Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Annie's Peanut Ice Kachang

The first desert you have to try in Singapore is the Ice Kachang!

Hennie's Comment:
"I have heard about ice kachang before I came to Singapore and have been wanting to try them myself! This is my first time hearing Peanut Ice Kachang. I have tried it and I find the taste really unique and delicious. If you have a chance, go down to Annie's Peanut Ice Kachang and have a try:) You will not regret it!"

The first ice-cold dessert introduced in Singapore was ice balls, finely grated ice packed into a ball and topped with a type of coloured sugar coated syrup, typically eaten by using just the fingers or hands.

The ice kachang is a thus modern, more elaborate update of the ice ball - comprising jelly, red beans (hence the name; kachang means beans in Malay), sweet corn and attap chee (palm seeds) as its base, and topped off with a mound of shaved ice, psychedelically coloured syrups and condensed milk; and it’s served in either a bowl or a tall glass.

Today, ice kachang even comes with fruit cocktail, aloe vera jelly and novelty toppings such as chocolate and durian to satisfy the selective palate of the savvy Singaporean crowd. This fun and colourful dessert can be had at food centres all across the city such as the popular Maxwell Road Hawker Centre in Chinatown.

Remember to savour this lovely dessert dish slowly, or you might get Brain Freeze!

It is true that you can always get ice kachang at any coffee shop or food court that you go. But, how often can you come across something so unique and delicious like Annie's? Time for you to go down and try it yourself!

Look at the long queue outside Annie's Peanut Ice Kachang!

It only costs you $2 per bowl, and you get it with a smile from the auntie at the store! What are you waiting for?

Annie's Peanut Ice Kachang

Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tanjong Pagar Mkt and Food Centre
10.30am to 7.15pm Weekdays

10.30am to 6pm Weekends

Here is some other alternatives to nice and delicious Ice kachang:

Lau Pa Sat Food Court
18 Raffles Quay
Maxwell Road Food Centre
(Maxwell Market)

1 Kadayanallur Street
Singapore 069184

Here is the recipe for traditional ice kachang for those who love it! Now, you can cook it yourself at home! :)
(Taste might defer as ingredients used are different)
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 cups 396g / 13ozSugar
2 cups 474mlWater
1/3 teaspoon 1.7mlRose extract
3  Red food coloring - (to 5) - optional
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlPandan extract
3  Green food coloring - (to 5) optional
8 tablespoons 120mlPalm seeds - (rounded)
8 tablespoons 120mlSweet red beans - (rounded)
8 tablespoons 120mlSweet white beans - (rounded)
12 cups 2844mlFinely-shaved ice
2/3 cup 157mlEvaporated milk
2/3 cup 157mlSweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup 246g / 8.7ozRose syrup
3/4 cup 246g / 8.7ozPandan syrup
4  Jackfruit segments - slivered

Recipe Instructions

Syrups: Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil until slightly thickened, but not thick like honey. (If the syrups are too watery, they won't stay on the ice.) Cool to room temperature.
To 1 cup syrup, add the rose extract and, if desired, red food coloring until you have a bright red syrup.
To the remaining three-fourths cup syrup, add the pandan extract and, if desired, green food coloring.
Assembly: Use four large shallow bowls. In the bottom of each, spoon 2 tablespoons each of the palm seeds and the red and white beans, draining lightly as they are spooned from their jars.
Spoon 3 cups shaved ice over the seeds and beans in each bowl, forming a mound that's high in the center.
Combine the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and drizzle evenly over the ice in each bowl.
Spoon the syrups over the ice, making any desired pattern. Arrange the jackfruit over the top. Serve immediately.

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