Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dove Desserts @ Lorong 7 Toa Payoh: Chendol and Bubur Hitam

Much has been written or reported about this dessert stall which is famous for their homemade Chendol ($1.50/$2.20 for durian top-up) Memorable chendols so far include the ones from Papparich and Jin Jin Dessert but I would gladly add this to my list. 

It might not look impressive with all the colorful ingredients buried below but once you start stirring everything, it becomes a tasty bowl of brown slushie with lingering aroma of coconut milk that is significantly less sweeter than Pappa Mia or Jin Jin. 

The green jelly-like worms here looked lighter than the usual bowls outside as they are freshly prepared by the lady owner, Helen, who cut-blend-strains the pandan juice before cooking it with green bean powder. 
The owner is so dedicated towards serving quality traditional desserts that she not only sourced for the ice machine which can produce fine ice shavings, but also drive all the way to Malacca to get the star ingredient--Gula Melaka. A lot of effort indeed, though I can't tell a difference between Malacca's gula melaka or Indonesia's gula melaka. 
I prefer the hot desserts which are also home-made by the owner. The Bubur Hitam ($1.20) was comfortingly tasty as the rice grains are cooked to point where they are still tender yet chewy. Some might prefer it to be sweeter but it was perfect for me, with drizzles of coconut milk to enhance its aromatic qualities. 
The Mango Longan Nata De Coco Ice ($2.20) turned out to be the sweetest as fruit purées and fruits are sourced from the can. But I have no issue with that as there is already so much preparation work involved in their long repertoire of home-made desserts.

I heard the Cheng Tng and Red Bean Soup are good too. And that will be saved for my next trip. 

Dove Desserts 
Blk 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh #01-21
Singapore 310022
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm 
Saturday 11am-7pm
Closed on Sunday 

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