Cluttered along the hustle and bustle of Temple Street, Chinatown lies a dessert shop whose name has been synonymous with towering colourful snow ice desserts. I would have never known of Mei Heong Yuen’s existence if ZX didn’t bring me to this old school dessert shop that’s always packed be it rain or shine, day or night. Trust me, we visited the shop almost every other week after our first visit and we always have a hard time finding a table just to enjoy their desserts.
I vividly remembered asking for ZX recommendations and without a second to spare, she pointed at the Almond & Sesame Snow Ice ($6.00) citing it as the best snow ice she had among the rest. Our dessert came only after footing the bill first as the shop’s customary rules. I prefer eating each side of the ice mountain separately simply because you won’t be able to savour both the sweetness of the white almond from the richness of the black sesame at the same time.
Sad to say they just don’t go hand in hand that well but nevertheless, a popular crowd pleaser.
Don’t you love the fine details of this mountainous dessert? I heard that they craft it with a special machine though I have no idea how it works…
Mango Snow Ice ($5.00) has rightfully earn his place in ZX’s heart and I’m kinda jealous that there’s a dessert sweeter than Yours Truly… I guess there’s always one mountain taller than the other (一山还比一山高). I’m also guessing this is another house favourite since I’m always surrounded by the yellow mountains around our table.
The Teochew Orh Nee ($3.00) was a thick purple yam paste with a diced pumpkins and the must have ginko nuts. Although a decent one, I can’t help but to feel disappointed that they left out the lard in the making of this traditional dessert. As unhealthy and disgusting it might be, lard is what gives orh nee the distinct fragrance and luscious shiny glow.
Health conscious individuals would be glad to know their 糊 or paste are made healthier with less or no sugar added. I like to think of their Black Sesame Paste ($3.00) as one of the better ones I had in Singapore for its thick paste-like consistency and rich black sesame taste with each mouth. I’ve yet to try their almond or peanut paste but I don’t think they should be that bad.
There are other specialties as well if you’re seeking something light for supper. I think they’re worth a try especially when there’s a bunch of friends to share with but for me and my girlfriend, this little dessert shop will always hold a special place in our hearts. Afterall, this was where everything about us started. Acquaintance. Friendship and now, a loving relationship…
Mei Hong Yuen Desserts (味香园甜品)
63-67 Temple Street, Singapore 058611
Tel: +65 6221 1156