Category: Dessert

Kuih Dadar (Kuih Tayap)

Kuih Dadar (Kuih Tayap)

If you watched my episode of House Hunters International: Family Reunion in Penang and wondered about the green thing I was making in the show, it’s Kuih Dadar. Read on… Nyonya kuih—or Nyonya sweet cakes—is a big part of Nyonya cuisine. In fact, Nyonya kuih is iconic, so much so that it outshines savory dishes. Ask anyone around and it’s…

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Pulut Inti

Pulut Inti

Looking at these beautiful pictures of Pulut Inti, a decadent Nyonya kuih, it suddenly dawned to me that I haven’t had pulut inti for the longest time. Pulut inti was my late grandmother’s favorite Nyonya kuih. When I was growing up, there was this Benggali/Punjabi kuih hawker (he would carry his kuih container on top of his turban) who came…

Pandan Chiffon Cake

Pandan Chiffon Cake

When I was a teenager, my sister-in-law taught me how to make chiffon cake. I love chiffon cake of all kinds—pandan, orange, or coffee, but my true love is definitely pandan chiffon cake. Pandan leaf (screwpine leaf) is widely used in Malaysia, and this chiffon cake is infused with the sweet fragrance of fresh pandan juice. If you love Angel…

Sweet Peanut Soup (花生仁汤)

Sweet Peanut Soup (花生仁汤)

This is not exactly a Nyonya recipe but I grew up eating lots of sweet peanut soup. My late parents, especially my late mother had a sweet tooth and she liked desserts and sugar-loaded foods. For supper (the time after dinner, about 10 pm), my family loved having tong sui (糖水), or literally means “sugar water” as our dessert. (Bee…

Tang Yuan (Gluntinous Rice Dumplings/汤圆)

Tang Yuan (Gluntinous Rice Dumplings/汤圆)

Contributor: Ho Siew Loon How time flies and we will be ushering 2010 in about 2 weeks. December has always been my favorite month with so many festivals like Christmas, New Year and Dong Zhi (冬至) festival. Dong Zhi or winter solstice has always been a very important event in the Chinese custom. It is also known as Tang Check by the…

Kek Lapis (Indonesian Layer Cake)

Kek Lapis (Indonesian Layer Cake)

My intern Siew Loon is back with yet another mouthwatering and decadent dessert recipe—Indonesia layer cake or kek lapis. This is not a Nyonya recipe but the exotic taste and inviting aroma of kek lapis is legendary and one of my favorites, and Siew Loon and I wanted to share it with you. Check it out! I can still remember…

Kuih Kosui

Kuih Kosui

I would like to introduce you to a new intern/contributor, my fellow Penangite Ho Siew Loon. Siew Loon is introduced through a mutual friend and is passionate about preserving and sharing the beautiful Nyonya cuisine; she is also a fantastic Nyonya kuih maker and an experienced baker (she makes a mean layer cake!)—an area I am not particularly strong at….

Bubur Cha-Cha

Bubur Cha-Cha

Bubur Cha-Cha is probably one of the more well-known Nyonya desserts, so much so that they are commonly found in Hong Kong/Cantonese-style cafes. Even here in the United States, I can find it on the menu of some Asian cafes as Nanyang Bubur Cha-Cha or 南洋摩摩喳喳. Nanyang means “south of sea,” generally known as Southeast Asia in Chinese…

Bee Koh Moy/Bubur Pulut Hitam (Black Sticky Rice Dessert)

Bee Koh Moy/Bubur Pulut Hitam (Black Sticky Rice Dessert)

Nyonya and Peranakan are known to have sweet tooth; their penchant for everything sweet is most pronounced in their skills in making very delicate, sinfully sweet, and utterly delightful Nyonya kuih—local sweet cakes that are eaten throughout the day—and many decadent desserts. My mother was the biggest sweet tooth in my family. She loved sticky-sweet foods and was notorious in my…