Ais kacang

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Ais kacang
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Ais Kacang topped with basil seeds, peanuts, corn, and a scoop of ice cream.[1]
Course Dessert
Place of origin Malaysia
Region or state Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
Created by Malay[2]
Main ingredients Shaved ice, red beans[3]
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Ice kacang (Malay pronunciation: [aɪs ˈkatʃaŋ]), literally meaning "bean ice", also commonly known as ABC (acronym for Air Batu Campur [air ˈbatu tʃamˈpʊr], meaning "mixed ice"), is a Malaysian dessert which is also common in Singapore (where it is called ice kachang) and Brunei.[1][4]

Traditionally, an ice shaving machine is used to churn out the shaved ice used in the dessert, originally hand cranked but now more often motorised. Many Southeast Asian coffee shops, hawker centres, and food courts offer this dessert.


Ice kacang was originally made of only shaved ice and red beans,[3] though the number and diversity of ingredients has since expanded.[5] Today, ais kacang generally comes in bright colours, and with different fruit cocktails and dressings.

In Malaysia, almost all variants now contain a large serving of attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly and cubes of agar agar as common ingredients. Other less-common ingredients include aloe vera, cendol, nata de coco, or ice cream. A final topping of evaporated milk, condensed milk, or coconut milk is drizzled over the mountain of ice along with red rose syrup and sarsi syrup.[6] Some stalls have even introduced novelty toppings such as durian,[7] chocolate syrup and ice cream. There are also versions that shun the multi-coloured syrup and are served with just a drizzling of palm sugar syrup instead.

See also


  1. ^ a b Sidney Mintz (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. pp. 637–. ISBN 978-0-19-931339-6. 
  2. ^ Chris Rowthorn; Muhammad Cohen; China Williams (2008). Borneo. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. pp. 329–. ISBN 978-1-74059-105-8. 
     • Mat Oakley; Joshua Samuel Brown (2009). Singapore. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. pp. 204–. ISBN 978-1-74104-664-9. 
     • Georgeta Raţă (3 January 2013). The English of Tourism. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 168–. ISBN 978-1-4438-4486-4. 
  3. ^ a b Mat Oakley (2008). Singapore. Con cartina. Lonely Planet. pp. 60–. ISBN 978-1-74104-884-1. 
  4. ^ Yeoh, En-lai (9 March 2012). "Down by the Boardwalk in Singapore". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Festa, Jessica (16 January 2012). "Exploring the street food in Singapore". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Simon Richmond (2007). Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-1-74059-708-1. 
  7. ^ Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. Lonely Planet Publications. 2007. 

External links

  • Asiacuisine: Ice kacang
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