Last weekend we stumbled upon this stall in Batu Caves called Umiekok that sells freshly baked kuih akok.
Akok is a type of traditional Malay cake that is popular in the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu. It’s like a cross between omelette and pancake, soft and sweet with a creamy center that tastes similar to custard.
We were told that akok is more commonly sold during Ramadhan bazaar so Umiekok is probably the only place where you can get this unique kuih on a daily basis.
The stall is opened by Dean, a young Kelantanese who is also completing his tertiary studies at a nearby university.
One thing that makes his akok special is that he still bakes them traditionally with charcoal, while most have already moved on to use electric ovens and gas powered grills.
The recipe used for his akok is a family one which has been handed down through many generations. But since he learned how to make akok from his mother, he named his stall Umiekok, in which umie means mother.
The ingredients and composition in the batter used by every trader is different, but Dean mixes his with eggs, flour, Gula Melaka, pandan and coconut milk.
Because of the presence of Gula Melaka, his batter is slightly darker in colour and the cooked akok is brownish. After the batter fills the brass mould, it starts to rise while being cooked and the aroma is simply wonderful. It smelled kind of similar to kuih kapit – eggy accompanied with fragrance of coconut.
For RM4 you get 5 pieces of akok which is just nice to enjoy either as breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert at night. While eating, we can’t help but feel akok is the perfect thing to pair with a cup of coffee.
If you happen to be around Batu Caves, this unique kuih is well worth seeking out. I am sure you will like it as much as we did.
Umiekok Kuih Akok (near 99 Speedmart)
Jalan SG 1/2, Taman Sri Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves
Tel: 014-666 6820
Business hours: 9am – 7pm (closed on Fridays)