This Peranakan confectionery serves up multi-coloured kuehs such as the rainbow lapis and Pink Fairy, a pastel pink coconut cream atop an azuki bean layer. But home into the kueh salat ($1.50) – it makes for a rich bite as the creamy kaya custard on top melds with the glutinous rice below. In true Nyonya style, the rice is coloured blue by the blue pea flower, which also lends it a faint fragrance.
HarriAnns Nonya Table Website: www.harrianns.com
2.Tau Huay – Rochor Original Beancurd is everyone’s go-to place in town when they are craving for a tau huay supper. They are also very famous for their fried dough sticks (You tiao) and soya bean milk.
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3. Chendol – Many people don’t know that chendol actually refers to the green jelly ‘worms’ and not the dessert itself. Cendol Geylang Serai takes us back to basics by making bowls and mugs of this Indonesian dessert the old-school way: with just pandan-flavoured jelly, coconut cream, gula Melaka and crushed ice – red beans and attap chee be damned. The coconut cream dominates each spoonful, with only a hint of pandan in the mix.
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4. Putu Piring – The Malay sister to the Chinese kueh tutu, the putu piring ($2/five pieces) from this creatively named stall has differences that we welcome. It’s bigger than kueh tutu and is accompanied by a generous sprinkling of grated coconut. Another difference: the filling. As the pillowy rice cake itself crumbles gently in our mouths, the richness of the viscous gula Melaka within comes to the forefront. Best eaten piping hot.
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5. Cold Dessert – This refreshing durian ice kacang is beloved for its tower of ice shavings and psychedelic hues. Originating from ice balls coated with coloured syrups sold on the streets in the ’50s and ’60s, the sweet treat has evolved into an elaborate creation packed with everything from aloe vera to peanuts. Jin Jin’s version ($2.50) adds another level of decadence: a scoop of Mao Shan Wang durian ice cream crowns the mountain. It blends smoothly with the syrup, without being overwhelming, and the finely shaved ice immediately melts in your mouth.
Jin Jin Hot Website: www.jinjindessertclub.com