Posted on | April 15, 2012 | No Comments
Ais Kachang (or Ice Kachang) is a common Malaysian and Singaporean dessert. It consists of a mountain of shaved ice and then brightly coloured syrups are poured over the top including rose syrup, sarsi syrup and gula Melaka syrup (palm sugar). What makes it so unique are the toppings that can be added on top or first in the bottom of the bowl. On top, there is always red bean, corn, evaporated / coconut milk. In the bottom of the bowl is typically green pandan grass jelly, agar-agar coloured jellies and candied seeds. It sounds kind of gross, but it tastes really good!
This little dessert does give you quite a sugar kick as all of the syrups and jellies are high in sugar (which is why the carbohydrate content is so high). If this is your favourite, my advice for this dessert is to make sure that it doesn’t follow every meal that you have – instead have it once per week as a treat. I always like to share it, which is fun to fight over the jellied seeds at the bottom of the bowl and you cut the calories consumed in half.
You could also ask them to use less syrup and ask for evaporated milk instead of coconut.
Just don’t be fooled into thinking that because it’s ice, it’s low in calories. It’s deliciously sweet for a reason, and sugar contains calories!
Nutrition in Ice Kachang: 1 bowl
- Energy: 256 calories
- Protein: 6g
- Carbs: 58g
- Fat: 1g
Note: “kachang” means bean in Malay