This family-run hidden find in Katong offers a decent range of tasty homemade traditional desserts.
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Their ginger soup is homely and comforting, having a lovely sweet spice flavour.
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The glutinous rice ball is a little smaller than usual, but is handmade with a soft chewy medium thickness.
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Seems they alternate flavours daily, this time only the peanut paste was available. It's sweet nutty in flavour, with a grainy chunky texture. Nice!.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Le Le Zhan Desserts
@ Katong Shopping Centre, 865 Mountbatten Road #01-10
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 12pm – 7:30pm, Closed Mon
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With a 50-year history behind them, this chain serves reliably decent traditional desserts.
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The large glutinous rice balls have pink or white hues to indicate the type of filling within. It's soft and chewy and sticky, and the filling is generous.
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The black sesame paste has a coarse creamy texture with an earthy sweet nutty taste, while the peanut paste has a fine chunky texture with a nutty sweet flavour.
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The ginger soup tends to the sweet side, with the warming spice notes to complement.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Mei Heong Yuen Dessert
@ 63 Temple Street
Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 12pm – 9:30pm, Closed Mon
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This traditional dessert stall in the Alexandra area shares its name with several others around Singapore.
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The glutinous rice balls here are slightly larger than usual, bigger than the spoon, as it peers over the edge. Has a soft sticky chew, light and without a springy bounce.
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The filling of black sesame paste is gritty thick with bold earthy nutty sweet flavour, hot and soulful.
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The peanut paste filling is grainy chunky with lovely nutty sweet flavour, mellow and comforting.
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Love the sweet spice notes of the warm ginger soup too, great on cold days.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
House Of Desserts
@ Alexandra Village Food Centre, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-49
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 8:30pm
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This franchise is better known for their towering snow ice desserts, but they also serve traditional desserts.
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They have the largest glutinous rice balls I've seen, either that or it's an optical illusion brought about from the small bowl. With a soft chewy sticky texture, and pink or white hues to indicate the type of filling within.
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The black sesame paste has an earthy sweet nutty taste with a coarse creamy texture, while the peanut paste has a nutty sweet flavour with a fine chunky texture.
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Love the warm ginger soup with its herbal sweet spice flavour, so comforting. Heed their reminder to eat desserts!.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Ji De Chi
@ Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1-03
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am – 10pm
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This franchise has several outlets across Singapore, including several in the North, such as Choa Chu Kang.
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Their version of this dessert is unique, served in a warm osmanthus flower infused soup, having a lovely floral herbal sweet flavour.
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The glutinous rice ball is a little smaller than usual, but the skin has a soft chewy medium thickness, yielding easily to reveal the rich gritty creamy black sesame paste within, with its earthy sweet nutty flavour.
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They only seem to have 1 choice for the filling though. But I like it for the delicious soup.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
@ Lot One Shoppers' Mall, 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 #B1-K10
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 9pm
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Reowned for their wide range of traditional desserts, this stall has been delighting customers for nearly 2 decades.
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Perpetually packed with a younger crowd and families (rare to see any elderly), they serve a reliable and consistent rendition of ah balling.
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The glutinous rice balls are soft, sticky, and chewy, in pink or white hues to indicate the type of filling within.
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The black sesame paste has a bold earthy sweet nutty taste with a gritty thick feel, while the peanut paste has a nutty sweet flavour with grainy chunky texture.
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Especially love the warm ginger soup on cold rainy days, so shiok.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
Ah Chew Desserts
@ 1 Liang Seah Street #01-10
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 12:30pm – 12am, Fri 12:30pm – 1am, Sat 1:30pm – 1am, Sun 1:30pm – 12am, Closed Tue
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Not to be confused with the other '75' brand, this stall derived its name from its original and subsequent stall numbers - '75' pre-renovation, and '57' after relocating post-renovation.
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For over 30 years, their Chinese Hokkien style peanut soup is prepared by hand daily, boiled for up to 4 hours.
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This results in a warm milky white soup, with the peanuts being grainy soft, falling apart in the mouth with addictive nutty sweet flavour.
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The glutinous rice balls are soft and sticky with a medium thickness, yielding with a light chew, pairing well with the warm soup.
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The black sesame paste is rich and gritty thick, with bold earthy nutty sweet flavour. The peanut paste is rich and grainy chunky, with robust nutty sweet flavour.
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Hawker-Owner Peh Cheng Giap, or Ah Nam, also specialises in 2 other traditional old-school desserts (tau suan and red bean soup), and typically begins preparing the desserts at 3am everyday.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
75 Peanuts Soup 57
@ Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-57
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 7:30am – 2pm, Closed Sun
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Probably the most well known purveyor of this traditional dessert, serving for over 70 years. Now run by the 3rd-gen owners, with 3 outlets across Singapore.
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Named for the year the stall opened (1975) in Golden Mile Food Centre, they're known for a wide range of glutinous rice ball flavours (5 flavours), and different types of soup base (4 varieties).
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The soup bases are all handmade, served warm. I used to go for the signature peanut soup in the past, with its grainy peanut bits and nutty sweet flavour.
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Lately, I prefer the herbal sweet spice notes of the ginger soup instead, soothing and subtle, warming the soul.
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Their glutinous rice balls have a consistent soft sticky chew with a medium thickness.
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The black sesame paste is like gritty lava, smooth with earthy nutty sweet flavour, a personal favourite. The peanut paste is grainy chunky with nutty sweet notes, coming in close.
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The yam / taro paste is creamy thick in texture, with mild earthy sweet flavour that might be too light. The red bean paste has a thick sticky texture with earthy sweet notes, nice.
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Ah Balling Tang Yuan
75 Ah Balling
@ Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road #01-75
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11am – 8:30pm, Sat - Sun 10am – 8:30pm
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