I am sure Malaysians know what these are. These 2 sweets are my childhood favourites. I don’t know if you can get them elsewhere, so if you have something similar in your country, please let me know! First, I’d like to show you a candy made of palm sugar. Some people call it coconut candy, some call it gula-gula kelapa, but I call it coconut sweet!
Aren’t they colourful? The caramel-like candy is absolutely delicious, sweet, creamy and sinful. This is also my grandmother’s and my mother’s favourite, and is fast becoming my children’s favourite too. Some have the luxury to have these homemade, but I prefer to pay a small fee in place of the hassle of cooking and cleaning.
Another one I have been enjoying with Le Hubs is kacang tumbuk. If I translate it literally, kacang means nuts and tumbuk means punch. However, in context, it should mean crushed (please correct me if I’m wrong. Malay language wasn’t one of my stronger subjects). I laughed out loud to think that the literal translation of this heavenly snack is called “crushed nuts”. Please also let me know if there is a better word for it. I googled the name in English, and I got Barley Peanut Candy. In all seriousness, I think we’d all remember Crushed Nuts better. They are usually wrapped individually and you get about 9 in a pack.
It can get quite messy if you try to be ladylike when eating this, so I like to put the whole thing into my mouth. Yes, I am a glutton. Let me show you what it looks like out of the white wrapper.
Peanuts, sugar, molasses. All in a bite sized snack. It can get all sticky in your mouth, and the peanuts will get into corners of your mouth that you never knew existed, but these are delish. These are so light and fluffy, they melt in your mouth, making you want more. I remember tasting baklava the first time and it reminded me of these kacang tumbuk. Of course, the baklava is more elaborate and more ‘evolved’ (?) but both are delicious.
What is your favourite candy? Do you have these in your country, or do you have anything similar?