When two worlds collide…

First and foremost, my heartiest congratulations to my friend, Dennis, and Outright Coffee

…on winning the 9th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Environmental Award, 2019/2020. If you drop by the place, you can see the trophy and certificate on display – I was there the other day but somehow, the idea of taking a snapshot of them did not cross my mind at that point in time. There is no formal grand presentation ceremony this time around because of the pandemic.

I went there that day because I wanted to buy a slice of this cake…

…to see what it was all about. I saw people talking about this onde onde cake, two worlds in one – a fusion of East and West and it sounded like something I would enjoy.

For the uninitiated, onde onde is also called kuih Melaka…

– those springy sticky (glutinous) rice flour balls (something like mochi or 汤圆/tang yuan) with gula Melaka inside that will squirt out when you bite into one, the more the better, coated with desiccated coconut.

I could not figure out what the cake would be like. Would it be made up of those onde onde arranged in the shape of a cake, held together by some santan cream, with gula Melaka inside the balls and all over the cream and desiccated coconut on top? That was why when I heard that they had the cake here, I quickly went to buy a slice…

…to try. At over RM12.00 a slice, it sure did not come cheap, I must say.

It turned out to be layers of pandan (screwpine leaves) cake with cream in between – i was quite positive I could detect a hint of santan (coconut milk) in the cream and a little bit of gula Melaka, so little that I could hardly taste it. Perhaps adding too much of it may spoil the cake, I wouldn’t know.

On top, they had this desiccated coconut…

…and that was about all there was to that onde onde cake.

Yes, I would say it was nice, just that there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, more or less just a well-made pandan cake with a little bit of this and that and yes, at least I’ve tried. This Youtube video tells it as it is and calls it a “Coconut Pandan Cake With Gula Melaka/Ondeh Ondeh Cake 班兰椰糖蛋糕“.

I did enjoy it on the whole even though the texture of the cake was like cakes these days – a bit too dense for me. Personally, I prefer those old school cakes way back in the time when electrical appliances were unheard of and the cakes were not so fine.

Anyway, now that I have tried this onde onde cake, the next one that I would wanna check out would be the nasi lemak cake. Know of any good one in town, anybody?

OUTRIGHT COFFEE (2.290978, 111.820996) is located at 24B , Jalan Lau King Howe, at the end of the first block of shops immediately behind the Lau King Howe Memorial Museum.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

8 thoughts on “When two worlds collide…”

  1. If you have not mentioned it was onde onde cake, I would have thought it was just a piece of normal layer pandan cake. The name of the cake makes you curious to go out all the way to buy and try😊. I love those onde onde kuih.

    Me too!!! That was why I couldn’t wait to go and try. Quite disappointed really as it wasn’t all that different from those pandan sponge or whatever cakes.

    I would enjoy the really nice onde onde from the kampung stalls a lot more, the ones that will squirt when you bite into them! Very few do these days.

  2. There is even onde-onde ice cream!! I think if I am to choose between ice cream and cake, I would go for onde-onde cake. At least it almost similar to eating the kueh. Lol.

    I was expecting that sticky texture of the kuih Melaka but there was none and there wasn’t any squirting of the gula Melaka..

  3. Just looking at it, it looks like any normal pandan layered cake to me. I like pandan layered cake so I think I would love this ondeh ondeh cake too. Nasi lemak cake is something new to me. I am curious and would want to taste it too.

    You haven’t heard of nasi lemak cake? I think this started somewhere over at your side, in the peninsula. I saw people sharing photos on Facebook…and I was thinking to myself that this would be a cake that would be ideal for me as it would not be sweet plus I love nasi lemak!

  4. Onde-onde cake?! This I can accept.
    But I don’t know if I will like nasi lemak cake though,

    I am quite sure it will be actual nasi lemak arranged in the shape of a cake, unlike this onde onde cake – no onde onde as we know it to be. See link attached to my reply to Nancy above.

  5. Congratulations to your buddy. Yes, the gula Melaka is not enough.

    Thank you. It probably would not look so nice if there had been more gula Melaka, would be badly stained, very messy.

  6. that looks really yum, i am imagining the taste. a pandan cake would really be nice as well. do you have the ube cake as well? that is what’s popular in the philippines.

    I’ve seen in my Auckland Pinoy blogger’s blog, this ube…purple in colour. I guess that is yam. I think we do have that here too, just like the pandan cake, not anything to get excited about.

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