Pahang's Signature Dessert
In the state of Pahang, this popular delicacy (sometimes also known as "Puding DiRaja") can be found in some restaurants and food-stalls in the royal town of Pekan.
A favorite appetizer or dessert taken by local folks with their evening tea, this calory-filled cuisine is also normally served during traditional Malay weddings and festivals.Puding Raja is not so much a pudding as a simple dish of bananas with a sauce or gravy of made from milk and cornflour.
"Pisang lemak manis", which is a sweet and rather small type of local banana is usually used as the main ingredient, although other banana varieties are also used.
To add variety and to give a sweeter taste to the dish, other fruits like prunes, cherries and sometimes dates, are also added. A special sweet noodle-like traditional Malay delicacy called "Jala Mas" is also (when available) sometimes added on the bananas.
You will therefore find that some dutiful Malay housewives will prepare Puding Raja as special afternoon tea accompaniments for the husband or family, especially during the week-ends.
All info via Pahang Delights
Question: What is the Difference Between Pudding and Dessert?
According to the old folk, the Bunga Pekan (Brunfelsia Latifolia) flower grows wild at the banks of Pahang River. The river at the Pekan town (near Mengkasar village) is also called Pekan River, however there is no source for the claim that Pekan got its name from this river.
Other sources say the name "Pekan" came from the word "Pekan Sehari". For easier pronunciation, the locals simply called it "Pekan" and the name is still used. (Pekan Sehari or Sunday Market still exists until today)
Pekan town is said to have existed since the 17th century, but no exact date has been verified. Several Arab and Chinese writers mentioned Pekan.
The villagers at Kampong Mengkasar, about one kilometer from Pekan in the direction of Kuantan, are said to be direct descendants of Tok Tuan from Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Among the well-known figures, Tun Abdul Razak was recognized as having a Sulawesi heritage.
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