PETALING JAYA: If you love making your own desserts and kuih, here is some advice you may wish to consider.
Unless you really know your stuff, take extra care when trying to whip up home-made caramel pudding, curry puff, kuih seri muka, kek batik or kuih tepung pelita.
These five tasty delights are what Malaysians have failed most at in their attempts to cook and bake up a storm, according to an analysis of postings in a wildly popular Facebook group set up to celebrate our domestic culinary disasters.
Set up on April 14, the “Masak Apa Tak Jadi Hari Ni" official Facebook group invites members to upload their funny kitchen failures.
It's proven to be a hit with Malaysians stuck at home under the movement control order (MCO), drawing a whopping 1.8 million likes and even a mention by the Prime Minister during his special televised address to the nation on April 23.
The group now boasts more than 1,000 posts comprising photos, video clips and stories of all that can go awry when you try out a recipe for the first time.
More than half the posts detail failed attempts at making kuih and other desserts, staple favourites of many Malaysians at Ramadan bazaars but which many are now forced to make themselves due to the MCO.
The rest features attempts at seafood dishes, fried chicken and even steamed rice that all went wrong.
Caramel pudding and curry puff were the two top failures in the dessert and kuih category, garnering more than 100 posts in total.
Others include kuih seri muka, kek batik, tepung pelita and assorted cakes.
Often, the failed kuih and desserts would turn out hard as a rock, flat or burnt to a crisp.
Some came out downright scary.
A photo posted by group member Noor Syahida Sapuan on April 24, for example, was of a chocolate cake that came out of the oven with a texture and appearance eerily similar to brains.
The post garnered over 110,000 likes, 8,500 comments and 1,700 shares to date, with some commenters saying that they would not dare eat it.
The group is not just about poking fun at failed attempts, though.
Experienced cooks occasionally post or give tips on how to make sure recipes turn out right.
Some members share recipes for relatively less popular or known traditional food such fried durian flowers with anchovies, “Jengkol rendang” and “umbut kelapa sawit” (oil palm trunk).
Members who wish to post to the group are required to follow a set of rules.
They are also not allowed to post inflammatory comments or deliberately spoil their food in order to post to the group.
Check out these ten recipes from Kuali for the best home-made kuih and desserts!