Layered Sarawakian Specialties

Today we are going to showcase two Sarawak specialties, made using the Royal Selangor Jelly Moulds. The first is something that has caught on all over Malaysia—the three layer tea (thanks Babe in KL for reminding us to do this!). Yes, this lovely concoction was first created in Kuching, Sarawak. The second is a no-bake cheese cracker cake that I was introduced to by a coworker.

Three Layer Tea Jelly and No-Bake Cheese Cracker Cake

Layered Sarawakian Specialties 

Complex but Easy

When Nate and I first got back to Malaysia two years ago, my cousin insisted that we try this three layer tea which consisted of black tea with a layer of milk and another layer of palm sugar.  When Nate’s three layer tea came, he didn’t know that he was supposed to mix it all up before drinking it, so he just sucked it up and got himself a mouthful of gula Melaka and almost gagged on the over-sweetness of it all. Of course, done correctly, the smoky sweetness of the gula lends this tea a wonderful complexity that milk tea on its own just doesn’t have.

The three layer tea is easy to make.  It basically involves brewing tea, adding some milk and then chopping up some gula Melaka. To make this into a jelly, I had to consider that the three layers were not going to get mixed up BUT the gula Melaka layer would still be considerably sweeter. I made the black tea, and milk tea portions less sweet and also used Splenda as a substitute for sugar to compensate for the gula Melaka in the bottom.

Three Layer Tea Jelly

Three layer tea jelly

1 teabag of afternoon tea
1 cup hot water
3 packs of Splenda
1.5 tsp konnyaku powder, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp chopped palm sugar

1. Brew the tea in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Add one pack of Splenda to brewed tea. Remove teabag and add 1/2 tsp konnyaku powder and stir till dissolved. Divide the tea into two moulds, saving about 1/4 cup to mix with the milk layer. Place the moulds into the fridge to set.

2. Add milk to the leftover tea and microwave for 1 minute to warm up the tea (it has probably set while waiting). Add two packets of Splenda and another 1/2 tsp of konnyaku powder. Stir to dissolve. If the konnyaku powder won’t dissolve, heat the milk in the microwave for another minute and stir mixture. Divide the milk layer equally between the two moulds and gently pour the milk layer over the tea layer. Place mould back in the fridge to set.

3. Set the half cup of water in a small pot to boil.  Add the palm sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the other 1/2 tsp konnyaku powder to the sugar and stir to dissolve. Divide the palm sugar layer in two and pour over the milk layer. Return mould to fridge to set.

Unmould and enjoy!

3 Layer Tea Jelly

A New Discovery for Me

The second specialty that I’m going to show today is another layer cake, called the Cheese Cracker Cake. It’s not especially unique to Sarawak in the same way that the colorful kek lapis layer cakes are, but it is a layer cake and I recently discovered it when a friend shared the cake during Aidil Fitri. She also graciously got the recipe for me so I could give it a try myself.

No-Bake Cheese Cracker Cake

No-bake Cheese Cracker Cake

The cake itself has only five ingredients. Simple right? It is except that the work is in the layering. I ended up making the cake in the mould, and then one other separate cake in a loaf pan. It was yummy so do give it a go if you have a chance.

Cheese Cracker Cake

Prep time: 1 hr 30 min / Total Time: 4 hrs

makes enough for one Royal Selangor mould and one large loaf pan

250g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
1 can (388g) condensed milk
60 g butter, softened
3 packs of Cheese Cracker biscuits
6 Tbsp Nestum

1. Beat condensed milk with butter until creamy. Add cream cheese and beat till just incorporated. Do not overmix.

2a. Spray Royal Selangor mould with vegetable spray and then coat with Nestum. Drop a quarter tsp cream cheese mix at the bottom and cover with a small piece of cracker (broken to fit), continue to layer with cream cheese (increasing the amount to coat the entire surface of cracker) followed by increasingly larger pieces of crackers in a single layer. Finish with a layer of cream cheese mix and top with more Nestum. Place in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to set.

Assembling No Bake Cheesecake

2b. In the loaf pan, line loaf pan with parchment, then start by placing one layer of cracker. Cover that layer with a layer of cream cheese mix. Repeat layers and finish with a final layer of cream cheese. Top with Nestum. Place in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to set.

Unmould and enjoy!

Cheese Cracker Cake Layers

Cheese Cracker Cake Layers

This was more of a problem to make than the three layer tea. Ever tried sticking a square peg into a round hole? Yeah, I had this issue going for me while making this cake because this cheese cracker cake calls for cheese crackers (d’uh!) which are rectangular in shape and which would be layered with a cream cheese/condensed milk. I had to whittle off bits to fit the crackers in the mould, breaking many crackers in the process. Thankfully, as you can see from the cut cake, it didn’t turn out too bad.

Cheers, Annie

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2 Comments Post a Comment
  1. babe_kl says:

    YAY!!! Thanks for taking in my suggestion to show case a bit of Kuching in this challenge. Well done both of you!

  2. wow!! so you have 2 creations!! Both is my fav..The three layer tea jelly…we call it as Teh-C in JB..It quite costly..about RM4 per glass and using a special palm sugar frm Sarawak.Another creation which never cross in my mind that we can turn it to be a Jelly..and as for the cheese crackers..phewww….I know this one is gonna be so delicious and DOUBLE cheeses..who dont like cheese here? hahahaha

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