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19 Oct 2012

Kek Seng Ice Kacang @ Penang Road, Penang

Penang [檳城] • 19 OCTOBER 2012
Shaved ice is very popular in Malaysia; called Ice Kacang (in Penang) or simply ABC elsewhere in Malaysia, it’s a popular dessert commonly sold by street vendors. In a hot and humid country like Malaysia, nothing beats the icy cold and pleasant dessert that soothes the throat and cools down the body. Plus, everyone loves the sweet-tasting shaved ice, with numerous toppings such as red beans, creamy sweet corn, grass jelly, attap chee (palm nuts), etc. You can also add ice cream, fruits, peanuts, and/or raisins…

There are plenty of ice kacang (shaved ice) with many variations in town but there is one ice kacang that really stands through time and it is found in Kek Seng coffee shop. It is located along Penang Road in Georgetown and has been in business for many years.


Many people will agree that Kek Seng is the best place for ice kacang with its signature homemade colorful agar-agar jelly and durian ice cream besides other toppings of red bean and jagung (creamy corn). The bowl of ice kacang is drenched with colorful sweet sugar syrup and dose with evaporated milk.


Plate of ice kacang with two choices of ice cream RM4.50

This shoplot coffee shop still retained part of the ‘kocha’ (olden day) look and feel with the all-wood booths sitting places. They look pretty much the same as it was many years ago.Other hawker food available in the coffee shop remains the same as before with the assam laksa, chicken rice and lorbak except the koay teow thng. 



Shaved ice has certainly become more popular in the United States now, with Chinese (Taiwanese) dessert shops sprouting all over Chinatown or Asian suburbs. It’s a great alternative to the likes of frozen yogurt, ice cream, or sorbet. Try it out!


Kek Seng Coffee Shop
382 – 384 Penang Road
10000 Penang
Business Hour : 11am – 4.30pm

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