I used to work in the Bugis vicinity. Many times, female colleagues would look for their ‘chew-ge’ after lunch, jokingly saying his papaya dessert would make their skin smooth. Working in the corporate world came with a high level of stress, and somehow what ‘Ah Chew’s treats had become my comfort food.
This dessert shop hidden among a row of eateries at Liang Seah is really a treasure. Do you know it used to take up just half the space, with the rest being taken by a Indian newspaper seller. Fast forward a few years, and the treasure has finally been undiscovered through word of mouth. Just look out for the never-ending queue of people eagerly waiting to have their sugar fix.
With yellow menu tags hanging behind the counter, hard ebony wood furniture, and Chinese paintings adorning the store’s walls, the décor goes well with the offerings and would remind many of dessert stores found in Hong Kong and Taipei. Be prepared to brave the heat for a seat.
Some of the recommendations include: Rock sugar white fungus with papaya ($2.50), Red bean paste with Lily Bulb ($1.80), Mango Sago and Pomelo ($3.80), Yam with Sago ($2.00), and Fresh Milk Steam Egg with Red Bean ($3.00).
Rest assured that the Mango Sago and Pomelo is made of fresh fruits as I have seen the staff cutting the ingredients on the spot. In this variation, a touch of coconut cream is added on top of the usual evaporated milk, giving it fragrance and extra texture. The sweetness of the ripe, juicy mango chunks is complimented by the refreshing, citrus pomelo pulps that bursts and crunch at every mouthful! Just like Hong Kong’s ‘Hui Lau Shan’.
The Fresh Milk Steam Egg is so smooth that it trickles down your throat. You have the option of having it coffee-flavoured, or red bean-flavoured which would give it some bite.
For local favourites, the Yam and Sago was inspired by the owner after a trip to China. If you can forget about your calorie count, the yam is velvety and tasty, and the coconut milk does not have a sour aftertaste. Thinking about it already puts a smile on my face.
Ah Chew Desserts, #01-11, Liang Seah Place 1 Liang Seah Street S(189022) Tel: +65 63398198
Opening Hours: Tue–Fri: 12.30pm – 11.30pm, Sat–Sun: 1.30pm – 11.30pm (Closed on Mon)