Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hikayat Sang Gupal

This is probably the best asang gupal I ever tasted in my entire life. This proves innovations to our local cuisine are always a good idea as long as they do not ruin the taste, love, feel, childhood memory associated with it. I always loved asang gupal for its chewy texture first, its taste the second. Asang gupal, sang gupal, asam gumpal, asam gupal, whichever sounds good to you, is made of sago with sweet green bean fillings, served warm or cold with salty and sweet coconut milk. Sometimes it reminds me of Japanese mochi. I reckon there are quite a number of asang gupal varieties that came into into existence throughout Terengganu cultural evolution. I remember I always had my asang gupal bought from Pasor Minggu Dungung always bathed in ginger and fenugreek infused coconut milk. Ginger was mild and fenugreek tossed the aroma of Indian spice shop in the afternoon. This newest version substitutes the traditional ingredients with jackfruit flesh instead. It is sweet, milky, fruity. No spice. I praise the innovator of this unique version because it tastes so good. They even violated the traditional way of rolling the sago dough into fist sized balls by making their asang gupal look like longan or lychee fruit deceiving the taste buds of its confused devourer.

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  1. Asang gupal.. Is also my favourite.. Yet to try the one with jackfruit in it.. From where do get this variation .. If I may ask?

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    1. The jackfruit is in the coconut milk, hence, the coconut milk tastes fruity.

      It is in Kuala Terengganu but I don't know the exact place where it is made.

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    2. the person who made this lives in Pulau Duyong. forgot her name though. Taman Tamadun Islam ordered from this makcik for any events, and my uncle ordered from her too for my cousin's wedding. simply the best asang gupal ive tasted so far. sedakkkkk!

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  2. interesting variant. kena balik ganu again soon.

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  3. SPD: Is this like the rice balls with sesame filling that they served in Chinese restaurant as desserts? Do you know if I can get this is Redang?

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    1. So you're now in Reading ooops I mean Redang? I think I know some Chinese desserts which look like asang gupal. They are made of rice flour, I suppose. During my college days, my Chinese friend once made me some rice balls with Milo (yes, Milo!) filling -- you know lah, college life was hard -- she used Milo instead of the decent green beans LOL. The rice balls were colourful; pale pink, white, and green. The balls were served in a sweet water which I had no idea what it was but it tasted like sugar. The balls' texture were chewy like asang gupal.

      Well Andrea, once you're back at the mainland, you can find traditional variant of asang gupal at Pasar Kedai Payang, Kuala Terengganu. Just asked the Mok Cik at the kuehs stalls, "yang mana asang gupa?" (yep, "gupa", no obvious L).

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  4. Asang Gupa..been a long while since I had that..didn't see any when I was at Cabang 3's paso recently..or I would have bought it..my mother loves that.

    May be on my next trip back to KT I would look for it and other traditional kuihs.

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    1. Like other traditional Terengganu kuehs, asang gupa is a near extinction.

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  5. first time commenting here, and first time heard about this kueh ..like to try it out some day. O, can this kueh be found in Kelantan, coz i'm going there sometime in the near future

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    1. Yes Kelantan and Terengganu are cousins. You can find them at Kelantan markets also.

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  6. Ahhh! Okay... Pahangites call it Asam Gumpal. :P

    It does look like cocktail lychees. Can't recall when was the last time I had it though.

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    1. Pahang is big. I'm very sure it's Kuantan you're talking about. Kuantan has so many Terengganu folks.

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  7. Sir, this is the first time I saw such a kueh or even heard its name. Probably it is the Kueh Sago with Manisan kelapa, one of my favourite but not sure. Anyway it does look tempting and I am sure it taste good too. Have a nice day.

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  8. I have never had this in Pahang inlands. We love our Badak Berendam.

    This looks delightfully delicious though. I can see Ayoh Wang and Chegna itching to have a go at it. Very cheeky of you not to reveal your secret hide out where you found this.

    Cheers!

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    1. The rhinoceros might belong to our Puteri Mandi. :)

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  10. asang gupal(in chinese version)..became my favourite at sudden,since we had asang gupal as dessert at embassy for dato sabree chik(since dato org trg ,i guess) last time visit.

    pok deng,pok deng.. actually, sometimes i'm really wonder how old are you?
    to be honest,i'm your silence reader;))

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    1. I always received that kind of question. I was born on September 1987, sir/ma'am. That means, on this very day June 4th 2012, it will take five months more for me to reach 25. If you thought I was some sort of a middle-aged man or a pre-Independence war veteran, it's an honour to me.

      There are hints all over the blog posts that I am still a young man at heart.

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