Kuih Keria is a unique Malay style donut that is more commonly found in Melaka. It is basically deep fried sweet potato dough covered in sweet Gula Melaka glaze.
Depending on the recipe of choice, sometimes honey and a mix of rock sugar and caster sugar are used instead. When done right, the donut is slight crispy on the edges, fibrous but soft on the inside.
In Melaka, there are two overwhelmingly popular shops that sell kuih keria. And the peculiar thing is, both of them are located directly opposite each other and also use the name ‘Kuih Keria Antarabangsa’. As you would have probably guessed, they used to be related but I won’t be going into details about that.
For those who don’t mind the wait, both Kuih Keria Antarabangsa shops are great choices. But if you want to know how Kuih Keria tastes like minus the queue and frustration, then you can head to Kuih Keria Abang Botek where the kuih keria here is cheaper (3pcs for RM1 instead of 60 cents/pc) and taste as good as it could.
The stall is located in Kampung Sungai Putat where Mango Float Royale and Mee Kari Sungai Putat can also be found.
Although kuih keria is a cheap snack, a lot of work goes into making each and every one of them. First, sweet potato needs to be steamed and squashed into pulps using a machine. Then, they are mixed with flour into dough and shaped into donut like circles.
While they are being deep fried, a block of palm sugar is melted in another wok. Some stalls might cut cost by mixing white sugar but from what observed, only Gula Melaka is used here which explains the tastiness.
After being deep fried for about 30-40 minutes, the cooked donuts are poured into the wok containing the melted Gula Melaka to be given a vigorous toss for an even coating of glaze. As you can see, the entire process is hand made except for the part where they squashed the sweet potatoes.
Kuih Keria Abang Botek
Pintu Gerbang Kampung Sungai Putat, Batu Berendam, Melaka
Tel: 016-917 6915
Business hours: 11am – 7pm, closed on Mondays