When we talk about local dessert shops in Singapore, Ah Chew Desserts, Mei Heong Yuen, Ji De Chi and Dessert First are some of the front-runners.

There are also other newcomers such as Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop at East Coast Road and Chow Zan Dessert worth taking note of.

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Chow Zan Dessert is found at North Bridge Road, located near Heng Long Teochew Porridge and opposite Monarchs & Milkweed Gelato.

The name “Chow Zan” is a colloquial term which means “extremely good”.

The humble-looking dessert shop brings about a selection of traditional hot and cold desserts – some with modern twists, ranging from White Chendol ($4.00), Mango Sago ($4.20), Black Sesame Paste ($3.50), and Peach Gum with Milk ($4.50).

(Peach gum is the resin from peach and Chinese wild peach trees, branded to be “natural and healthy” and allows collagen to be quickly absorbed into the human body.)

Looking at their menu, some of the other recommended items include Red Bean Paste with Orange Peel ($3.50), Eight Treasure Cheng Tng ($4.50), Ginger Milk Pudding ($4.00), Red Green Ruby with Sago ($4.00), Mango Sticky Rice ($6.90), and Chilled Brownie ($5.00).

Seems to be a mix of local, Thai and even some Western desserts.

I was recommended the White Chendol ($4.00), also available in Red Bean and Durian versions ($4.50, $5.50). Fairly interesting with a differentiating factor.

What you get are these white coconut strips with a firmer bite instead of the usual pandan ones. But they would also mean there won’t be that particular pandan fragrance and may not photograph as striking as the typical Chendol.

The shaved ice was quite smooth, topped coconut cream fresh-tasting with mildly-sweet red bean. Even though there was some gula melaka added, the dessert was thankfully not too sweet.

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Another interesting item would be their Yam Paste with Pumpkin Puree and Gingko ($4.50) aka Orh Nee. As there is no pork or lard used in their menu, they use shallot oil instead to mix with the yam to make it smoother.

Could tell that they put in some effort in the presentation with the topping of bright-orange Australian pureed pumpkin.

Since they are newly opened and have an extensive menu, Chow Zan Dessert has the potential but possibly need to fine-tune some of the more average-tasting desserts, and work on offering one or two more unique specialties that would be well-received.

Chow Zan Dessert
801 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198769
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues

Other Related Entries
10 Must Try Chendol in Singapore
Yatkayan (Middle Road)
Ah Chew Desserts (Liang Seah Street)
Ji De Chi (Liang Seah Street)
Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop (East Coast)

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