AIS KACANG, otherwise known as ABC (Air Batu Campur) is a popular local dessert made up of shaved ice topped with gula Melaka (concentrated brown sugar syrup), coloured syrup, roasted peanuts and evaporated milk.

Common colourful ingredients that goes into the bowl include cendol, kidney beans, red beans, creamed corns and grass jelly. Depending on the stall and outlets that serve it, a scoop of ice cream or two is added as a finishing touch to tantalise your sweet taste buds. It’s a popular choice of dessert during warm or scorching hot weathers. Here’s a list recommended Ais Kacang spots around KL.

Ah Keong’s Ais Kacang Stall

Ah Keong’s Ais Kacang Stall. — Food Advisor pic
Cendol Ais from Ah Keong’s Ais Kacang Stall is a must a try apart from the ABC. — Food Advisor pic

Operated by a husband-and-wife team on a simple cart, Ah Keong’s Ais Kacang Stall is popular in Brickfields area as they have been around for more than 10 years. Their best-selling dessert is of course the ABC dessert. At RM3.80 for a small bowl, you’ll get a finely shaven ice filled with evaporated milk, as well as a colourful assortment of black cincau (grass jelly) cubes, cendol, creamed corn, rose syrup and gula Melaka.

Tips: You can ask them to maximise or minimise the level of sweetness

Things to Expect: There are only three tables available so you might have to wait or enjoy your ABC, standing

Best With: Their Cendol Ice is another must-try dessert since they use fresh and thick coconut milk, instead of the store-bought ones!

Price: RM3.80 to RM4.50

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Brilliant Nasi Lemak House (non-halal)

Brilliant Nasi Lemak House
Brilliant Nasi Lemak House’s ABC is the perfect dessert that goes with their variety of nasi lemak dishes. — Food Advisor pic

Brilliant Nasi Lemak House may be famous for a variety of nasi lemak dishes, but their desserts are no slouch either. If you are a fan of ais kacang, there are three versions available. But what’s really intriguing is their delicious Red Bean with Cashew Nut ABC. After all, how often do you find cashew nuts (that are ridiculously expensive) in your ABCs cashew nuts?

Tips: You’re in luck if you like having main course come with dessert. At RM17.80, you’ll get a hearty plate of nasi lemak with fried chicken drumstick, sambal prawn and prawns as well as a bowl of their leng chee kang (sweet lotus dessert) variation known as Brilliant’s Dessert.

Things to Expect: Its worth every penny as the Red Bean with Cashew Nut ABC is fulfilling

Best With: Ambarella Sour Plum is one refreshingly tart drink worth trying out.

Price: RM5

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Papparich (Halal)

Papparich’s ABC doesnt stinge on ingredients. — Food Advisor pic

At RM7.90 per bowl, no doubt it is considerably expensive for an ais kacang dessert. But rest assured the Pappa ABC Special with Ice Cream doesn’t skimp on ingredients. Plus, it’s also fulfilling, with generous amounts of red beans, sweet corns, cendol, mixed jelly, gula Melaka and lychee mishmash. Topped with a scoop of ice cream and you get the perfect ais kacang to cool your senses.

Tips: In KL alone, there are currently 23 branches that you can visit to indulge in this dessert.

Things to Expect: You can enjoy ais kacang anytime you want if you stop by at Papparich’s 24-hour outlet nearby Wisma CKE in Jalan Cheras.

Best With: Lychee Cincau

Price: RM7.90

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Onde Onde @ Desa Parkcity (pork-free/alcohol-free)

Onde Onde
Onde Onde’s extensive use of gula melaka makes this place popular among those with sweet cravings. — Food Advisor pic

Onde Onde is a local restaurant that serves authentic Malaysian and Nyonya cuisines. Among the key ingredients found in their menu is the extensive use of gula Melaka, found in some of their delectable desserts such as their mouth-watering ABC gula Melaka – a combination of finely-shaven ice topped with gooey brown syrup and loads of ingredients such as red beans and cendol.

Tips: There is an alfresco section at Onde Onde where you are allowed to bring your pet along.

Things to Expect: Two words: gula Melaka.

Best With: Their kuih onde onde is especially scrumptious.

Price: RM7.90 to RM10.90

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Stall No. 22 Ayer Panas Hawker Centre (pork-free/alcohol-free)

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Try this stall’s unique Hennessy Lor Me and have their ais kacang to complete your meal. — Food Advisor pic

This particular hawker centre is renowned for its unique Hennessy Lor Mee but their ais kacang is equally satisfying. While all the usual ingredients are there as expected, it’s their soft and tender red beans that stand out the most.

Tips: Look for the stall that has plenty of empty Hennessy boxes hanging all over the ceiling.

Things to Expect: Great, yet authentic taste of red beans instead of the typical canned version.

Best With: Have a plate of Hennessy Lor Mee as the main course before finishing your meal with this sensational ais kacang dessert.

Price: RM2.80

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Fatty Loong Ais Kacang (pork-free/alcohol-free)

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Fatty Loong’s ais kacang is a signature dish at this spot. — Food Advisor pic

Located near the T-junction of Jalan Kepong Baru, Fei Zai Long (literally means “Fat Boy Long”) or Fatty Loong is popular among locals for his signature ais kacang. What makes Fatty Loong’s ais kacang a much sought-after dessert is its soft-shaven ice. Unlike the coarse and flaky ones found in most ais kacang stalls, the ice here is so smooth that it glides in easily. The thick and sweet gula Melaka syrup and the generous amount of sweet ingredients blanketed at the bottom of the shaven ice add zing to the dessert! There are red beans, cendol, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, sweet corns and even nata de coco thrown in for a good measure!

Tips: For an additional 50 sen you can request for extra ingredients to go with your ais kacang.

Things to Expect: No artificial syrups are used to make the dessert look colourful.

Best With: Add in some longan to give your ais kacang the extra sweet kick!

Price: RM3

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Jonker Sweets Dessert (pork-free/alcohol-free)

The Jonker Sweets Dessert house lives up to its name. — Food Advisor pic

The Jonker Street in Melaka is famous for its ais kacang and durian cendol, but thankfully you don’t really have to travel that far to get your sweet fix. In fact, you can satisfy your Jonker Street-styled ais kacang and durian cendol cravings in an air-conditioned area while shopping at the Garden Malls in KL.

Tips: The Jonker Sweets Dessert kiosk is located opposite Nyonya Colors on the lower ground floor.

Things to Expect: From the good ol’ ais kacang to durian cendol and mango lolo (shaved ice with mango cubes), you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Best With: Durian Cendol

Price: RM4.50

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Oriental Dessert (pork-free/alcohol-free)

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This ABC can be found Oriental Dessert stall at Lot 10 Hutong food court. — Food Advisor pic

The Lot 10 Hutong food court has some of Malaysia’s best signature street foods such as popiah, beef noodle and Hokkien mee. Apart from all the selection of good food, there is a local dessert stall known as Oriental Dessert and their ais kacang is a must-try! You can expect authentic ais kacang filled with red beans, sweet corns, grass jelly, cendol, peanuts as well as a spoonful of Gula Melaka and rose syrup drizzled all over the shaved ice.

Tips: You can upgrade your ais kacang with some durian topping.

Things to Expect: Try hot desserts like Bubur Pulut Hitam.

Best With: Bubur Cha-Cha.

Price: RM4.50

For more info: http://www.foodadvisor.my/best-ice-kacang-kl

Source: Food Advisor Malaysia

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