Ji De Chi (记得吃) Hot
The first Ji De Chi concept of creating delicious and comforting dessert was conceived from a humble beginning with three partners. Since its inception in year 2004, Jidechi dessert is growing fast and is now the beloved of many, young and old.
Wang Ji Le
I used to go quite often to the Liang Seah St Ji De Chi because my office was nearby. It is very popular and is always crowded, with patrons crammed into the small shop with liliputian-sized tables and stools. This is not the place for you if you are picky with ambience. I, however, quite like slumming it once in a while and this place is as slummy as it gets on Liang Seah St.
The wait staff can be a bit bo chap (transalation: indifferent) and sometimes a bit grouchy. Who can blame them? I'd be grouchy too if I were made to wear unflattering, garishly-coloured sam foo (pyjamas comprised of a matched set of pull-on pants and mandarin collar blouse, only worn by elderly Chinese women).
The desserts here are neither better nor worse than its competitors. I wouldn't bother to eat here again, now that I no longer work around the area.
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It's really hard to find a good dessert place in Singapore, and Ji De Chi is probably one of the more reputable ones. However, I still find the desserts here mediocre and nothing to boast about.
The Snow Ice is one of their more popular picks and I have to say, the size of the snow ice just gets smaller and smaller every time I frequent the place. The ice shavings are smooth and that's awesome. But as a whole, it doesn't exactly blow your mind.
Other traditional desserts like sesame paste are okay-ish, but they can be disappointing at times. Also, prices are steep for the size of the servings you pay for. You can probably find better ones in Chinatown.
I absolutely love snow ice, but it is really hard to find good and cheap ones in Singapore. One day I stumbled upon this stall and I never went to others again.
As it is near to the National Library, it is a good place to chill out while reading. The portion of snow ice is large and is good enough to occupy you for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can bring your friends and family along for a icy treat.
The snow ice just melts is your mouth, and the toppings that come along with it provides an interesting texture. It is really different from the local dessert ice kachang, which is coarse in texture. If you like cold desserts, this is one place where you must go to!
Dessert place of choice
I have a penchant for Hong Kong desserts and Ji De Chi serves up a rather impressive bunch of them. Their menu is extensive, prices are reasonable and the desserts put a nice finishing touch to any meal be they western, asian or even just fast food.
I always leave the place satisfied with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach. Better yet, their recently opened branches including one at the basement of Plaza Singapura, makes their desserts even more accessible. Mango pomelo sago and it's derivatives is a signature of almost all HK dessert stores and I would dare say that Ji De Chi serves up one of the best in town.
The opposite of stressed is desserts
Living in stressful Singapore, we all need our desserts. This shop specialises in desserts and it is worth paying the little bit extra to get good quality desserts. I like sesame paste a lot and compared to some of the sesame I had tried in food courts, this is still the best.
It is advisable to come with a few family members or friends or else you will find it very difficult to make a decision on what to order. I always come with my family so I can order a variety of hot and cold desserts.
The first time I visited the shop, I just happened to pass by and thought some desserts would be good. So I went into the shop alone, it was really very difficult to decide what to order. I was looking at the menu for about ten minutes and cannot even decide whether I should go for hot or cold desserts. I never made the same mistake again after that visit.
Authentic Hong Kong desserts!
I am a sucker for Hong Kong desserts, and I am always delighted to chance upon Hong Kong dessert stalls since I can't simply hop on a plane to Hong Kong whenever I feel like having their desserts. Ji De Chi made my sweet tooth extremely happy when I visited it one day.
Their mango sago was one of the best that I had ever tried, and is the real deal. The mangoes were sweet and fresh, and they were also very generous with the mangoes (not just three or four cubes, like most restaurants). The desserts were served in a large bowl, enough to satisfy you without feeling too full. Also, their desserts are reasonably priced so I see no reason to not visit that place over and over again.
Remember to eat, just not here
My second review!
I have had at least 3 bad experiences with Ji De Chi.
But strangely that isn't keeping me away from this place. I'm pretty convinced it's the prices. Ji De Chi is really reasonably priced for a dessert place. Everything on the menu is less than $7 -- you could get a lot for your dollar.
I am a sobbing dessert addict and I stumbled upon this place by accident. Their specialty would be this "Paper Flake Ice Cream" dish and it comes in a variety of flavors. I adore the strawberry one, but the portions are huge so don't go alone!
I also tried their beancurd and it was a little disappointing. But then again, you can really taste Hongkong flavour in it. The taste isn't localized, it tastes just like how Hongkongers would love it. Not too bad a sensory experience.
For its cheap prices and variety, this is a place that's gonna keep drawing me to them despite my experiences. I won't ever learn my lesson, so I'm going to keep remembering to eat here.
With a name that sounds like a mother or any other maternal figure gently chiding you, reminding you to eat, Ji De Chi appears exceedingly warm. Interestingly though, that is in stark contrast to the ice-cold desserts that it serves, desserts that slide down your throat so soft and smooth, it's like swallowing clouds.
I've always got quite a sweet tooth, and the desserts in Ji De Chi certainly haven't failed me. During the many times I've eaten here, they have always delivered and exceeded my expectations each time, never disappointing. The prices are economical too, and the service is warm and friendly, in line with the name of the eatery.
I particularly love the shaved ice desserts served here, a sort of creamy, sweet, cold forgetting that simply melts in your mouth.
Ji De Chi serves a wide range of desserts, including cold and hot desserts, so it definitely makes a good dessert store for just about anyone. I first ate at the store with my cousin and my aunt, and even though my aunt is someone who likes to stick to the old and familiar, she absolutely loved the place.
I tried the shaved ice dessert at Ji De Chi, and even though it looks a little like ice kacang, the taste was exceptional, and definitely tastier than the local treat. The shaved ice is thin, so it melts in the mouth almost instantly, so there would be no uncomfortable leftover freezing ice that remains in the mouth. My aunt has pretty sensitive teeth, but she was able to take this treat well, and she adored it.
The hot desserts are also worth the mention. We tried out the sesame paste, which looked a little intimidating at first due to its colour, but it was surprisingly sweet and good once we put it into our mouths.
The prices are also of an acceptable range, considering that the desserts served at Ji De Chi are quite unique and can't really be found in many places locally. Service was prompt and efficient. Definitely a must-go for dessert lovers!
Smooth and silky snow ice.
I come here mainly for their snow ice desserts only. I can't deny they churn out a mean snow ice dessert for the customers. Soft, silky, creamy and bursting with flavour, the flavored ice is indeed on a different pedestal as our typical ice kacang. With the assorted flavors of snow ice are 3 toppings, depending on the flavor you choose, they give different toppings.
I recently took the black sesame one which came with yogurt balls which bursts to fill your mouth with creamy, slight sour sauce and some red beans and nata de coco cubes. They went pretty well with the delicate ice in my opinion.
Being the pioneer in churning out ice like that in Singapore, concept probably gotten from Hong Kong or Taiwan, they made use of the chance to charge high prices. I don't deny that their other deserts are really tasty, but seriously, 2x the price for a bowl 2x smaller than the normal ones is just too much.
wide range of desserts
Ji De Chi offers a wide variety of desserts, from hot sesame paste to icy cold desserts. My mum loves their sesame and almond paste. She claims that it is very fragrant and smooth. I personally do not enjoy hot desserts. I have tried their soya bean curd pudding which isn't too bad but not as good as lao ban's or 51's but still alright. I have also tried their ice dessert which looked like ice kacang just that it is shaved ice instead of crushed ice. It is not bad just that I thought that $4.50 for a bowl of shaved ice is quite expensive.
However, I would think that their hot desserts are quite nice as I see many people ordering their hot desserts like dumplings in ginger soup, walnut paste, sesame paste, just to name a few. Ji De Chi can be quite crowded especially after dinner when people will head there for some sweet desserts.