For cendol cheesecake topped with gula Melaka cream, crisp charcoal waffles drizzled with kaya, apam balik as a shaved ice dessert and more, we show you locally-inspired desserts in KL for you to channel your anak Malaysia spirit.
Japanese shaved ice desserts take on a distinctly local flavour with the apam balik interpretation at Taman Paramount’s KAKIGŌRI. This fluffy shaved ice treat is carefully layered with corn purée (fresh corn that’s been cooked and blended) and a mix of toasted nuts and roasted coconut flakes for a balanced apam balik factor throughout the dessert. It’s then topped with a coat of creamy coconut espuma, praline and crushed nuts.
We’re proposing a toast to this. Our regular kopitiam charcoal toast with kaya and butter is reincarnated into the Kaya Butter Waffle at Inside Scoop. Crispy charcoal waffles are drizzled with kaya, and topped with a cube of butter and a scattering of biscuit crumbs. Instead of glasses of kopi peng or teh tarik, pair your waffle with a scoop of their signature Teh Tarik or Kopi Peng ice cream. Or just get both, plus an extra scoop of Musang King ice cream to spike things up a bit.
Casual eatery and tea joint Chocha Foodstore’s only dessert – ulam raja crème brûlée – is a worthwhile addition to the menu. The kitchen team was inspired by local ingredients available at the pasar, and the resulting dessert is made with ulam raja and Thai basil. It may sound weird, but it works – the smooth crème brûlée (with a light bitterness from the ulam) is generously topped with honeycomb chunks for crunch. Shatteringly good.
The waffle gets a kuih update in the form of the onde-onde waffle at Madame Waffle. Complete with pandan extract, a scoop of gula Melaka gelato, slices of fresh jackfruit and the quintessential topping of gula Melaka, this limited edition waffle will only be available until September 19.
We’re no strangers to this one. One of our favourite cakes at Strangers at 47, the cendol cheesecake at this crêpe joint is a good reason to skip the savoury crêpes and go straight to desserts. Made by a home baker, this creation has a topping of gula Melaka cream and generous helpings of cendol and red beans embedded within.