These Malaysian youths are saving traditional malay kuihs with a cookbook of 80 recipes

As much as we hate to admit it, kuih is no longer a crucial part of our lives because there are so many more convenient snacks and desserts to reach out for these days. But oh how sad would it be if one day, kuih were to be gone from our lives. Lucky for some of us, the FriedChilies team are doing their part in saving the “kuih kulture”.


FriedChilies Team Malaysia

The team, FriedChillies, are known for their recipe videos and Malaysian food hunt articles on Very familiar with the F&B scene in Malaysia, they discovered that there were less chefs and food influencers serving or covering the local traditional kuih.As a result, some of the kuih recipes are on the brink of extinction as more of the country’s makciks and neneks  continue to retire from their old-school kitchens. (Recipes also can extinct ok guys?)

What They’re Doing

To prevent the traditional kuih apocalypse, the FriedChilies team have taken things into their own hands and gathered age-old recipes from all parts of Malaysia. They just published their first instalment of their kuih hunt – Around West Coast Malaysia in 80 Kuih. The recipe books are available at Yayasan Hasanah.

The Cookbook is titled: Around West Coast Malaysia in 80 Kuih.

That’s a real clever play on the ‘Around the World in 80 days’ title of the book by Jules Verne!

My first thought: “There’s 80 types of kuih just from half of Malaysia??? That’s a lot!”According to the FriedChilies founder, “Kuih is anything you don’t eat as a main meal.” Looks like her definition is wider than what we usually refer to as kuih. It’s a great thing because the recipe book covers other appetisers and desserts such as bubur and pengat.

Here are some of the recipes that they will be covering.

Project Kwih Recipe BookProject Kwih Recipe BookKuih Cara BerlaukKuih Cara BerlaukKuih KerasKuih KerasSomsomSomsom

Can you name them, or have you, like me, lost the ability to identify these as well?Answers: (Left to right) Bahulu, Kuih Berlauk, Kuih Karas, Serak Jagung, Arissa, Som Som Gula MelakaAround West Coast Malaysia in 80 Kuih is available at Yayasan Hasanah (Tel: +60 2272 6400).For selected recipes and instructional videos, visit

You can check out the FriedChilies website here OR read the original article here and find out more about the kuih we just mentioned.


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