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Must-eat in Straits – Fried Carrot Cake

Travelling through the narrow, mystic alleys of the countries of Southeast Asia, embracing their colourful traditions and enjoying the sights and sounds can make you weary by the time the sun disappears behind a blanket of evening skies.

What better way to welcome dusk than sink into a small stool by a roadside food vendor and dig into a plate of carrot cake?

In the streets of Singapore, you will find that there is not any dearth of street food. These little treats come in all shapes and sizes. They could be traditional drinks that are famous in Southeast Asia, or just little snacks that you could pop into your mouth as you look through the photographs which remind you of the wonderful experience that your day undoubtedly was.

Fried Carrot Cake

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Fried Carrot Cake, commonly known in Southeast Asia as Chai Tao Kway, is a plateful of surprises. While it sounds like dessert, it is actually a savoury snack. Consisting of cubes of radish cake that are deep-fried, carrot cake is delicious to the last crumb.

It is made with finely diced, aromatic garlic, eggs, radish, and other seasonings and spices. You will also find that the familiar Asian flavours of fish sauce and soya sauce jump out from the depths of this fine dish. Another delightfully zesty flavour you get with this dish is that of fresh spring onions that top the dish.

With so many exotic and authentic flavours tickling to taste buds, you can’t resist this must-eat in Straits – Fried Carrot Cake.

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