World's Strangest Desserts

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Peter John Rollinson

Let them eat cake. You’ve got these wonderfully bizarre desserts to try instead.

Ais Kacang: Malaysia and Singapore

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Shaved ice is gussied up with red beans, sweet corn, lychee fruit, green grass jelly, and evaporated milk, giving this sundae a colorful tie-dyed effect. It’s popular in Malaysia and Singapore (look for it at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre in Singapore’s Chinatown). While the base remains shaved ice and red beans, it can often be customized with ingredients as varied as palm seeds, stinky durian fruit, and a red gelatin called agar. “They also pour strawberry syrup and even condensed or evaporated milk over the top before serving,” adds David Hogan Jr. of the Malaysia Asia blog. If all this sounds a little too strange, consider starting with another local shaved-ice specialty, cendol, made with green noodles drenched in coconut milk and brown palm sugar.

World's Strangest Desserts

Ais Kacang: Malaysia and Singapore

Shaved ice is gussied up with red beans, sweet corn, lychee fruit, green grass jelly, and evaporated milk, giving this sundae a colorful tie-dyed effect. It’s popular in Malaysia and Singapore (look for it at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre in Singapore’s Chinatown). While the base remains shaved ice and red beans, it can often be customized with ingredients as varied as palm seeds, stinky durian fruit, and a red gelatin called agar. “They also pour strawberry syrup and even condensed or evaporated milk over the top before serving,” adds David Hogan Jr. of the Malaysia Asia blog. If all this sounds a little too strange, consider starting with another local shaved-ice specialty, cendol, made with green noodles drenched in coconut milk and brown palm sugar.

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