Kuih Malaysia: I remember peeling my favourite pink Kuih Lapis Ros that my late grandmother bought from the roadside every time she got back home from buying groceries. It is actually a Peranakan’s kueh and is also known as Kuih Lapis Nyonya. My favourite Kuih Lapis Nyonya is so sweet and quite sticky.
I have tried making it once but obviously it won’t taste the same as the ones you bought from aunties that sell kuih at the roadside. They usually use their family recipes that have been used from generation to generation.
Oh! I miss going back to my village and eating all those Malaysian traditional kuih. It brings me back to my childhood and I love the feelings. Now that I live far away from my hometown, let me list down the places where you can find the most delicious traditional kuih in Malaysia.
Vadai Stall SS15, Subang Jaya
You see, Malaysia is a country with various races, cultures and religions, so it is actually easy for you to find foods and kuih from different races. Vadai is a traditional Indian snack that is commonly found in stalls in South India. In Malaysia, this is one of the well-known Indian snacks along with murukku that are always enjoyed by every Malaysian despite the races and religions. It is spicy with hints of curry taste.
There are two types of vadai which are Masala Vadai and Ulunthu Vadai. One is round, flat and is crunchy and the other one is shaped like a mini doughnut and softer. I personally like the Ulunthu Vadai and eat them with coconut chutney and some cili padi to add more spiciness to it.
Location: Vadai Stall, Jalan SS15/3B, Subang Jaya.
Business hours: 11am – 7pm
Kueh Café, Shah Alam
If you miss your hometown and want to eat traditional kuih Malaysia, Kueh Café is the right place that you can go. This scrumptious kuih muih place is located in Shah Alam and you can easily find the café by using maps. The café will satisfy all of your kuih needs, since they offer a large selection of kuih muih to pick from.
You name it. Apam, Kuih Koci, Kuih Cina Sarawak, Akok, and more than 40 varieties of Malaysia kuih than you can find here at this café. If you are coming in a group, you can always order their kuih platter that has more than 20 types of kuih that you can share.
Location: No 6 Jalan Renang 13/26 Seksyen 13, Tadisma Business Park, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Business hours: 9am – 8pm
Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Haji Jalil, Malacca
Everyone knows Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Haji Jalil. People would travel all the way from Perak to Malacca just for this kuih keria. Kuih keria is a tapioca doughnut that is covered with a glaze of melted sugar. It is so sweet, so if you don’t have a sweet tooth, bear in mind to bring along plain water.
Since this is the nation’s favourite kuih keria, you will have to wait in a very long line to be able to buy it. It is always full, especially on weekends. If you are from Malacca, you would know the time when the line is not as long as usual. And that is actually the best time to purchase Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Haji Jalil.
Location: 3123C, Jalan Limbongan, Kampung Limbongan, 75250 Melaka.
Contact: 012-691 4026
Business hours: 1pm until finish
Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake, Malacca
When visiting Malacca, trying their Baba Nyonya cuisine is a must and the same goes to their traditional kuih and going to Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake will be the best decision you will ever make. Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake is known for his varied nyonya kuih collections created from scratch. It goes without saying that their nyonya kuih is among the greatest in the world.
You can find various types of Nyonya kuih, ranging from pulut inti, kuih lapis, kuih koci and a lot more. Their best kuih is Popiah and everything from the place will cost you as less as RM0.80 to as much as RM3. It is very affordable for a shop that sells various traditional kuih in Malaysia.
It is located in a small kampung housing neighbourhood, so you will have to go down a tight lane to get there. Don’t worry, just use Waze to follow the directions, and there will be plenty of parking spaces just opposite the house-shop.
Location: 72, Lorong Tengkera Pantai 2c, Kampung Tengkera Pantai Dua, Melaka.
Contact: 019-666 2907
Business hours: 10 am – 03.30 pm (Friday – Wednesday), Closed on Thursday
Mira Cake House, Sarawak
Even from Kuala Lumpur, you can hear the name Mira Cake House and that shows how delicious their kek lapis are. Yes, kek lapis is the traditional dessert or cake from Sarawak and there are various types and designs of kek lapis Sarawak that you can find. Mira Cake House began as a family company with the goal of baking a special sort of Kek Lapis Sarawak known as the Kek Lapis Basah.
What makes Kek Lapis Basah different from any other kek lapis is the moistness of the cake. Mira Cake House sells Kek Lapis Sarawak in more than 50 distinct flavors and patterns, and sends them all across the country. I have tasted kek lapis Sarawak by myself and I can say that this dessert is full of flavour and can be customised according to whatever flavour you like.
Location: Petra Jaya, 44A, Jalan Brooke Tebingan Permaidani BGS, Kampung Boyan, Kampung Gersik, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak (main branch)
9, Jalan Enggang, Taman Keramat, 54200 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor (Kuala Lumpur branch)
Contact: 082440077 (Sarawak)
0128541004 (Kuala Lumpur)
Business hours: 8am – 12am (Sarawak)
8am – 8pm (Kuala Lumpur)
Those 5 are the main places where you can find the most delicious kuih muih in Malaysia that has a lot of variety such as kuih lapis, mooncake, vadai and so on. If you ask everyone, how many kuih there are in Malaysia, you will never get the exact answer and that shows how Malaysia is very rich with not only food like roti canai and nasi lemak, but this country also has hundreds of traditional kuih. You should try it yourself, and you can tell me later how wonderful Malaysia’s kuih actually is.