Today I decided to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon making a popular Malaysian dessert called Ice Kacang. Ice Kacang is basically just shaved ice with rose syrup, condensed milk, red beans, black jelly, coconut cubes and anything else that you may want to add to it such as sweet corn, tinned fruits etc. To make it, I first put sweetened red beans, black jelly and sweet coconut cubes in a bowl (see photo below) – these can all be bought from Japanese/Chinese supermarkets.
Black Jelly, Coconut Cubes and Red Bean
My friend sent me an ice shaving machine that she bought in Malaysia to make the shaved ice (see photo below). It is a manual ice shaver and very easy to use – just load it with ice blocks made from special moulds provided, turn the handle and hey presto, you have shaved ice! If you can’t get hold of an ice shaving machine abroad, I have seen some on ebay
Ice Shaver Machine
After filling the bowl with shaved ice, drizzel rose syrup (this can also be bought from oriental supermarkets) and condensed milk over the ice. If you have a sugar called gula melaka which can be bought in Malaysia and I think you can probably find it in a Chinese supermarket, then you can use it to make a sweet brown syrup by mixing it with water. This can then also be drizzled over the ice. As the shaved ice is so fine, the syrups are absorbed into the ice and spread evenly rather than settling to the bottom. Finally I added some more red bean and black jelly on top of the ice so see below for the finished product!
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