By now you would have probably heard about all the good foods multicultural Malaysia has to offer, but how about stocking up some knowledge on the after-meal goodies? With a dizzying array of local and international treats keeping the whole place “eye candy” worthy, Culture Trip is here to help you find the best desserts in town.
Ice Cream Parlour, Malaysian, Contemporary, $$$
This steadily growing chain of ice creameries has earned the franchise status in its own right. Serving up a fun selection of both familiar and local tastes, don’t expect to just settle for the run-of-the-mill flavors when classically Malaysian picks such as durian and yam are available. Also a must-try are their house waffles and cones, all made from scratch in their kitchens and worth every penny. They’re constantly experimenting with bringing in local treats to compliment their existing selections, so keep an eye out for their testing menu!
Ah Keong's Ais Kacang Stall
Food Truck, Malaysian, Street Food, $$$
As far as traditional goes, this little roadside stall has been operating faithfully for the past 10 years selling simple but wholesome bowls of ais kacang, a local delicacy of shaved ice adorned with syrups, gula melaka (palm sugar syrup), peanuts; and in some variants, corn, red beans, palm fruit, grass jelly and ice cream. Cendol is also available, a variant involving coconut milk, green sago jelly and more gula melaka. Be prepared to wait in line for at least 20 minutes as this local favorite is flocked to often to combat the heat, and as par roadside charm, doesn’t offer many seating places. A trademark of this husband-and-wife run stall is the use of fresh santan (coconut milk), not the factory pre-packed produce. The sweetness of the dessert is customizable, just note how much syrup you would like.
The Owls Cafe
Cafe, Tea , Contemporary, none
This quaint cafe is a worthwhile stop point for those who go looking. Unfortunately, no real life owls are available for petting like that cafe in Japan,but nevertheless, enjoy some relaxing time among the cutest owl paraphernalia you’ve ever seen. This cosy little area is further enjoyed with its treats of scrumptious waffles which patrons claim to be their best items, cakes, macaroons and coffee. Should their venue be too crowded with other waffle enthusiasts, seek out their sister location, New Chapter for even more tasty treats.
Wild Sheep Chase
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Possibly the only cafe that has the delicate and elegant soufflé as its house specialty, Wild Sheep Chase is the hidden gem of artisan cafes to seek out. The menu is also inspired by Taiwanese milk tea variants, so expect a simple yet tasty afternoon sampling their delights. Not leaving out their own local roots, try out the gula melaka (dark palm sugar) infused waffles too. The carefully curated minimalist yet trendy settings with beautifully decorated foods are extremely pleasing to the eye, so fire up your social media accounts with snaps! Only warning – some items are only baked upon ordering, so be sure to have a hearty meal before dropping by this place.
Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion, $$$
Truly one for the old souls, the dreamers, and the hands-on tinkerers, this cafe doubles up as a workshop art space, encouraging visitors to fully appreciate the inner designs of life. Their winning feature is all the more brilliant as their food menu consists of locally-sourced treats from budding entrepreneurs and bakers, catering a one-of-a-kind palette to your taste buds while you enhance your artistic palettes. Be sure to try out their range of tarts, all which have a spin on local flavors.
Limapulo: Baba can Cook
Restaurant, Fusion, Halal, Asian, Malaysian, $$$
Experience the full monty of Malaysian cuisine at Limapulo, one of the few restaurants to remain serving 100% authentic Nyonya Peranakan food. And, as any true local would know, desserts of the Nyonya kind are the ones missing out on would be a cultural travesty. Honoring recipes handed down from the Baba Nyonya mothers, these meticulously crafted meals are limited to certain days to ensure that each dish that reaches the table is perfect. Nothing compliments the spicy rich santan curries better than with a cold gula melaka treat afterwards.
Old China Cafe
Restaurant, Chinese, Malaysian, $$$
While it takes true authentic skill to serve good Nyonya food, sometimes the wait can take a little too long. Perhaps spending your time in a time warped museum-like restaurant will help in distracting your cravings with curiosity. Drop by Old China Cafe, one of the longest lasting Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for a real 1920s Malaysian experience and watch how life used to be back in the black and white era over a cup of tea or some local dishes. The sago gula melaka treat is a must-have; and the gula melaka is served separately, meaning you can add as little or as much as you like as you dig in.