Not A Sweet-Tooth? Savour These 6 Alternative ‘Cakes’ Instead
- Cheese Naan Cake At RSMY Best Cheese NaanCheese Naan Cake At RSMY Best Cheese Naan
- Cekodok Cake At SitiLi DiningCekodok Cake At SitiLi Dining
- Siu Yoke Tower From Elsie's Kitchen Or Aunty Q RecipesSiu Yoke Tower From Elsie's Kitchen Or Aunty Q Recipes
- Hamburger Cake At The Red Bean BagHamburger Cake At The Red Bean Bag
- Jelly Cake By AKI 3D Jelly CakeJelly Cake By AKI 3D Jelly Cake
- Nasi Lemak Cake From Cake TogetherNasi Lemak Cake From Cake Together
“It’s too sweet!” is a common utterance from many Malaysians when come face-to-face with cake. Here are 6 alternatives for birthday boys and girls who prefer the savoury side of life:
Cheese Naan Cake At RSMY Best Cheese Naan
No two cheese naans are created equally. While most mamaks scatter a meagre amount of cheese on theirs, RSMY (an acronym for Restoran Selera Malaysia) certainly doesn't skimp on the goods. Mouthwatering webs of cheese will pool on your plate when you pull each fluffy naan apart.
What more epic way to celebrate your birthday than by getting a whole stack?
RSMY Best Cheese Naan |11 & 13, Jalan Medan Tuanku, Medan Tuanku, Kuala Lumpur | 70 & 76, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Crystal Ville, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2697 0700
Cekodok Cake At SitiLi Dining
Shareen and Siti, the darling duo behind Siti Li Dining, are zealous when it comes to keeping their family recipes alive, which includes Siti's cekodok or deep-fried banana balls. Roughly the size of glass marbles, the teatime treats are smaller than what you'd typically get elsewhere, but crunchier, and dangerously easy to snack on as one would with popcorn.
"Malay recipes so varied from region to region, family to family, and hand to hand," said Siti. "Maybe this is why it's so tricky to pen a cookbook on Malay food culture. For our cekodok, we use a mix of bananas; Cavendish bananas alone would make the batter too powdery."
A small bowlful of Siti Li's famed cekodok costs RM15 whereas a dressed up 'cake' will set you back by RM75. Ramadan special: Priced at RM50, takeaway boxes of cekodok are available for pick up between 4.30-6pm.
Siu Yoke Tower From Elsie's Kitchen Or Aunty Q Recipes
Photo: Aunty Q Recipes
Photo: Elsie's Kitchen
A non-halal option, the siu yoke or crackling pork 'cake' at Aunty Q Recipes (based in Penang) and Elsie's Kitchen (based in Petaling Jaya) are bound to please fans of porcine dishes.
Aunty Q charges between RM58-196 depending on the number of guests you need to feed (from 5 to 20 pax), whereas each platter from Elsie's Kitchen is charged by the weight (RM18 for every 100 grams) and served with dipping sambal on the side.
Elsie’s Kitchen by WanEli | AG-6, Gound floor, Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya | 012-297 3202
Hamburger Cake At The Red Bean Bag
Brunch specialists The Red Beanbag are able to upsize their standard burger for special occasions. The burger of Brobdingnagian proportions is priced at upwards of RM200. "It's expensive," shrugs head chef Muhammad Fhaizal. "But each burger contains 2 kilograms worth of minced beef and loads of condiments."
Now did you want fries with that?
Jelly Cake By AKI 3D Jelly Cake
Agar-agar (vegan) or gelatin (animal-based) is an essential ingredient in jelly cakes, a healthier and less cloying alternative to the buttercream-slathered variety. An advocate of the former, cake artisan Aki is known for her stunning creations with mindboggling details, flora and fauna being her favourite subject.
Nasi Lemak Cake From Cake Together
A godsend for those in the habit of doing things at the last minute, Cake Together is an online curator of cakes lovingly made by home bakers. The online store carries not one but two kinds of nasi lemak cakes — one is crowned with a petai and prawn sambal whereas the other is adorned with hardboiled eggs and crispy anchovies.