I’m not much of a story teller or even pretend I am anywhere good at it. So for the most part of what I want to share here, I’m delighted to quote what has been eloquently written about Cheng Teng (also referred to as Cheng Tng) by Lianhe Zaobao Sunday, translated in Makansutra Forum. Some people love Ice Kacang I dig Cheng Teng more than any other cold desserts when I travel. This photo was taken at Food Republic Pavilion Kuala Lumpur on July 23 right after the Bukit Bintang Fashion Carnival.
Long before your time, in the province of Teochew, the Teochews made special soup called “5 Fruits Soup” to get rid of the humidity during the long Summers back in China. They use Longans, Ginko Nuts, Barley, 莲子 Lian Zi and 百合 Bai He to make a special brew. When the Teochews came to Nanyang, they discovered that there is no 4 seasons here. Everyday is hot and wet. Hence, this 5 Fruit Soup became more of a dessert then a brew. And the Teowchews even added more ingredients from Nanyang, such as Agar Agar strips, Sago, Cai-Yan etc etc which exceeded the 5 fruits originally used. The Cheng Tng of early days were full of ingredients and the sweetnesses of the soup was tweaked to allow individual to suit his own tastebud. The 1st Generation of Cheng Tng stalls operated by Teochews were situated right at 乌桥头. This dessert was especially cooling for the coolies who worked at the quay.
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