There is no lack of dessert shops in the Bugis area, with a number lined up along Liang Seah Street such as Ah Chew Desserts, Mei Heong Yuen and Dessert First 糖水先.
Which may just show that sweet treats after hotpot and mala cuisine is much needed.
Enter the newest kid in the block – Cong Ngot Vietnamese Dessert, which is purported to be Singapore’s first Vietnamese dessert place.
The shop is located at Wisma Alsagoff building, right opposite Bugis Junction North Bridge Road exit. Very convenient.
While there were a number of articles featuring Cong Ngot, I realised none actually visited the place to try out the food. Strange.
I actually couldn’t get a seat during my first visit, not because it was particularly crowded with customers, but I observed there were people occupied on every table. Some clean tables, some with finished bowls.
The menu was lean, serving up 8 cold or hot desserts.
The cold ones included Vietnamese Cendol ($3.80), Vietnamese King Dessert ($7.30), Lotus Charm ($5.80), Mango Love ($5.50) and Rainbow Jelly ($4.80).
As for the hot, there were Black Sweetness ($3.80) – a type of black bean dessert that looked like Pulut Hitam, Milky Green ($3.60) and Glutinous Delight ($3.80).
There weren’t many items left when I visited later afternoon.
The Chè Bánh Lọt ($3.80) which was a Vietnamese version of Chendol coming with similar ingredients of pandan green jelly, though this had mung beans and was served in a cup.
If you were expecting something more coconuty-rich, this felt more like a refreshing drink rather than a full-on dessert. While on the sweet side (at least for me), you can also request for less sweetness.
I actually liked the Milk Green ($3.60) which looked similar to the local green bean soup, but with fragrant coconut flavour and thicker smooth texture.
Some of the ingredients used were specially imported from Vietnam, and you may find some surprising jellies within.
Again, slightly on the sweet side but still quite manageable. I think they can afford to lower down the sugar level 10 to 20% overall.
Cong Ngot Vietnamese Dessert
520 North Bridge Road, #01-01 Wisma Alsagoff, Singapore 188742 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 3pm – 3am (Fri – Sat)