Desserts such as cake and ice-cream maybe something that is enjoyed across all age groups now, but back in the day where ice-cream and cake had not set foot in Singapore or were not commonly available to the masses, traditional desserts such as Steamed Milk Custard and Pastes are the most comforting dishes to finish off a meal. Globalisation had affected the survival of many traditional dessert houses, with many of the younger generation this days preferring westernised sweets more.
Ah Chew Desserts is one of the dessert houses operating at Liang Seah Street, a street located in Bugis littered with budget steamboat buffets and traditional dessert houses like Ah Chew Desserts itself. One look and it’s full of traditional flavour; wooden furnishings and even a facade that looks like a traditional entrance gate of Chinese houses; it surely looks the part of being a traditional Chinese dessert house. The spread served here has since been altered to adapt to the local tastebuds these days; while the Pastes and the Steamed Milk Custard stays on, Durian flavoured desserts, ice-creams, Sago desserts and Mochi now also has a spot on the menu, as opposed to what was being offered in traditional dessert houses way back in the day.
(Mango Sago with Pomelo)
My friend loves Sago and ordered the Mango Sago with Pomelo. It does not appeal as much to me as I personally am not a fan of Sago and it was a bit sour for my liking. My friend also did mention the Pomelo was a bit bitter, but he pretty much loved how everything else tasted and definitely loved the generous amount of mango being served in it.
(Cold Steamed Milk Custard – Original)
There were many variations for the Steamed Milk Custard, from a Coffee-flavoured one to a version that even contains chocolate cookies in it. After much hesitation I went for the Original. It is smooth and custardy, with the texture of the Lao Ban type of beancurd but pretty eggy in taste. It was pretty near the taste of a Creme Brulee, without the layer of sugar coated on top and with a custard that is less sweet and lighter in taste. I had the cold version, and there is also a choice for a hot version as well if you prefer hot desserts.
Ah Chew Desserts without doubt is one of the better dessert houses I had tried, and most of the people would agree so as well. It is said that it is very difficult to find an empty seating in the shop on weekends, so I guess it must be quite lucky for us that a table outside was immediately available for us when we visited the place and that we got offered another seat within the shop in less than 5 minutes of arrival. If you love traditional desserts, this is one place you would have to check out!
Ah Chew Desserts 阿秋甜品
Liang Seah Place
1 Liang Seah Street