Iconic desserts of Kuching you simply must try

No matter the type of cuisine, desserts are a sweet ending to any meal. Just like every state in Malaysia, Sarawak too has its own stable of delectable sweet goodies unique to the locality, with Kuching being the most inventive spot for the afters.

In order to help satisfy your sweet tooth the next time you are in the Land of the Hornbill, here’s a compilation of Sarawak’s exclusive goodies that you can find right here in Kuching.

Cendol Gula Apong

The Cendol Tapai features a thick dollop of Gula Apong and is topped with Tapai (fermented rice).

Similar to the Gula Melaka that the state of Melaka in Peninsula Malaysia is famous for, Sarawak in East Malaysia is renowned for Gula Apong or palm sugar, a not-so-secret ingredient essential to most of the state’s desserts.

No surprise here, but Gula Apong is also a must-have on the local variety of Cendol here. The place to visit is Cendol Mami and once there, opt for the Cendol Tapai, which comes with fermented rice on top.

Cendol Mami
1, Q309, Taman Melati 2
93050 Kuching, Sarawak

ABC Apong

Nothing cools you down better that an icy-cold bowlful of delicious ABC Apong.

Similar to the Cendol, the shaved-ice dessert that is Ais Kacang comes with the decadent Gula Apong in Sarawak. Wait for the ice to melt if you find it too sweet to handle at first. Try it in Swee Kang, Kuching’s legendary dessert shop.

Swee Kang Ais Kacang
Jalan Kulas – Haji Taha Interchange
Kampung Bandarshah
93400 Kuching, Sarawak

Ice Cream Sandwich

Be prepared for long queues as this is a crowd favourite at Sunny Hill Ice Cream.

A favourite among locals no matter the age, the Ice Cream Sandwich here is basically a sundae folded in a piece of bread. However, it’s an age-old dessert that every Kuchingite loves, especially the version found at Sunny Hill Ice Cream.

Sunny Hill Ice Cream
Jln Bukit Cahaya,
Sunny Hill Garden,
93250 Kuching, Sarawak

Jagung Milo

Any dessert with shaved ice, condensed milk, sweet corn and a heap of Milo is sure to taste fantastic.

Literally meaning corn milo, Jagung Milo is a shaved-ice dessert really unique to Sarawak. It is made up of a combination of shaved ice, condensed milk, sweet corn, and generous helpings of Milo, also known as the best thing to have on a hot and sunny day.

Swee Kang Ais Kacang
Jalan Kulas – Haji Taha Interchange
Kampung Bandarshah
93400 Kuching, Sarawak

Thirst Milkshake

Here’s to a healthy dessert packed with nutrients.

A startup homegrown dessert brand originating from Kuching, Thirst Milkshake offers healthy fruit-based milkshakes and smoothies. Since its inception in 2016, the company has taken the city by storm and is also a permanent fixture at the Rainforest World Music Festival.

Thirst Milkshake
1, Jalan Gambir
93000 Kuching, Sarawak

White Lady

One of Kuching’s most loved desserts is made up of condensed milk, fruit, jellies and lemon.

Filled to the brim with juicy fruit, then topped with a creamy citrus juice, the White Lady is amongst some of the most loved desserts in Kuching. Ingredients include condensed milk, fruit, jellies, and lemon on top.

Swee Kang Ais Kacang
Jalan Kulas – Haji Taha Interchange
Kampung Bandarshah
93400 Kuching, Sarawak

This article first appeared in uppre.com