A lil’ lower now…

The last time I had some really nice kao-teng koi (9-tier cake) or kuih lapis (layer cake) was way back in 2011 when I came across the very delightful Lulu nyonya kueh stall at Sg Wang in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. I did go to their stall at Mid Valley on my last trip to KL too and my guess is they have other stalls in the other malls as well.

I am sure they have very nice ones in Kuching as well, if you know where to go for the best in the city, but I cannot remember when I had any from there for the simple reason that I do prefer serimuka

Kuching, serimuka
*Archive photo*

…and kuih cangkeh

Kuching, kuih cangkeh
*Archive photo*

– the ones with the green top and the brown lower half so I would go for those instead.

We do not get very nice kuihs here in Sibu but the other day, I saw these (4 for RM1.20)…

Kao-teng koi 1

…here at this coffee shop

Friends' Kopitian stall 1

…where they do have quite a lot to offer…

Friends' Kopitian stall 2

…though I am not sure how nice everything actually was and I was wishing they would put everything in plastic containers or one of those bread storage things with a lid that you can lift to take what you want…or at least, they could have a big plastic sheet to cover everything when nobody is buying. It sure looked like the people running the chap fan (mixed rice) and kampua mee stall there are the ones operating this stall right in front of the shop.

One could tell from the bright colours that there wasn’t very much santan (coconut milk) in them so they would not be as nice as one would like them to be…but they are nicer than most if not all of the rest that we can find around town. They are a little lower now though as there are only five layers…

5 layers

…unlike those in the past when there would be nine and the novelty in eating these when we were kids was to peel off the layers…

Layer by layer

…and eating them one by one. What delight that brought us at the time! I remember there used to be a lot of different colours but at many places these days, there are only two – pink/red and white.

They also have these coffee-flavoured ones…

Coffee kao-teng koi

…but between the two, I would stick to the original.

The chai peah and the ham chim beng are two other things that we have tried from here and yes, they are quite nice.

Author: suituapui

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12 thoughts on “A lil’ lower now…”

  1. wow. looks so good. honestly don’t see often the whole piece getting cut. lovely!

    You do get to see the whole piece in a tray at some stalls in Kuching. You tell them how many pieces you want and they cut and put in a plastic bag or some container for you to take away.

  2. I love the green and pink! πŸ™‚

    Yes, lovely colours. Those were part of the attraction when we were kids – which colour to eat first. πŸ˜€

  3. I love kuih cangkeh & kao teng koi. Till now I still eat my kao teng koi peeling layer by layer. The layers have decreased.

    Oh? There too? No longer 9 layers? Awwwwwwwww!!!! So sad. 😦

  4. Ooo, now how come I’ve never heard of Lulu Nyonya kueh … Hmmm, strange! Must keep an eye out for it πŸ˜‰ what you wrote about the layer kuih rings true with me too …. I also remember peeling the layers before eating them when I was young! My favourite kuih would be the ones with glutinous rice πŸ˜‰

    I’ve a soft spot for nyonya kuihs. There’s a Lulu stall at Mid Valley and there’s Nyonya Colours there too. I think there are some stalls at places like one coffee shop in Paramount – nice too, and those would probably be cheaper but not convenient for me to go all the way so I would just stick to the aforementioned two and indulge whenever I can. Can’t get nice ones here, so sad. Serimuka’s my favourite too.

  5. The kau teng koi sure brings back childhood memories! Yes, it was so nice to eat it layer by layer. I have not had this kueh for a long time now.

    Me neither, for the simple reason that we cannot get good ones here…and when I stopped by Lulu’s, I would be tempted to buy the other things to try instead or go for the ones I liked more.

  6. I like nyonya kuehs, quality preferred than quantity….. since I am eating and getting fat, I prefer to pay a bit more for more santan and less colouring.. πŸ™‚

    I remember the green and white kuih talam we had at the restaurant where you took us for lunch when we went to Ipoh. Green is fine, pandan and white is santan. The one we had was very nice. Wish we had something like that here.

  7. I miss those kuih, I remember when my officemates back in KL visit their hometown they bring this back and share it to us.

    They’ve nice ones some places in KL…and in Singapore too – I hear one can pick up all that one likes at one place called Bengawan Solo or something at Changi Airport itself.

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