Basic Icy ABC

Need something straightforward, truly cool and reviving? What about the less expensive however no less delectable rendition of frozen yogurt. Indeed, I'm discussing enhanced shaved ice. Its simple and amusing to make. ABC, another way to say “air batu campur”, is the Malaysian rendition of the well known enhanced shaved ice. “Air batu” in Malay signifies “stone water” and alludes to hinder ice, while “campur” signifies “blended”. The essential elements of ABC would involve shaved ice, a jam like substance, a few nuts, and a syrup. The current fancier variants are only varieties of the essential ABC formula.

The regular jam like substances utilized in ABC are “cincau” and “cendol”. “Cincau”, generally clear dark in shading, is made by bubbling stalks and leaves of Mesona chinensis (an individual from the mint family) with potassium carbonate, at that point cooled into solid shapes. Subsequent to dicing into more modest 3D shapes, the jam is prevalently overcome with a syrup drink, and is an absolute necessity during the Muslim fasting time of Ramadhan. Without anyone else, the jam has a marginally harsh taste yet is supported for its cooling properties.

“Cendol” is a conventional sweet involving coconut milk, a worm-like jam produced using rice flour with green food shading, shaved ice and palm sugar. Palm sugar, produced using the sweet sap of the date palm, is picked because of its rich caramel-like flavor. This gives the sweet a remarkable rich sweet taste. “Cendol” is simply not “cendol” without the green worm-like jam, as shaved ice, coconut milk and palm sugar are regular head elements for other customary Malaysian desserts.

A assortment of syrups, especially the rose-seasoned kind, and palm sugar are the principle sugars, while vanished or consolidated milk were subsequently added to give ABC an extra rich flavor. Another name for ABC is “Ice Kacang”, which signifies “frosted nuts” in Malay. This was presumably because of the presence of cooked peanuts and red beans.

Flavored shaved ice isn't just well known in Malaysia yet all over Asia. It is called Kakigori in Japan, Halo in the Phillippines, Bingsu in South Korea, and Baobing in Taiwan. Things being what they are, how would you make ice shavings? Harking back to the 60s and 70s, road merchants would utilize a hand-wrenched ice shaver to transform enormous squares of ice into snowflake-like ice shavings. These days, more refined machines produce better and more slender ice shavings.

ABC (ice kacang) formula (serves 1):

1 cup ice blocks or squashed ice.


  • Any neighborhood brand Rose seasoned syrup (F&N or others) or Hershey's strawberry enhanced syrup.
  • Palm sugar (if available).


  • 1 tbsp dense milk or dissipated milk
  • 1 tbsp canned red beans
  • 1 tbsp canned sweet corn
  • 1 tbsp “cincau” (grass jam) pieces
  • 1 tbsp “cendol” (if available)
  • 1 tpsp simmered peanuts


  • Prepare the shaved ice by utilizing an ice shaving machine or a blender.
  • Transfer the shaved ice to a bowl and add 1 tbsp syrup, trailed by every one of the fixing fixings. Serve immediately.

There are numerous adaptations of ABC, restricted exclusively by your creative mind. Go ahead and explore and find the miracle of ABC. Basically delicious!

Source by Zainal Nazam Mohd Noor

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