a bowl full of chopped gummy bears, sweet corn, and beans. Topped with Italian ices.
This is called ice kachang and it's the picture I led with when I began this series. Here's another closeup so you can see the corn and stuff. Maybe it was all the satay and beer I had before it (or the week-long food orgy leading up to this, my final night in Asia), but this wasn't my favorite thing I had. My favorites were in Kuala Lumpur...
At a sweet little restaurant
called Precious, in the Central market, we had chendal, sago melaka and bubor chacha. The whole Malaysian gang I was with were very very excited to see these things on the menu and declared these renditions to be "very very very good." I myself had nothing to compare them to. They looked like nothing I had ever seen and I thought they were OUTSTANDING.
The one at the top of the pic is, I believe, the sago melaka, a divine mound of glutinous rice balls submerged in a sweet coconut broth. Does this even do it justice? Chendal is stranger, also incredible--a mound of shaved ice, with that same coconut liquid, and some brown stuff--brown
sugar? and then topped with these glutinous green stringy things. how do I make this sound appetizing? My food writing skills are failing me. You'd have to eat it to understand.