Remember the traditional Nine-Layer Kueh (九层糕) ?
When we were kids, these came with alternate layers of light pink and magenta, topped by a cover layer of strong red. Sweet, slightly chewy and lemak, these were well loved by everyone. I think they were made from a mixture of rice flour, tapioca flour and cornstarch.
One of the favourite ways of eating was to peel off layer by layer – somehow it added more fun. And we often we would put a light pink layer on our tongues and let it hang out like that of a dog, and showing off to our siblings. Woof ! Woof !
These days, the Nine-Layer Kueh has acquired a whole gamut of colours, to the extent that it is rather hard to find the original version. And they are nowhere near as tasty !