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Bejewelled Kaya Cake

Tanka Verses to A Peranakan Snack

By Michelle LiewPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

The straits fervour within me prompts me to introduce everyone to a Peranakan go-to snack: Kaya cake. Everyone has a different version of it. My Nonya grandmother prepared hers by layering rich Kaya on top of an equally decadent layer of rice. 

I died and went to heaven. That's how one feels after eating a slice of this baked phenomenon. The layer of Kaya gives one the sweet lift one needs at breakfast or tea time, while the sticky rice below, like jewels, gives this snack a burst of savoury zest. What can I say? When combined, there is an explosion of flavour in one's mouth. (Note that teeth are jewels too).

Enjoy these tanka verses to the Kaya Cake. 

Soft, green, viscous field

Sweet grass teases open cave

Closes, when two meet

Eager rumbling inside

A passionate explosion

Felt in recesses.

Blue-white, pearls divine

A rich, jewelled layer fine

Meets more pearls, so satisfied

Wondrous jewels now combined

In thunderous merger. 


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 Segarran2 months ago

    Oooo, here we call this Kuih Seri Muka. Loved your poem!

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