Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dessert Hut 甜品小屋 at The Arcade

Dessert Hut at The Arcade , originally uploaded by Camemberu.

Folks working around Raffles Place will be familiar with this Chinese desserts outlet. This shop used to occupy a tiny half-shop on the second floor of The Arcade (next to Clifford Centre). It's now expanded to a full shop downstairs and business is as brisk as ever. You will have to queue at lunchtime.

Iced Longan with Special Jelly, originally uploaded by Camemberu.

They have nice cold and hot desserts alike, all of which are not overly sweet. Oh man, looking at this pic again, I wish I could have some right now. My friend had this. Juicy longans and firm jelly. Very refreshing.

This is a perennial favourite, and Chinese believe it has properties to help keep skin fair, smooth and healthy. S$1.50 gives you a nice little bowl with a generous handful of ginkgo nuts. Unfortunately they seem to have stopped adding boiled quail eggs (you used to be able to choose whether to have those included).

Yam Cream, originally uploaded by Camemberu.

The yam cream has changed too. The old one also didn't have these brown "tadpole jelly" beads and ginkgo nuts, but small, chewy glutinous rice balls filled with yam (if I remember correctly). This one tasted like bubur cha-cha, a Malay dessert with coconut milk normally made with cubes of sweet potato and yam. We all preferred the old version, which was less cloying and more authentic.

Well, there are quite a few choices you can go for - the chilled mango sago is popular, as is the cold snow fungus with red date, and the warm peanut/walnut/sesame creams. Also available is the HK-style steamed egg custard.

#01-06 The Arcade
11 Collyer Quay
Tel: 6222-0067 (forgot to check if this has changed)
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm; weekdays only


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