When I spent the summer in Hong Kong this year, I was surprised to find out just how much Hong Kongers love their desserts. More accurately, they call it 糖水, which literally means sugar water. A typical friday night for the non-alcoholic crowd would consist of strolling the varied streets of Mong Kok, and having desserts in the multitude of stalls scattered along the crowded streets. And desserts aren't just about mango over there (don't we all love Hui Lao Shan), the more nutritious variants that incorporate papayas and hashima are hugely popular too, and everybody loves the delightful shuang pi nai (double skin steamed milk pudding)! Of course, in Singapore, we love our desserts/supper too. While we don't necessarily have streets and streets focused on food and shopping that comes vividly to life at night, we have our fair share of amazing (albeit scattered) supper destinations all over the island! So when M and I headed to Ah Chew Desserts on a Monday night and found it fully packed, we weren't annoyed, but were instead pleasantly surprised. It felt right to be having desserts amidst enthusiastic and happy chatter. Sometimes, crowds can be a good thing.
Bubur Pulut Hitam with Rice Dumplings (top), $3.80, Almond Paste with Rice Dumplings (bottom), $3.20
Instead of mango, we went for pulut hitam and almond paste, which were both very decent. The pulut hitam (black glutinous rice dessert), which is incidentally one of my favourite desserts of all time, had the bite and texture (attributable to the glutinous rice) that I love, and the drizzle of coconut milk contributed a tinge of salty milkiness that I believe is what makes pulut hitam so great. Have I mentioned that I love coconut milk? The almond paste was smooth, creamy, and had just the right balance of sweetness. We added rice dumplings to both (an additional $1.10), and really enjoyed them too. I loved that the fillings would literally gush out... The black sesame and peanut dumplings especially, were really great stuff.
Are there any other dessert stalls you would recommend?
Ah Chew Desserts
#01-11 Liang Seah Place
1 Liang Seah Street, SingaporeTel: +65 6339 8198
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