says:

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Given that summer is imminent here in India, chilled desserts are the flavour of the season. This looks like a must-try recipe.

    • Lila  says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I am from an Indian background and have visited India numerous times. I so enjoy discovering all these new blogs from the writing challenge. Happy Writing and do try making this if you can. Shaved ice is so refreshing in the summer heat. :)

  • Corinne  says:

    I did try this! It was a strawberry themed one, but it still sported the red beans. What a great way to start your A-Z food posts…with dessert!

    • Lila  says:

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am learning lots from this challenge and the support from other bloggers have been fantastic. :)

  • Sharon  says:

    I love ais kacang! Thankfully we live close to an awesome Malaysian restaurant, so we often have one. I find it bizarre that it taste any good with such ecliptic ingredients, but we love it!

    • Lila  says:

      Thank You for stopping by-you’re one of my favorite bloggers and I love your website. Your posts are always written well, informative and fun. Keep up the good work! Glad you all love Ais Kacang too. :)

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