One on one…

I loved these when I was a kid…

Kao-teng koi

They are called kuih lapis (layer cake) or in Hokkien, kao teng kuih or nine-tier cake. By right, there should be 9 layers…and we had more than just two colours. It seems that these days they only have two colours, so much so that at one time, on their radio show, Mag kept arguing with Pat, insisting that kuih lapis only had two colours – pink and white.

As children, we used to find delight in peeling off the layers and eating them colour by colour. Funny how children in those days got thrilled over such simple things…unlike the spoilt brats these days.

But these that I bought from my usual Bandong kuih-muih stall at RM1.00 for three are not really that great. Still, they are heaps better than others that are sold elsewhere in town – rubbery and very sweet, no lemak (rich) taste at all. These have a hint of the santan (coconut milk) but I do wish they would add a bit more, never mind if they jack up the price a bit.

In comparison, I think I prefer their kuih kosui

Kuih kosui

…also sold at 3 for RM1.00. Now, you have to make sure you do not get confused with the name and call them kuih kha chui (butt) instead!Β LOL!!!

These kuih ederam, also sold at 3 for RM1.00,Β are nice too…

Kuih ederam

…but the ones that we had when we were kids were not spotted with sesame seeds like that. I wonder why they bother as they do not seem to make any difference in the taste…and they actually do not look that appealing at all.

I think in West Malaysia, they are calledΒ kuih deram and they may be shaped differently – in rings like mini-doughnuts and they sometimes call them telinga keling (Indian ear) or something like that.

So, what are you having for your tea today?

Author: suituapui

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34 thoughts on “One on one…”

  1. Awwww, i miss eating kuih lapis…not a lot of stalls sells the 9 layers one these days 😦

    You’re in Singapore, right? Katong? I thought there are shops selling authentic nyonya delicacies there? Guess people now getting lazier, not bothered to make suck thin layers – nine altogether.

  2. ahhhhh!! i seldom eat kuih lapis but used to enjoy peeling it tier by tier. :p eihhh… i never eat the kuih deram with sesame one wor.. though it doesnt tempt me at all. for me still on taste matter. :))

    Looking at you, I’d probably guess that you seldom eat anything at all – so skinny. Girls these days…like clothes hanger! Eyew….. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. hahaahah! u’re totally wrong i tell u! i ate a lot one. if u spend a day with me, sure full with foods one. xD

      Maybe there are some truths in what the old people used to say – “La sap ciak, la sap tua/pui!” (Dirty eat, dirty big/fat!) This means that if you are not picky about your food, you will grow (fat)…and they also say, “Tham ciak, ciak bay pui” – greedy people will never grow fat! Hahahahaha!!!

      1. ceh!!! so bad! u dunno me lor.. so hurt lor when u said so. i was born not in gud condition one lor, body quite weak summore. my parents take care of all what i eat de. sobs. πŸ˜₯

        Hahahaha!!! Poor thing! Ok lah…so sorry to hear that! A thousand apologies!!! Just like my daughter – 6 months’ premature. Was very difficult to take care, so worried and all that. Thank God she’s ok – but as you can see in the pics, she doesn’t grow fat either…skinny too, like you. But the doctor said as long as healthy, nothing to worry about! Your parents certainly have done a good job – raising you up so well…and now so beautiful! Maybe next time, kahwin and after giving birth, may put on weight sikit – they say hormonal changes and stuff like that? When kahwin? Invite me to KK, ya? πŸ˜‰

  3. yr morning tea,STP? Kao teng looks nice s are the kuih drum but don’t like the sesame seeds on! This morning may go out to have some coffee n cake at some cafe in the inner suburbs! Happy weekend! Planning anything special for Mother’s Day? πŸ™‚

    Maybe buy a cake or cook something for my mum…anak not here, so nothing for her mum! Muahahahaha!!!

  4. you reminded me of my granny’s 9 layer cake.. we used to get it hot right out from the steamer, and she take so much effort in doing to make sure it good to ‘feed’ all her hungry children and grandchildren…. must ‘ask’ my mum to make 1 again soon…

    never tasted the kuih deram before…

    I love kuih ederam… Used to buy at a stall at a market (Sg Bakong) near my house when I was a kid. 5 sen each…and today, it’s 3 for RM1.00. Sigh!!! I think they have very nice kao-teng koi in Kuching, very lemak ones…but not here in Sibu – not worth the calories!

  5. why only 2 different colors for the 9 layer cake?… I love to eat it layer by layer.. peeling it off slowly.. πŸ˜€

    That seems to be the trend – pink and white only! People getting lazy, I guess…or not into colouring so much. That’s why I said those two were arguing on radio – one said only two colours…and the other said got lots of colours.

    1. Yeah.. but it doesn’t make sense to call it 9 layers anymore..
      1.. it’s only 6 layers there
      2.. I love it colorful! 😦

      Ya…but the Malay name is still ok – kuih lapis. As kids, we were also attracted by the colours…and found delight in eating the layers – colour by colour. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      1. Is anyone still selling the colorful ones?.. I hardly see any here. Even in Kuching, it’s rare…

        “Funny how children in those days got thrilled over such simple things…unlike the spoilt brats these days.” – Great, you made me feel so old since I love eating it layers by layers, color by color too.. HMMMM!!!

        LOL!!! Kids will be kids…never mind then or now! I’ve seen them here…but not nice to eat, and I’m pretty sure the ones at the roadside stall around 3 pm…along Green Road in Kuching…have different colours too. Those that I’ve seen in West Malaysia – mostly two colours only.

  6. hehe.. raising me up well? i dnt think so lor. most of the time restrict me doing this and that one. 😦 lol ok sure will invite u one. haha! but hv to wait for few more years! hahaha

    A few more years? Alamak…dunno still alive or not. Me…so very old already! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Restrict for your own good one bah! You said you not “in gud condition”…so they must be so worried bah! Like I was so worried about our anak – still am…even though already grown and studying overseas! Love love bah!!! πŸ™‚

  7. i like kuih lapis and kuih kosui.. but have never tried kuih ederam πŸ˜€

    STP – Happy Mother’s Day to your wifey πŸ™‚

    Come to Sibu, I’ll let you try. Nice! LOL!!! Thanks, and the same to you…

  8. Heyz, I remember the multicoloured kuih lapis that my bro and I would be terribly amused by. Just sit in a corner and peel off layer by layer .. used to drive my mother crazy (no playing with food, children!!) Now that you mention it, the kuih only comes in 2 colours hor? Yikes, does this mean I’m old?? πŸ˜› Hmm kuih kosui’s my bro’s favourite. I like it plain wthout the coconut shreds though. hehe

    LOL!!! All kids the same, eh? Either you’re old…or your mum loyally followed what had been handed down from generation to generation. I guess it’s the latter. Hehehehehe!!! Ya…I’m not crazy about grated coconut either…so most of it gets thrown away.

  9. Heavens you posted all these kuihs!!! I wish so bad now that I know how to make them here in New Zealand :@ Both of my parents enjoy making the kusui for the family, and the menderam@deram, that’s my all-time favourite! All that I have been making here for tea is cucur@cekodok (it’s called jemput-jemput in Terengganu) which is dead simple and easily alterable with any additional ingredients for different tastes, whilst other Malaysian students are busy honing their skills in baking cakes (I don’t care about that, I just want something that would remind me of home!)

    Cakes…can get at supermarkets and bakeries there; these authentic Malaysian kuihs – even if you can get at some nyonya Malaysian restaurants overseas, they’ll cost a bomb! Now! Now! Wishing you had learnt how to make them from your parents eh? Too late… Have to wait two years before you’ll get to eat them again! Muahahahaha!!!! *evil laughter!!!!

    1. your written evil laugh is just like Melissa’s…ahahaha!!!

      Like father, like daughter… Hope you all had a nice weekend!!! Back to lectures tomorrow!

  10. yes…kuih lapis used to be colorful. I remember enjoy peeling the kuih layer by layer and eat. Drink Milo. yum….

    These days punya only have two color and can’t peel off by layer 😦

    These, still ok… I could still peel off the layers and I did! Old habits die hard! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  11. Sobs… my late grandma used to make the kuih lapis. Very nice wan leh, and it’s very different too. Berlemak and yet not too sweet for us to eat. She taught us granddaughters on how to make em, but very different leh. Not the same. No matter what, hers tasted way better. 😦 Mine always lembik lembik or keras. Tak jadi. Not nice. *sigh* 😦 Dunno how to agak agak properly. I tak pandai make kuih. 😦 I’m more to those curries and ayam ponteh.

    I like to peel the layers and eat too. Hahahaha… very syiok to take with tea wan! πŸ˜›

    Ooo…if very lemak, best lah!!! Colours may not be so nice though – if very bright colours, usually not nice – tak cukup santan. LOL!! We’re all the same, it seems – peeling off the layers!

    1. Oh…. yeah, it’s very berlemak and not so sweet. Just nice and when eat d, wun feel muak. πŸ˜€ But none of us know how to make til so nice like hers. And yea, my late grandma’s kuih lapis is not so nice wan, the colour. Much paler, and doesn’t really look attractive. But when you eat it, omg… will sure wun stop at one piece. πŸ˜€ Hahahaha… I think a lot ppl like to peel it and eat… my boy and my hubby oso like to eat liddat. πŸ˜€

      Too bad these old folks – their culinary skills all ended up buried with them…. 😦

  12. in cantonese we called it kau chang koe.. 9 storeys high… my girl loves that.. i love the other one.. woon chai koe.. with lots of coconut! yummmy.. i didnt have tea yesterday….no more 6 meals course already… hahahhaa…

    Ya…lucky you! Here, I hear no more such courses – localised ones only, and no makan provided, not even tea or coffee – bring your own! They say no money! I dunno Cantonese…and most of the time, I may not know the names in Chinese – just the Malay names. I guess some do not have Chinese names as they’re Malay kuihs. 😦

    1. Malay kuih meh? I tot these are nyonya kuih. My late grandma says nyonya kuih worr… the kuih lapis, i mean… then there’s also one kuih, green colour with pulut below it. I dono wud it’s called… =.=

      Nyonya lah…now Malay buat, Cina buat…but usually, Cina buat not so nice – kurang liao, banyak untung…yunno they all so clever make profit one! LOL!!! That’s what you call serimuka…but some people call kuih salad…and since small, we (in my family) call that “tinggi salad” – whatever that means.

  13. Yalor! Last time when I was small, the kao teng kueh got pink, green and white and really got 9-layer and like you, we also enjoy peeling and eating the kueh layer by layer. So nice!

    Hah! Another one! Everybody’s the same, it seems! LOL!!!

  14. Im having bacon for tea. So sad and fattening 😦

    Neways I prefer those kek lapis brown and yellow brown and yellow 1.

    Bacon? Ooooo….I’d love that!!! Yum! Yum! πŸ˜€ Kek lapis is not the same – I think the yellow and brown ones would be the coffee layer cake. Here, the Malays make very nice ones…

  15. Kuih lapis used to be very nice and tender *maybe didnt get from the right place* but the ones that I usually buy dont have that taste anymore. Moreover the layer is hard to peel off.

    Shoot.. forgotten about the name already the ‘kuih kosoi’ love to eat it with lots & lots of coconut in it. Out of sight out of mind..

    Kuih ederam err not so familiar..???

    For tea I had cream crackers, those square biscuits..with jam. ~;) tQ.

    Yup! I don’t you can get those kuih ederam elsewhere…unless you make your own at home. And the kuih lapis is like you said – not nice at all most of the time. But these that I bought were fairly good – not really very good but ok and I could peel off the layers. Cream crackers? Eyew…. LOL!!! Well, I do take those sometimes – with butter on one side…and peanut butter on the other…and I’d dunk in my coffee! Yum! Yum! LOL!!!

  16. Wah, can’t remember when was the last time I ate kuih lapis. Had some keropok for tea today!

    Just keropok? Aiyor…no wonder so thin! Hehehehehe!!!!

  17. I love kuih lapis……talking about kuih lapis…so long never eat liao….hard to get a good one here….

    There’s a stall selling nyonya kuihs next to the one selling durian pancakes – basement, Sg Wang. I bought the ang koo and the serimuka…and both were very nice. I think they have a stall at Mid Valley too…and dunno where else…and I think they would have kuih lapis – good ones.

  18. looks very sweet…

    These days, everybody’s kurang gula – and not necessarily in health’s name. Considering the price of sugar these days and the prices of these kuihs at the roadside stall, they wouldn’t be dumping in a whole lot, you can bet on that. Nevertheless, should eat sparingly still …not all the time.

    P.S. After all this time, you’ve dropped by again…just to say those three little words? 😦

  19. Tea is still Enfamama with heaps of oats for me as I’m still breastfeeding. Been drinking that throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding * urk *. I like kuih muih for the their historical and cultural value, savouring the same delicacies people of yesteryears enjoyed. But I don’t get to eat them much. Unless i strap the youngest on me, leash up the eldest and off we go in search of those traditional yum yum…

    Poor thing! There! Get your hubby to go and buy for you… There are so many things at that stall ranging from sweet to savoury to sour that I can rotate what I would want to eat – not kampua every day! πŸ™‚

  20. hehehe for the first one, honestly i dont like it when i am kid. i prefer the green with white color kuih. πŸ™‚

    The white colour – santan pudding-like layer (like what Claire and I and the rest had when we went for lunch in Ipoh) – kuih talam…
    …or pulut (glutinous rice) – serimuka/kuih salad – both very nice. I like!!! In Kuching, around 3 p.m. by the roadside in front of the Green Road shops – the nyonya kuih top class one! Very nice!

  21. i love kuih lapis….i still peel and eat them layer by layer….its fun to eat it like that. going to look for some today….heheheheh cheers STP!

    So long already you keep saying you wanna go there, up till today – haven’t gone yet! Panjang umur! The nasi lemak really nice, I tell you – RM1.50 a packet only. Ask for the one STO always buys!!! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  22. What’s the opening hours of the gerai in bandung everyday? Would like to get those nice kuih and dishes since u always mention abt it…makes me wanna try them out.

    They open very early 5.00-6.00 a.m. or so to cater for those going for morning prayers in the nearby surau. I usually go around 8 plus…but sometimes, most of the things sold out. I think they close around 9 plus. Good luck! Btw, thanks for your comment – welcome and do keep dropping by, Doc! LOL!!! πŸ˜‰

  23. I used to love this too….but now…too sticky for an old man like me. πŸ™‚

    Chesh…if you were an old man, I would be a dinosaur – extinct!!!

  24. when i was young i always question my mom why the 9 layer kuih only has 7 layers?!?! i have been shortchanged!

    Hahahahaha!!! Looks like it!!! πŸ˜€

  25. when i am young, i remember i like to eat this too, and in sibu i think is in triangle shape and with three colors? pink, white and green but only four layers? Is it the same?

    My boys love this kuih, they like to peel it and eat layer by layer too!

    I think they cut them diagonally….but definitely more than four layers. If four, the layers would be so thick, so kasar! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  26. I love Kui Kosui, but I never have this kuih ederam before… it looks pretty oily and sweet to me! Really nice kar?!

    It is! Loved it since my childhood days. Bot really oily – the “cousin” – kuih penyeram or what we call “kuih lipeng” is a lot worse. Don’t quite like those as they’re very oily…

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