The weather in Singapore is particularly hot at this time of the year. Daytime temperatures can hit close to 40 degree C. In this intense tropical heat, a cold dessert is especially refreshing and thirst-quenching. Kens' Delights (Unit #01-01) sells scores of different types of hot and cold desserts, most of which are priced from 80 cents to around $2. The stall is run by the Lee family - father Jim (photo below), mother and son (Ken).
Most of their desserts that I've tried are nice and not too sweet. I particularly like the following 3 types:
1. Water chestnut (cold) - You will bite into lots of crunchy pieces of fresh water chestnuts in this dessert. Cooked with just the right amount of egg-white, it adds a distinctive texture and flavour to this very refreshing dessert.
2. White fungus (hot and cold) - You can find a lot of white fungi in this one. (No, they didn't grow in the pot while the dessert is waiting to be sold because this is a very fast-moving item.)
3. Barley with gingko nuts and beancurd stick (hot and cold) - One thing you will notice is that there are a lot of gingko nuts (fresh and not canned ones) in your bowl. For a cold bowl ($1.50), you can count anything between 5 to 10 whole nuts - certainly very good value for your money because gingko nuts are quite expensive.
If you are hungry for a snack, just order some soon kueh (60 cents each, main ingredients are turnip and dried shrimps) from First Delight (Unit #01-08) which is located just opposite the dessert stall. They also sell other types of cakes including png kueh (glutinous rice cakes), ku chye kueh (chive cakes), yam kueh (yam cakes) and chui kueh (steamed rice cakes).
This 10-year-old stall is usually manned by the cook Mdm Ng Hwee Kiang, 57, and his son Mr Patrick Goh, 37. Their kuehs are all handmade and freshly cooked at the stall. The skin of their soon kueh is soft, smooth and thin. (No wonder there is a Sunday Times newspaper article dated 5 Apr 98 displayed at the stall which is titled "Beauty really is skin deep". The article was written by Teo Pau Lin.)
Have a big bowl of dessert plus two soon kuehs and you'll still have change left over for $3. Eh, where to find? Some time ago, I even brought Chris to try out the dessert stall. (I can't remember whether I treated him or vice versa though - got to ask him since he seems to recall such details better.) Recently I brought another friend to sample their desserts. Both of them liked the desserts very much. You should try them too.
Disclaimer: I am not related in any way to either stalls and I am not paid in cash, desserts or kuehs for writing this post.