Traditional Desserts - Mei Heong Yuen
Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice at the mention of this dessert establishment. Founded over 50 years ago, Mei Heong Yuen is the brainchild of Connie and Clara Lee, daughters of Farmer Brand Peanuts founder, hence its inclusion of a peanut in its logo. A one-store dessert shop in Chinatown, it now has its own factory and central kitchen with ISO 22000 Food Safety Certification. Mei Heong Yuen specializes in different varieties of pastes and steamed egg pudding. They also have cold desserts such as their thirst quenching mango with pomelo and sago to combat Singapore's scorching hot weather. Share a dessert with your travel mates and fall in love with Singapore's local flavours.
Situated in a shophouse, seats can get rather cramped but not to the extent that you feel uncomfortable about accidentally rubbing against a neighbour. The atmosphere is busy but somehow, you really feel at home. It's like I was transported to the holiday season and family members were hustling and bustling, trying to get everything prepared in time for dinner. Mei Heong Yuen's interior and exterior is simple. The lack of fancy decor really ties in with what Mei Heong Yuen provides - substance. They don't try to blind you with pretty decorations but wow you with the simplicity and intricacy of their traditional desserts.
Not forgetting health conscious people and the elderly, Mei Heong Yuen serves varieties of healthy paste. Flavours include almond, peanut, walnut and sesame. While these pastes may look rather plain and unimpressive, the nutty flavours are a crowd favourite for a reason. The soupy consistency paired with the richness of the nut flavours is a hearty combination that warms the soul. It feels so sinful but it isn't! It's actually quite mild and can be considered healthy compared to the other desserts available.
They also have 21 flavours of their snow ice dessert, a specialty that many visit them for. Imagine sheets of flavoured thin ice piled on top each other to form a majestic tower. You may think it sounds like the usual Ice Kachang that is also available in Singapore but you’ll be surprised to realise that the flavouring of your choice has already been mixed into the ice sheets itself which is what makes it so special. Perfect for sharing, it's sure to cool you down.
Another crowd favourite is the mango with pomelo and sago. The refreshing mango dessert is perfect for Singapore's hot weather. Sweet mango paired with the twang of pomelo and the chewy bits of sago come together to create an awesome mouthfeel that is unbeatable. After the first bite, you'll be surprised to find that you can't stop!
Their extensive menu also includes cakes and dumplings that are worth exploring. You'll definitely be spoilt for choice.
Here's a link to their menu here - http://www.meiheongyuendessert.com.sg/index.php/our-menu
Mei Heong Yuen
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