Yam Snowy Ice and Yin-Yang Paste
Say ‘Iced Kacang’ and anyone in Singapore, the locals, even foreigners, will know it. With the steamy hot tropical climate here, what’s been especially trending in recent years is what is referred to as ‘snowy ice’ – ice shaved into strips. Countless flavours abound, from chocolate, to mint, purple yam to cookies and cream. The yam snowy ice also comes served with glutinous jelly, chewy mochi balls and yam paste on the side. In Singapore, Ji De Chi Dessert is especially known for its dessert café outlets and they have a wide variety of yam snowy ice choices on their menu. Hot, cold, cooling, sinful – you name it, they have it.
One of my favourite desserts is Yin-Yang Paste, which is easily recognisable from its depiction of the traditional black and white Yin-Yang symbol. The “Yin” is made of sesame paste whereas the “Yang” made is of almond paste and both are supposed to be depicted in equally balanced amounts (although, in the photo above, my dessert server went a little overboard with the almond paste). Sesame paste possesses many health and nutritional benefits, with older Chinese folks saying that eating sesame paste enhances one’s strong, black hair – which I choose to personally believe. Almond paste, on the other hand, is believed to be beneficial for the skin!