While the focus of many dessert guides have always been cakes, waffles and the likes, I thought about giving some emphasis to the local dessert shops.
Yes, those selling Mango Pomelo, Steamed Milk, Almond Pastes and more.
Interesting, many can be found at Chinatown and along Liang Seah Street – which probably started with Ah Chew and Ji De Chi.
Ah Chew Desserts
1 Liang Seah Street, #01-10/11 Liang Seah Place Singapore 189032
Tel: +65 6339 8198
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 12am (Mon – Thurs), 12:30pm – 1am (Fri), 1:30pm – 1am (Sat), 1:30pm – 12am (Sun, PH)
181 Thomson Road, Goldhill Shopping Centre, Singapore 307627
Tel: +65 6254 8198
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Ah Chew Desserts is one of Singapore’s most known dessert shops, which started humbly at a small shop space at Liang Seah Street.
Signature desserts include Durian Mango Sago with Pomelo ($5.80), Milk Steamed Egg with Red Bean ($3.80), Black Glutinous Rice with Vanilla Ice Cream ($4.20), Durian Sago Desserts ($6.50), Hashima Red Date Soup ($9), and White Fungus Papaya with Almond ($3.50).
The Mango Sago and Pomelo is included with a touch of coconut cream instead of some which use 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. Some people like the small crushed ice used, which I am more indifferent to.
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. Ah Chew Desserts (Liang Seah Street)
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Yatkayan Dessert 一家人
Fortune Centre #02-08 190 Middle Road Singapore 188979
Tel: +65 9631 2359
Opening Hours: 1:30pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 1:30pm – 11pm (Fri – Sun), Closed Tues
Hidden on the second level of Fortune Centre, the name “Yatkayan” means “one family”, and you may just spot members of the Tang family serving and behind the kitchen.
Signature desserts there include Walnut Paste ($4.00), Black Sesame Paste ($3.50), Almond Cream ($3.50), Steamed Egg ($3.20), Almond & Barley Beancurd ($3.50), Black Sesame & Almond ($3.50), Chendol ($3.20), and Fresh Mango with Ice Cream ($5.00).
I ordered the Walnut & Black Sesame ($4.00) and was pleasantly surprised at how close it tasted to the top-notch shops in Hong Kong.
The creamy consistency which is neither too rich nor thin; not being too sweet; and the warmth of it all.
All their warm dessert pastes such as the walnut, sesame and almond are hand-grind and squeezed freshly daily.
They do not take short cut in their desserts, for example no mixing of pre-mix powder or pastes, or artificial flavouring like essences to their desserts. Yatkayan (Middle Road)
Their desserts are available via foodpanda delivery for those staying around the Bugis area; or islandwide delivery for orders above $15. Whatsapp +65 9631 2359 to place orders.
Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop 金玉满堂甜品
66 East Coast Road, The Flow #01-03 Singapore 428778
+65 6214 3380
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Jin Yu Man Tang is located at Katong, and some of its specialties include the Ginger Milk Pudding 姜撞奶 ($4.00), Shun De Double Layer Milk 顺德双皮奶 ($3.60), Peach Gum with Milk 桃胶鲜牛奶 ($4.50), Mango with Mini Rice Ball 芒果小丸子 ($5.00), and Deep Fried Milk 炸牛奶 ($5.50).
The Ginger Milk Pudding ($4.00) is probably their hero product, made on the spot only after ordering.
First you get a bowl of ginger mixture, after which milk would be poured into it. Wait for about 4 minutes or so, then the milk would turn into smooth-wobbly pudding.
The signature Shun De Double Layer Milk ($3.60) originated from Shunde in Foshan China. You can also choose other toppings such as red bean, mango, lotus seeds, walnut, almond, and papaya.
The milk pudding was incredibly soft, and melt-in-your-mouth. Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop (East Coast)
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Sweet Thoughts by M.O.D
50 Hougang Ave 1 #01-00, JForte Sportainment Centre, Singapore 538885
Tel: +65 9738 6648
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri, Sat), Closed Mon
Known for pushing his boundary and creating visually captivating edible-art desserts, an extensive menu of 15 hot and cold desserts is created by Chef Francis to interpret “tong shui” (糖水).
The menu is divided into both Hot and Cold desserts, consisting of Paste ($4 – $4.90), Steamed Pudding ($5.50) or Shaved Ice ($6.90 – $9.90) respectively.
Digging into Black Sesame Paste ($4), the rich, nutty roasted black sesame has a smooth and creamy texture which is both familiar and homely.
The ingenious addition of the Ginger Pandan Cloud adds a tinge of sweetness and fluffiness to the combination, whereas the coconut crips add more chewiness to the entire bowl of liquid. Sweet Thoughts by M.O.D (Hougang)
Note that the desserts are only limited to deliveries around Kovan area; while food from Tie Fun Wan is available island-wide delivery at $8 (min purchase $50, 11.30am – 9pm).
Otherwise, customers can order via Deliveroo and GrabFood.
Dessert First 糖水先
8 Liang Seah Street #01-04 Singapore 189029
Tel: +65 6333 0428
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 12:30pm – Mon – Thurs), 12:30pm – 1:30pm (Fri – Sat), 12pm – 12:30am (Sun)
Halal certified Dessert First 糖水先 is established since 2009, located on the ‘dessert street’ at Liang Seah.
Its mouth-watering desserts include Shaved or Snow Ice, Mango or Durian Pomelo, Home-made Waffles and more.
To understand the difference, “shaved ice” means clear ice shavings, while “snow ice” is flavoured ice shavings.
The variety is extensive, with the most popular D24 durian, mango, to green tea, honeydew, chocolate, and strawberry. Prices of the dessert range from $3.80 to $11.50.
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Ji De Chi Dessert 記得吃甜品
Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #B1-37B The Start Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Ji De Chi serves up a range of dessert, with signatures of Durian Snowflake with Black Glutinous Rice ($7.60), Yam Sweet-in-Heart Sago ($5.60), Mango Pomelo Sago with Grass Jelly ($5.60), Matcha Tofu Snowflake ($6.60), and Durian Snowy Ice ($7.90).
There are outlets at Novena Square 2, Ang Mo Kio, Paya Lebar Square, Hillion Mall, Westgate, Century Square, Jurong Point, and Causeway Point.
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Mei Heong Yuen Desserts 味香园甜品
63-67 Temple Street, Singapore 058611
Tel: +65 6221 1156
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Mei Heong Yuen Dessert 味香园甜品 is best known for its Peanut Paste, which is because it has roots connected to the iconic Farmer Brand ground nuts.
The peanut paste is fragrant and delicately grounded to give a smooth texture with no presence of any peanut bits, also not too sweet.
The other two “heavenly kings” are sesame and almond pastes.
For a more cooling treat, customers go for the Taiwan Snow Ice with thin smooth mouth-feel sheets, in flavours of Mango, Green Tea, Durian, Soursop, Sesame, Almond, Strawberry, Mocha, Banana Chocolate, Milk Tea (yes), to even Chendol.
https://www.feastbump.com/menus/mei-heong-yuen. Delivery fee from $5, minimum order $35 – $60.
Chow Zan Dessert
801 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198769
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
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).
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. Chow Zan Dessert (North Bridge Road)
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