Ais kacang (Malay pronunciation: [aɪs ˈkatʃaŋ]), literally meaning "bean ice", also commonly known as ABC (acronym for Air Batu Campur [air ˈbatu tʃamˈpʊr], meaning "mixed ice"), is a Malaysian dessert which is also common in Singapore (where it is called ice kachang) and Brunei.
|Place of origin||Malaysia|
|Region or state||Southeast Asia|
|Associated national cuisine||Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei|
|Created by||Malaysian Malay|
|Main ingredients||Shaved ice, red beans|
Traditionally, an ice shaving machine is used to churn out the shaved ice used in the dessert, originally hand cranked but now more often motorised. Many Southeast Asian coffee shops, hawker centres, and food courts offer this dessert.
Ice kacang was originally made of only shaved ice and red beans, though the number and diversity of ingredients has since expanded. Today, ais kacang generally comes in bright colours, and with different fruit cocktails and dressings.
In Malaysia, almost all variants now contain a large serving of attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts and cubes of agar agar as common ingredients. Other less-common ingredients include aloe vera, cendol, nata de coco, or ice cream. A final topping of evaporated milk, condensed milk, or coconut milk is drizzled over the mountain of ice along with red rose syrup and sarsi syrup. Some stalls have even introduced novelty toppings such as durian, and chocolate syrup. There are also versions that shun the multi-coloured syrup and are served with just a drizzling of palm sugar syrup instead.
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- Es campur – a similar dessert from Indonesia
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- Grattachecca – a similar dessert from Italy
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- Kakigōri – a similar dessert from Japan
- Patbingsu – a similar dessert from Korea
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