Recommendation by Lemi
Head to Sungai Ara Market to find kuih bakul (Malaysian term for nian gao) made the old-fashioned way! It’s a laborious method which involves soaking the rice overnight, mixing it with sugar, kneading it as a dough, pouring it into molds, then watching it closely as it steams until it turns brown. To preserve the traditional taste of kuih bakul, the makers use white sugar instead of caramelized or brown sugar for the dough and line the molds used for cooking with banana leaves. Only a few hundred cakes are made each time; and are only sold on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Tingkat Sungai Ara 1, Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia