Saturday, June 14, 2008

Teh Tarik (Malaysian "Pulled" Milk Tea) and Pandan Kaya (Malaysian Screwpine Leaves and Coconut Jam)

When the folks at Asian Supermarket 365 asked if there were any products in particular that I wanted to try, I had some idea in mind based upon what I had read on various food blogs. I first heard of kaya spread from Tigerfish of Teczcape, who made a kaya and butter sandwich. She said it's a common breakfast or snack in Singapore too. Coconut jam spread on toast sounded intriguing. So I definitely knew I wanted to try some when given the opportunity.
Teh Tarik and Kaya Spread 1
So I had a nice afternoon tea for one with a packet of Aik Cheong brand Teh Tarik, $5.99 for 15 sachets, and ChanHong Pandan Kaya-Coconut Spread, $3.39 for a 400 g jar. The tea, a blend of black tea with non-dairy creamer and sugar, was very smooth. Each packet makes a big cup of tea, I just poured half into a smaller teacup for a prettier photo. The pandan kaya spread tasted like sweet eggy coconut milk. I think when I make the pandan chiffon cake, this will make a nice filling between layers.
Teh Tarik and Kaya Spread 2
I was trying to figure out where to categorize my posts from the bounty of Malaysian and Indonesian goodies I got from Asian Supermarket 365. I do think they do provide a valuable service for many people who might not have access to such products. I think the best way is to simply include links to the posts when I prepare a package, like this one, but on that list in my Terrible Twos post since I already had each product typed out. Blah. Blah. Blah. You wanna hear who won right? The winners of the three $10 vouchers from Asian Supermarket 365 are: Vicki of A Work in Progress Ning of Heart and Hearth and Hong P. of Secret Garden Studios And the winners of one item from my "backlist" of recipes are: Hong P. (What can I say, he literally paid to double his chances. Thanks for the donation to my Figs with Bri fundraiser!) Jonathan of Days of the Dragon Hedgehog of Diary of a Novice Cook Please email wanderingchopsticks (at) gmail (dot) com so I can send you the online code for your vouchers. Of course, you are under no obligation to blog or write about their products, but the folks at Asian Supermarket 365 would appreciate it if you do. For the winners of my prize, please send me your mailing address, the item of your choice in case you changed your mind from what you commented on before, and I'll send it off when I get a chance. If you didn't win, for a $10 donation to my Figs with Bri fundraiser, you can get a chance at 5 items of your choice. Deadline is June 30. For those of you who didn't win the vouchers, the folks at Asian Supermarket 365 have nicely offered a 3% discount to Wandering Chopsticks readers, just enter code "WC30608A" at checkout. Expiration date is June 30, 2008. If the discount is popular with my readers, they said they might extend the expiration date. ***** 1 year ago today, and we had a winner at last year's drawing too. 2 years ago today, still my favorite Hong Kong-style cafe, Baccali Cafe & Rotisserie - Alhambra.


  1. Wow!! I've never won anything before--thanks Wandering Chopsticks!

  2. How cool! The products you used for your afternoon tea I never have eaten or tasted before.
    I remember Teh Tarik from the blog "Food Makes Me Happy" by Cindy Lo. She talked about it on her post on Taiwan's night scene. I wonder how you made your pulled tea with the teabag...
    Again, great photos! Personally I like your Kaya Spread photo on the bread than the photo of the coconut Jam on the jar. The jar photo looks so clear colored (the jam) and artifical looking, but yours looks scrumptious and intriguing! Nice teacup and plate by the way...

  3. have a huge dollop of kaya on the bread. In singapore, bread is usually toasted, then slathered with butter and some kaya. Try this combi!

  4. Yumzz! Kaya toast + teh tarik + 2 half-boiled eggs = perfect breakfast!

  5. WOW!!!
    Am so happy, happy, happy!!! :)
    I've never won anything either. This is my first time. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  6. We also have a Philippine version of Kaya - we call the Coconut Jam. It is a bit darker shade than the Malaysian version. Probably because it uses brown sugar or molasses as sweetener. We also slather a lot on our toast. It's so yummy, most kids would often eat it right out of the jar. :)

    - Ning

  7. Hong,
    Thanks for reading and for donating to Figs with Bri.

    I didn't really "pull" the tea. Just swished it around. :P Thanks for the compliment on my photo. I'm not the best photographer. The teacup and plate were thrift store finds. :)

    I did toast the bread. No butter though.

    Half-boiled eggs. I saw Tigerfish do that once!

    I hope you enjoy using your voucher. That's nice to know there's a Filipino version as well.

  8. the singaporeans love their kaya.

  9. All you need now is soft-boiled eggs with some soy sauce, and you'll have a typical Singaporean breakfast. My husband loves Kaya. He puts them on waffles.

  10. Tania,
    That they do I'm finding out from this post.

    Hakka House,
    Yes, that's what Precious Pea said. I didn't know that kaya and toast and soft-boiled eggs was such a breakfast combo.


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