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Best Asian Dessert: Ice Kachang or Ais Kacang!

Updated on July 13, 2011

The Asian cuisine is known for being very different to the Western cuisine. In this article I'll share an Asian dessert called Ice Kachang or Ais Kacang that appeals to both east and west! This dessert is sweet, cold and colorful. It is also easy to make, if you can find the ingredients, so it is a great choice for your Asian-themed party or any visitors that you wish to treat well!

This dessert is mostly served in Malaysia and Singapore and many tourists love it. It is very sweet and I have heard that the older generation does not really like it but the youngsters certainly do. I don't think it's too sweet and you should certainly try it. The dish is made sweet by the syrup that is used so you can always use a bit less syrup if it is too sweet.

Ok, let's see how we can make ice kachang or ais kacang!

Strawberry flavored Ice Kachang!
Strawberry flavored Ice Kachang! | Source
Colorful Ice Kachang
Colorful Ice Kachang | Source

How to Make Ice Kachang or Ais Kacang

What are the ingredients of Ice Kachang or Ais Kacang?

At the very least, you will need shaved ice and syrup. There are many variations of this dessert so you can prepare it as you wish, as long as you have the shaved ice with syrup. The dessert consists of a base with several ingredients with a large piece of shaved ice on top.

Underneath the ice you can include various ingredients, such as red beans which is the traditional ingredient to prepare Ice Kachang. Nowadays there are many variations with as fruit flavored syrup or ice cream: you can easily adapt the dish to your occasion!

Other ingredients for the base can be grass jelly, agar-agar, sweet corn, palm seed and cendol. You can include these underneath the shaved ice. Another ingredient that you can use is milk, such as coconut milk, evaporated or condensed milk. You can pour this over the shaved ice to add to the flavor of the dessert.

How do I create shaved ice?

You can purchase an ice shaving machine that will turn a slab of ice into shaved ice. Alternatively you can shave the ice yourself using a cutting or shaving utensil, such as a suitable cheese slicer. This is more laborious and harder to shave the ice to small enough pieces. You can also try the blender to make the ice small enough and this should resemble shaved ice from an ice shaving machine.

How to prepare Ice Kachang or Ais Kacang?

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add the ingedients such as red beans or jelly into the bowl.
  • Pour a liquid into the bowl, such as coconut water - this will make the base of the dessert.
  • Place a large piece of shaved ice on top of the bowl.
  • Pour milk and colored syrup over the shaved ice.

The shaved ice and the colorful syrup make it a cheaper dessert than the same amount of ice cream but it is still tastes like ice cream: rich in flavor and cold! If you don't wish to deviate too much from the Asian cuisine then you should really include things like red beans and grass jelly. If you have Western guests then you can adapt the base to their taste. The shaved ice and syrup should certainly be part of the dish as it is hard to go wrong with that.

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    • May PL profile image

      May PL 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have tried it before and it definitely is very sweet but nice and cooling on a hot day. I have not attempted making the dessert but with your hub info, I am contemplating giving it a go. Great hub.

    • simeonvisser profile image

      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      Yes, it tastes very well in hot weather!

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Great tip. Shaved ice is a real winner with my kids - especially with the heatwave we are having! Thanks Simonvisser.