Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Popular Malaysian Kuih / Desserts

I have a terrible sweet tooth and cravings for the variety of Nyonya Kuihs sold in our country. I think we are truly blessed to have a good combination with so many races and culture here. We are spoilt with all types of delicacies from the Nyonya, Malay, Chinese, Indian and even Thai desserts / cakes being sold everywhere.

This morning I went to get my fix again and bought some kuih from the Yong Len Coffee Shop before heading to office. I realized that I do not know the names of many delicious Nyonya and Malay kuihs that I have been eating all my life.

(Photo 1) I stared at the trays above and only know the names of 3 kuihs. Do you know all the names above? I started to google for their names and was surprised to discover so many sites sharing well illustrated pictures of the kuihs/cakes with their given names! I decided to save all of them in this post for myself and everyone to refer them. I could not tag the original source of the pictures below which was illustrated by Lee Xin Li. It has been recycled a hundred times, therefore I just join them to borrow and share lah.

(Photo 2) Now I have a better idea of the origins of some kuihs/cakes above. The Kuih Kapit, Kuih Bakul, Kuih Bulan and Yoo Char Kuih are definitely from China as they are mentioned in their ancient history. As for the others, it could be a common delicacy among the Nyonya clans during the 19th Century. The Kuih Tako and Kuih Cara are still popular in Thailand today but I would not know its actual origin. I would say that Malaysia definitely has more kuihs sold here than in Thailand or even China!

(Photo 3) My favourites above are Ondeh Ondeh, Pulut Tekan and Ang Koo Kuih! Yums! I think Ang Koo Kuih is the only one (above) that is available in China as coconut is not something common there. Correct me please if I am wrong.

 (Photo 4) I am curious whether Kuih Tutu is an Indian delicacy? I love to eat Kuih Bahulu and Kek Lapis Indonesia very much as they go well with black coffee. We can find modified versions of Chai Tow Kuih, Png Kuih and Huat Kuih in China.

(Photo 5) The above delicacies look like sweets used for auspicious occasions like prayers, Chinese New Year and Weddings. They are all easily available in China and probably originated from there


(Photo 6) These are the variety of Moon Cakes and originated from China. Now we have modified versions here including durian moon cakes!

(Photo 7) The above are "Khanom" from Thailand which means kuih/desserts. I love to eat Foy Thong which is expensive and made of 100% Duck Egg Yolk. Many friends including my wife dislike the smell and it is way too sweet that could attract bees from miles away. I believe most of you have eaten the common Mango with Glutinous Rice and Pumpkin Custard.



  1. I have a sweet tooth too, whenever I pass by places selling kuehs, pastry, etc., I always can't resist the temptation, and end up buying something to eat...

  2. I like Nyonya kueh. I also don't know most of those kueh's names. Just know how to eat them.

    Ang koo kueh, ondeh-ondeh and donuts are my favourite.

  3. I love nonya kueh too and my favorite is the angku. Love the chewy skin and mung bean filling.

  4. i too didn't know the names of many of these, so this graphic is certainly useful. my favourite is pulut tekan, cos i love glutinous rice, both in taste and texture :D kuih bahalu is a close favourite too, cos it reminds me of childhood :)

  5. I've seen these pics before as I google for kuih names too when I do not know. I like the black ones in your first photo...don't know what that is called but I call it chai poh kuih.

    I think Kuih Tutu are also called Putu Piring which is actually a Malay kuih adapted from a popular Indian snack called Idli (I see many Indians eating this for breakfast though I've never tried one myself).

  6. Hi TM,

    Been a while.. Thanks for sharing the earlier post on merit making and this the kuihs...

    Looked through but did not find mochi in it.. or is it pulut with inti kacang.. lo mai chin.. haha.. that one is kuih too right> no?

    Look forward for more post from you.

    Regards, Norick

  7. Hi! They look very delicious. The moon cakes are very popular in our coubtry too. 月餅。

  8. My favourite is Ondeh Ondeh and Kueh Kosui, thanks for sharing these information about kuehs, I also don't know the names of many kuehs, I love this post, next time if I want to find out more about kuehs, I will come to this post of yours

    I have shared about Soon Kueh and Chwee Kueh in my posts before

  9. So many kueh and I can't remember all of them. But you're right, Malaysians are really blessed with many races and cultures here. My favourite kueh is Kuih Salat.

  10. Thanks for sharing. I prefer savoury kuehs esp png kueh, sweet ones like mango sticky rice and Ang kueh

  11. Thanks for sharing. I prefer savoury kuehs esp png kueh, sweet ones like mango sticky rice and Ang kueh

  12. Wah! Nice lists.

    I am happy I managed to enjoy a lot of delicious kueh when I buka puasa at DBP with my siblings. :)

  13. For Thai desserts my favourite is luk chup but when I see the amount of effort to make them one by one by hand I really salute those who made them. I went to Yong Len last Sunday but did not see any chai poh that ewew mentioned. So disappointed but I managed to find a seat after squeezing to share 5 pax to a small table and share eat prawn mee and ckt. I like the ckt there very much.

  14. I have never seen or know about Foy Thong before but if it is made from salted duck egg yolk I will like it. Oh wait, you mentioned duck egg yolk but not the word salted so it is not salted then.

  15. Very informative! I love kuih bingka & kuih dadar.

  16. I have sweet tooth too and I can't resist any sweet stuff (except candies)which I think is not a good thing, hard to slim down ~>_<~

  17. I can never resist kuih. From the above, apam balik is a regular choice for me. Thanks for sharing this, TM - very useful! It's hard to remember all the kuih names.

  18. Aiyo! Anay, I love nyonya kuih very much. I can't say no to them, although they are all sinfully high carbs and high sugar and high calories and high fat and high "santan".

    I know most of the names also. Anay, Taiping is famous with nyonya kuih too, please drop by with Letchumy la! Yannie can afford to buy you lots of kuih.


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