Of course, these can still be found in places like Bugis Street, Chinatown, Pasar Malams, the occasional cart here and there, and in various parts of Malaysia, but it’s nice to relive these memories anyway.
1. Ding Dang Tang, also known as kok kok candy, which gets its name from the sound made when hacking the candy apart into manageable, edible pieces – often in front of the buyer.
2. Muah Chee – a yummy snack made up of sticky glutinous rice pieces in ground peanut and sugar.
3. Dragon Beard – a sticky and delicious snack comprising a sweet peanut filling wrapped in threaded sugar.
There’s even a Facebook page dedicated to it: https://www.facebook.com/DragonBeardCandySingapore
4. Steamed rice cakes. Soft, fluffy and sweet, these rainbow rice cakes are a favourite among kids and adults alike.
5. Ice balls – sort of like your regular Ice Kachang, but without the added ingredients below the ice – plus you eat them with nothing but your hands because back then, hygiene concerns weren’t yet concerns heh.
7. Gao Lak – Chestnuts roasted on wooden pushcarts. They probably fell out of fashion when littering laws came into effect and tossing the chestnut shells behind you as you walked would earn you a fine – I know because I had such great fun peeling and littering chestnut shells all over the place when I was in China.
8. Tutu Kueh – A rice flour kueh with shredded coconut or peanut fillings.
9. Cup Corn – Basically steamed corn in a cup, with lots and lots of salt and butter ^^
10. Kachang Puteh – Awesomeness in rolled up paper. That is all.
11. Lu Dan – I’m not sure what to call this in english… I suppose the closest would be… Brown stewed eggs? Lol. Lu dan sounds better.
12. Ondeh Ondeh – Green rice balls coated in coconut shavings filled with gula melaka (palm sugar) that bursts in your mouth.
13. Satay sticks – Sticks of meat grilled right in front of you.
14. Curry puffs – Basically heaven.
15. Tau Huay – A beancurd dish that didn’t used to be a solid like the popular Lao Ban variety today. It is traditionally melt-in-your-mouth soft, served in sugar water, sometimes with peanut dumplings (tang yuan).
16. Deep fried dough – you tiao, butterfly buns, salted buns etc
17. Kiam Sng Tee – dried/preserved fruit
18. And the all-time favourite… Ramly Burgers ^^
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