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Top 5 Chinese Malaysian Desserts

No meal or celebration is complete without desserts. It is one of the most awaited course of every meal.

Chinese Malaysians being the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia, have have some traditional and delicate desserts to offer. Right from cakes, puddings and dumplings, the they have something for every sweet tooth.

Here are the top 5 Chinese Malaysian desserts you cannot miss when in Malaysia

Tau Fu Fa

Tau Fu Fa - Chinese Malaysian Desserts

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Tau Fu Fa or Soy Bean Custard is one of the lightest and delicious desserts. It is made using simple ingredients such as soy milk, edible gypsum powder and cold water. The gypsum powder not just helps to thicken the milk but also gives the dessert it’s silky smooth texture.

The custard can be served either cold or hot. Tau Fu Fa is usually accompanied with sugar syrup. One can also add freshly ground ginger to the syrup for a twist of flavor.

Ngau Si Dui

Ngau Si Dui - Chinese Malaysian desserts

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Ngau Si Dui in Chinese literally means cow dung pile. But this dessert definitely does not look like that. It gets the name due to the light brown meringue, however, the younger generations call it the UFO tarts.

These tart shells are filled with vanilla custard and topped with meringues and enjoyed as a dessert by kids and adults alike.

Pineapple Tart



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Also known as nastar, pineapple tarts  are small, bite-size pastries filled with pineapple jam found in Malaysia and in many parts of South East Asia.

It is made using butter and egg yolk, mixed with sugar and spices like cinnamon, star anise and cloves. It is a known as festive cookie and usually consumed during Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali in Malaysia although it is available throughout the year in most bakeries.  It is known as Neenish Tart in Australia.


Tangyuan- Chinese Malaysian dessert

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Tangyun in english refers to black sesame dumplings. It is a dessert cooked to celebrate special holidays such as winter solstice.

The sweet is round is shape and according to chinese beliefs, round food represents completeness.

The soft glutinous rice batter outside and the sweet sesame filling inside, all soaked in sugar syrup adds sweetness to relationships family get togethers.

Leng Chee kang

Leng Chee kang - Chinese Malaysian desserts

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Leng Chee kang, a traditional Chinese dessert is a drink consisting of lotus seeds, dried persimmons, malva nuts, lily buds and longans as the main ingredients. Many other pre cooked ingredients along with rock sugar are boiled in water to make the drink. It can be served cold by adding ice cubes.

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