pretty terrible renditions of asian desserts at the crowded basement of raffles city. I’m not sure it’s completely fair to post this right after the lovely specimen of dessert I showed you yesterday, but this place is pretty dismal. it’s the barest interpretation (and most commercial extraction) of chinese tongshui (dessert) in a rather dingy corner, probably only good for the strongest and most debilitating of cravings.
I can only guess it’s survived here because it really is very cheap, especially for town.
if you’re a purist – the sort that flies overseas for mountainous mango snow ices and ephemerally light egg/milk puddings, and scoffs at the offerings here in singapore – you’re going to want to keep away from this place. I’m not particularly fussy – I haven’t had the purported real deal in years, but this was bad even for me. it’s essentially canned and processed fruit, plainly commercial (and soulless) jellies and accoutrements – don’t expect subtle flavors or skill here, it’s literally whack-it-on-a-plate-for-a-bare-fascimile-of-the-original.
but, if for some (odd) reason, you do find yourself here anyway, then I recommend the carrot cake. it takes a while for them to heat it up, but it comes hot with golden fried onions and slivers of spring onion – soft and yieldingly tender, rather a decent rendition.
low chairs, self-service and a rather dingy atmosphere, it’s probably best to keep away.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
#B1-79 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
$: five desserts + one yam cake + one drink = two-nine
p.s. if you’re in the mood for a sweet something in raffles city, the ice cream at awfully chocolate is one good option.