A well known dessert shop in Bugis that serves traditional chinese dessert. Its Manga Sago is especially popular.
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After a dinner at a nearby fish soup restaurant, my friend brought me to ah chew desserts, promising me that they are the best in town.
We ordered the durian sago and glutinous sesame rice ball spammed with peanut powder. Despite already being full, we can easily finish up both desserts within seconds. Being a durian lover, I really love their durian sago – creamy and fresh. Their rice balls were alright, not too bad but nothing special about it. Pricing wise, I think $2.20 for 4 rice balls seem pretty reasonable at today’s inflation rate but $6.00 for a bowl of durian sago might be a little too pricey.
Another thing I like about Ah Chew Desserts is that they hire the old uncles. It feels kind of sweet to me and gives a rather homely feel. Of course, I do hope that they enjoy working there :)
The only sad thing I can think of is the amount of calories in that bowl of durian sago. Although I really enjoyed the dessert, it was really sweet and definitely not for the health-conscious.
Should you find yourself in Bugis one hot, sunny afternoon, and running out of ideas of places to visit, Ah Chew Dessert would definitely list among my recommendations. The initial gush of chilling air-conditioned air from its traditional granite Qing Dynasty style doors hint of something wonderful lying in store.
Be greeted by one of the many elderly uncles working inside, seating you down and gesturing at the table in an extravagant flourish to the menu already embedded there. On my visit just today, I was amazed simply by the large number of desserts available for sale. The must try desserts, however, would fall under the 'Durian specialties'. If you're a durian enthusiast, I would recommend you to go for the durian sago, priced at $6. Its full, enriching durian taste literally overwhelms the senses. What I like about the dessert too was the way it is served in traditional bowls, giving me a feeling that I've been thrown back into another era.
I also tried the durian mango sago with pomelo at $5.40. It is suitable for moderates who want to try a variety of fruits and not get the full blast of durian. In my opinion, after the first taste, the reason for its fame is instanteneously justified. It is difficult to find a tastier durian dessert than this. The sweet taste of the mango, accompanied by the occasional sour taste of the pomelo, come to a grand finale with the full durian taste and the large chunk of durian meat present in the bowl.
Favourite mango dessert place in Sg
Wow, only after reading reviews below did i find out that people actually dislike this place! I thought people love it because there is always a snaking queue and i only order the same old thing whenever i am here.
I love Ah Chew Dessert for its chaos, its old school charm, its location in cheenafied overload Bugis and of course Yang Zhi Gan Lu (Mango Pomelo Dessert). The trick is, ALWAYS ADD MANGO ICE CREAM.
I cannot imagine this dessert without mango ice cream to be honest, everything taste better with ice cream for sure. When you put mango ice-cream into Yang Zhi Gan Lu, omg, you are in heaven i tell you. The combination is perfect and the taste of the dessert is one of its kind, none of the competitors can achieve this taste.
I wont bother trying anything else because i only want to eat my Yang Zhi Gan Lu with Mango ice-cream.
Several times when this place is closed, i will hop over to the few other dessert shops nearby. Ji De Chi is terrible, the one beside it is slightly more decent but i cannot remember its name. I will however always have Ah Chew's Yan Zhi Gan Lu in my heart.
Snot in a bowl
"Ah Chew" is a rather unfortunate onomatopeia for a place that sells food. Ah Chew Desserts certainly lives up to its name. I had a mango pomelo dessert here that is the closest thing to snot in a bowl that I have ever had the misfortune to sample. The mango bits were sour and fibrous. The liquid part was clearly artificially flavoured syrup. The pomelo closely resembled boogers. It was supposed to be an iced dessert but it came tepid. Ah Chew indeed.
Inexplicably, this place is always crowded with patrons. There really is no accounting for taste (or rather the lack thereof), I suppose! Most of the people who frequent this joint are of the below 20 age bracket, which probably explains it. Such is the folly of youth.
Don't be fooled by the fancy rosewood retro chinoiserie decor, there is nothing authentic about the sub-standard fare served here.
Looks can lie
My first impression of the shop was that it served authentic desserts which tastes of what could be found in the old days due to the nostalgic feel of a old dessert shop the shop has. Furthermore, the large crowds and wide variety of desserts gave a view of an excellent dessert shop.
However, contrary to my impression, the desserts were average, not lousy but not fantastic. some of the desserts like the watermelon and honeydew sago which I tried was expensive and composed of easy to prepare ingredients, and makes one wonder if buying those ingredients and making the dessert oneself would be better as it felt to ordinary.
The black glutinous rice was meant to be a signature of the shop, but it turned out too watery and not flavourful of the long black glutinous rice grains. Service is slow and staff seem far off from wanting to serve their customers, and the waiter serving me and my friends forgot our specific requests, for example adding of ice cream to the black glutinous rice.
Overall, high prices and average food coupled with substandard service puts me off coming back, despite the nice nostalgic feel of the shop.
My favourite dessert shop
Ah Chew Desserts offers a wide variety of fresh hand-made hot and cold, traditional and modern desserts for your choice. The old-style menu signs that hangs behind the counter gives its patrons a sense of nostalgia. The place is always crowded and pack, especially during meal times.
Their Watermelon with sago is thirst quenching and refreshing. The taste of the watermelon and coconut blends very well together. The Ginko, Barley & Beancurd Skin was much better than the one in ION Orchard. There was a generous portions of barley and bean curd skin. My favourite, however, is the Double-boiled papaya with white fungus and almond because it is very tasty and this dessert is good for the throat.
The pricing for the desserts are usually $0.50 or $1.00 more expensive when compared with our local hawker centres but it is well-justified due to its prime location. The staff could be unfriendly during rush hours due to the overwhelming crowd and proper crowd control could be implemented better as people will tend to cut the queue and sit at any vacant table available.
Overall, one of my favourite desserts stall. Nothing like a nice dessert to complement your meals.
Not bad, but could be better
Yet another one of Singapore's acclaimed food places - this time a shop specialising in desserts. A friend of mine recommended me this place, apparently it's quite the spot to bring your date/loved ones to after a night out in town.
I ordered the mango sago with pomelo dessert, and it was in my opinion, average. It was a little too sour, and the amount was too little for my liking. This resulted in it being a little bland for my taste buds. However, it was definitely tasty, and I can see why it is so popular with the crowd.
Really thick and rich desserts
Whenever I go to Liang Seah Street for steamboat buffet, we always make sure that we leave a bit of stomach for dessert. And where do we go for desert, of course, Ah Chew. We always like to make a joke of it, and instead of saying we want to have dessert, we would say its time for a sneeze, cause Ah Chew sounds a bit like Ah Choo..
Well, joke a side, Ah Chew has a neat menu with quite a number of selection. I remember I would always go for the mango sago with pomelo. The combined taste is very nice. There is a tinge of the sweetness of the mango, and the sourness of the pomelo adds a nice tinge of flavour to the taste buds as you seep it along with the rich "sauce", eh.. it's not a sauce, but I can't think of the correct word now.
I remembered that there seems to be some other hot desserts as well, but those can be commonly found outside. I like to try things that are more different and as this pomelo dessert is a signature item on its own. I prefer to ask this as compare to the rest.
The shop is always crowded and it is a bit troublesome to get a seat. So do be a little patient and enjoy.