The hour for tea in busy Brickfields means getting in line for this heavenly pisang goreng. Except, the lady ahead of me wiped them out (eight bananas, lady??) and I was faced with a 10-minute wait for a fresh batch. On any other occasion, I’m happy to wait for food. But my double-parked car swayed that patience, and so I returned to it with fried nian gao, or kuih bakul.

The good news is, it’s yummy stuff. The batter’s crunchy beyond belief while the yam and sweet potato embraced gooey nian gao for a soft, sticky sweet treat. Filling too.