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An Epulaeryu to Ice Kachang

A dessert poem to my favourite dessert!

By Michelle LiewPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read

Living in, or surviving in, a tropical country entails eating cold desserts. And so I have depended on them since I was a child. 

Ice Kachang is a Southeast Asian resident's answer to a hot day. A chilled, colourful mountain filled with grass jelly, green jelly, red bean, corn, and a chestnut-brown local fruit known as attap chee, it comforts the soul and beats the heat. Top it off with condensed milk, and one comes up with a sweet treat that teases the tastebuds. 

Enjoy this Epulaeryu dedicated to Ice Kachang. An epulaeryu, for those not so familiar with this not-often-used poetic form, is a short verse that has food as its primary theme.

An Epulaeryu consists of seven lines in total.

Syllable Count: Each line follows a specific syllable count:

The first line has seven syllables.

The second line has ten syllables.

The third line has seven syllables.

The fourth line has seven syllables.

The fifth line has ten syllables.

The sixth line has seven syllables.

The seventh line, also known as the "dessert line," summarizes the feeling or experience of the food and contains seven syllables.

Here is one. 


A vibrant icy mountain,

Red roses, kindling love, line its peak

Green foilage dots its ridges

Yellow sunset teases edges

Warm, white river covers its rolling stones

A rich, brown, crown at its peak

One climbs and reaches heaven. 


About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran3 months ago

    Omgggg, ice kacang and cendol are my favouriteeee! Also, I've never heard of epulaeryu before! So fascinating

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