November 23, 2014
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Ondeh-ondeh c/o Mr Ibrahim's hospitality at his traditional house in Kampung Morten
Ondeh-ondeh is one of the many variations of kuih (confection) in Malaysia. Made from glutinous rice flour, mashed sweet potato and tapioca flour, then filled with palm sugar, and covered in desiccated coconut. It’s their pichi-pichi in looks and taste, minus the sweet burst of palm sugar at the core which I’m so fond about the ondeh-ondeh. See, even the name repetition of Filipino kakanin pichi-pichi is another similarity to the kuih.
Fallen fruits of Melaka tree
Pertaining to the kuih’s green color and round shape, there’s a reason for that, which made it distinctly Melakan.
I'm pretending to be Parameswara looking up at this Melaka tree
Notably, ondeh-ondeh’s other name is Buah Melaka (translated as Melaka Fruit). So the kuih got its name and appearance from Melaka fruit like how the Melaka State got its name from Melaka tree.
My host says Melaka fruit is not edible
Ondeh-ondeh's ad somewhere at Jonker street
May 22, 2014
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Not far from mochi taste at all
Looks like Philippine kakanin (rice cake) with its sticky rice and unidentified leaf packaging. However, it has bean paste filling which is very common in traditional confections of Japan.
A box of 10 streetcar cakes
Omiyage culture of Japan is akin to the oleh-oleh habit of Indonesians and the customary pasalubong in the Philippines.
A wrapping paper for the streetcar box with cute map of the Toden Arakawa Line
A souvenir from a trip is something you buy for yourself while an omiyage (or oleh-oleh or pasalubong) is something you buy for others. Normally something edible, a food specialty.
Five streetcar designs
Whereas the oleh-oleh and pasalubong have normal packaging, Japanese cuteness reflects on its omiyage packaging. So cute. So kawaii.
A streetcar box for the streetcar cake
Streetcar cake. Wafer-like on the outside with red bean paste filling. It's like mochi or hopia
Candies packaged like ekiben from a confectionery shop in Kawagoe
More candies in cute packaging