Kuih Cincin is a unique ring-flower shaped snack from the Brunei Malay community in Sabah. It is made from palm sugar, rice flour and wheat flour. It can easily be found in most local markets and convenience stores.

3 Places in Sabah to buy Kuih Cincin

  • Available in most supermarkets, local markets and convenience stores
  • KK Handicraft Market
  • Any household with snacks

For those interested to recreate this snack for your afternoon tea with friends and family, we’ve prepared a recipe you can follow:

1 Standard serving of Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Castor Sugar / Granulated sugar
1 1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
4 Cups Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Bowl of Mineral Water / Boiled Water
1 Cup Rice Flour (mix with water until the right consistency, not too thick and not too watery)

Take note: there will be two rounds of deep frying.


  1. In a pot, mix in slices of the Gula Melaka with brown sugar and water, cook in low heat until dissolved and combined. Set aside to cool down, then put into a container containing the granulated sugar, cooking oil and salt.
  2. Add wheat flour bit by bit until it becomes a soft dough. Knead by hand until the dough does not stick to your hands.
  3. Take the dough and coat with the flour, and start kneading until it becomes thin according to the appropriate thickness. Spread the dough to get a large round shape, then create smaller holes with any cooking utensil (icing nozzles work perfectly).
  4. While you’re shaping the dough, prepare a wok and heat up the cooking oil on medium heat. Once the shaping is done, dip the dough in water and proceed to quickly fry the dough and take it out.
  5. Coat the fried dough again with the rice flour mixture and then fry again until golden brown.
  6. Once you’re done, let it cool and then store in an airtight container. Serve when you have guests or when you’re feeling snackish!