[Pork-free] Kuih-stion: what’s a perfect Malaysian tea time snack?
Recently, a good friend treated us to these delectable kuih-muih from Dinesh of My Asian Kitchen.
It was a perfect snack for the rainy afternoon, with a cup of brewed tea and kopi ‘O’ on the side.
We’ve been eyeing MyAsianKitchen’s treats for the longest time – especially the cute angku kuih shaped into a Maneki-neko (Japanese waving cat) and fishes.
So we were really excited to try these.
Pretty in a box
We also loved the new box that the delectables arrived in – beautiful green exterior with embossed shapes to represent the different kuihs inside, and the dark green in the interior to represent banana leaf.
Box of treats
Here’s what we got:
MyAsianKitchen’s best-selling item, this is the best angku kuih we’ve eaten. The skin was really soft with a generous amount of mung bean fillings that’s not very sweet (aunty-speak for very nice!). We absolutely love the bits of whole mung beans in the paste to provide some texture and bite. This is so good!
2. Yam Cake
The only savoury item in our box, the yam cake was very savoury and delicious with a good amount of yam chunks within. The generous toppings of fried shallots, sesame seeds, spring onion, peanuts, chillies and dried shrimps provided a myriad of texture and taste.
The yam cake was perfectly salty, savoury with hints of sour and sweetness. The accompanying sauce was also cukup manis and pedas. Sedap!
3. Seri Muka
A personal favourite of Max, a good seri muka should have a good balance of sweetness and saltiness, with enough pandan fragrance. This meets the mark with good firmness from both layers.
Delicately layered in the colours of the rainbow, this kuih lapis is definitely the prettiest of the lot. The flavour was light (but not thin) with a good texture that’s not too wobbly or firm.
Tradition to preserve
Overall, we enjoyed these kuih-muih from Dinesh, with the angku and yam cake being the most outstanding items. We definitely appreciate the amount of hard work that goes into these traditional delicacies, so we are elated to see these snacks being featured quite prominently on social media today.
Compared to Western cakes and pastries, traditional kuih-muih has a very short shelf-life (usually within the day), so a lot of sellers tend to give up due to the amount of work (and low appreciation and understanding from consumers).
Kuih-muih are also priced lower compared to cakes (that can fetch up to RM15 per slice), although both demand the same amount of work and ingredients.
So we truly appreciate those like Dinesh who are helping to keep the tradition alive.
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