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5 delicious Malaysian coconut desserts

Malaysia is famous for the variety of cuisines and dishes it offers. No matter how savoury the dishes are, the craving for a dessert is endless. Since Malaysia uses coconut as a popular ingredient in most of its dishes, it is also commonly used in making exquisite coconut desserts that are a popular find in Malaysia.

Here are our top 5 recommendations of delicious Malaysian coconut desserts:

Kuih Lapis:

kuih lapis - coconut desserts

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Made with desiccated coconut and condensed milk with a hint of vanilla essence, this dessert is sure to melt in your mouth soon as you pop it in. There are different versions of this dessert varying across regions. The Malaysian version is more starchy compared to the Indonesian version which is made of eggs.

Bubur Cha Cha:

bubur chacha - coconut desserts

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The name may sound strange but the dessert is sure to leave you craving for more. Burbur Cha Cha is made with sweet potato, sago and aromatic pandan leaves cooked in coconut milk. It is also eaten on the 15th day of Chinese New Year.

Kuih Ketayap

kuih ketayap - malaysian coconut desserts

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A colourful dessert stuffed with palm sugar and coconut flakes in a green rolled up pancake. The pancakes are made with egg and flour while the green colour is from the pandan leaves. It is normally found in most of the street food stalls in Malaysia.



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One of the most popular desserts in Malaysia and Singapore, Cendol is made from coconut milk, noodles from rice flour, pandan leaves and palm sugar. Additional toppings include red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly and creamed corn. It is a perfect dessert for those warm and sunny days.

Kuih Bangkit

kuih bangkit coconut desserts

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Commonly known as tapioca cookies is one of the most popular cookies eaten during Chinese New year in Malaysia. It is made with tapioca flour that is lightly toasted with pandan leaves and mixed with coconut milk, egg and sugar until it forms a pliable dough. It is them baked and decorated with coloured embellishments. It is one of the delicious and easiest desserts to make.

Some of the other famous Malaysian coconut desserts include Buah Melaka or Onde-Onde(made from sweet potato or glutinous rice flour), Putu Piring( steamed rice cakes rolled in coconut flakes), Kuih Sagu (made of pearl sago and sugar )and sago pudding.

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