Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
- < $10
10 Tampines Central 1
2 Jurong East St. 21
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
799 New Upper Changi Road
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West
Changi City Point
5 Changi Business Central Park 1
1 Woodlands Square
Changi Airport T3 Transit
65 Airport Boulevard
#02-K3, Terminal 3
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert offers a tempting range of delectable desserts such as Mango Pomelo Sago, Osmanthus Jelly, Lemongrass Jelly with Strawberry and Aloe Vera, which are some of their signature items. They also offer a selection of Hong Kong noodles and snacks, such as Wanton Noodle, Char Siew Cheong Fun, Carrot Cake, just to name a few.
My usual orders are their HK Zha Jiang Hor Fun and Yolky Custard Pau. Their hor fun is flat, thin, and smooth; and their meat sauce was adequately savory without being too salty. Their liu sha baos come in a basket of 2 innocuous-looking buns that will surprise you with their taste. The warm salted egg yolk custard oozes out upon the first bite, tearing through the soft pau and mingling joyously with your tastebuds.
They also usually have a promotion that allows you to add a dessert and side for a small fee of $1.90. That’s a terrific deal, if you ask me!
Springy noodles cooked just right, some stalks of Chinese veg and your choice of meat. Nothing too special, yet! But a add a dab of their special homemade chilli sauce, and your tastebuds will be taken on a trip. Seriously, it's so fragrant and flavour-packed. Even if you're not a huge fan of chilli or you can't take spice, I highly recommend trying it at least once in your life. Hey, the flames in your mouth are well worth it.
I recently tried their new promo dish featuring scallops, abalone and special mushrooms which I have since forgotten the name of. Doesn't matter, because everything was DELICIOUS.
Seriously considering getting myself a bottle of their chilli (yes, they are available for sale) to just douse on any and all food I eat at home.
The sides are usually carrot or yam cake. The first time I order the carrot cake, the amount of oil in it took me back by surprise. There was oil on the plate and the carrot cake looked oily as well so I decided to use a serviette to absorb the extra oil. Though it is known that most food places reuse their oil, the oil absorbed came out yellow and it did not look appetizing at all.
Next would be their dessert, the more popular choices would be the Mango Sago. Though I feel that it is too watery and not creamy like what I expected. The black and white sesame I tried was rather bland and could do with slightly more sugar. My past few experiences with the side dishes and desserts were not too pleasant, especially with the stuffy atmosphere. Once, twice and thrice, guess that is enough.
I decided to sit down and order the thing from the menu that had attracted me. My aunt decided to treat me and my sister to the desserts we ordered - which made me feel bad because the price is a little on the high side for desserts. Nevertheless, I decided that I would thoroughly enjoy the dessert to appreciate my aunt's gesture of goodwill. However, I was severely disappointed with the quality and standard of the mango sago. It was hardly natural tasting - all I tasted was some mango juice with a whole lot of sugar. Instead of the dessert being creamy, it was watery. I will not be going back anytime soon - or anymore, rather.
The outlet at Raffles City is a tad too crowded for me though. It's hard to carry a proper conversation without feeling the mad urge to leave the place. Felt as though the staff there were in a hurry for us to leave too! We had barely finished our dessert before they started clearing our bowls.
Overall, I feel that you can definitely get dessert of equivalent quality somewhere else for a much cheaper price. Mei Heong Yuan dessert is one such alternative that I recommend!
I also ordered a plate of Wanton Noodles, but its quantity was below average, and its quality was equal to that of a Singapore hawker centre. Thus, this is not the place to go for someone looking to have a full meal.
The pork cutlet rice which I tried was nothing special, even though it was labelled "gold dusted". The portion was small, and they were stingy with the meat. Neither did it taste anything close to nice. Whatever.
I would not even try the deserts, simply because of the price. Also, the drinks were not tasty, and they didn't have the sugar my friend asked for, so I will ding them for that.
I admire Sheng kee for their array of mains, dessert and beverage choices though. It took me a long while to finally pick something I'd like to try which is their Avocado paste + Vanilla ice cream. Imagine that anticipation building up.
Then I got served some really liquid green stuff with a small dollop of ice cream. Took my first taste and immediately got irked. It was just sugar syrup, the whole of it. The equation: sweet "paste" + sweet Vanilla ice-cream = sugar overload. I could barely even taste any Avocado!
The dessert costed me close to $5. Yes for just sugar syrup.
My date ordered a HK Iced Milk Tea and they served him what tasted like milo and claimed it was their signature tea. Okay. *hands up*
I took a bite of the carrot cake dessert my friend had ordered - couldn't taste the radish (the carrot in the carrot cake) at all. My disappointed Hong Kong friend said that you could taste the radish bits in an authentic Hong Kong carrot cake dessert. Without the radish bits, aren't you just paying for steamed rice cake?
When I first entered the shop, I was thinking of having a full meal but after looking at the prices, I changed to just having desserts. Hong Kong desserts were supposed to be very nice but the ginger steamed milk, a traditional Hong Kong desserts was not as I expected. I vaguely remembered the taste I had when I was in Hong Kong and this was nowhere near what I remembered.