Monday, 13 January 2014

Mei Heong Yuen (味香园) at Chinatown: Battle of the Paste

Mei Heong Yuen Paste
Mei Heong Yuen is a popular dessert destination at Chinatown- it occupies not one, two but three shop space at the stretch of shophouses along Temple Street. We went there on a weekday night, and boy, all three sections were full and bustling with people tucking in to these wholesome sweet treats.

Mei Heong Yuen Dessert Menu

Mei Heong Yuen Snow Ice Menu

Mei Heong Yuen specialises in traditional Chinese/Cantonese desserts and snacks. In the recent years, it has also expanded its offerings to include Taiwanese snow ice. Each item on the menu look so tantalising, and we were having such a hard time deciding what to have. And then we decided, let's have a battle of the paste! Of course traditional shops like Mei Heong Yuen would be good at traditional desserts right? Let's go right back to the basics!

No. 3: Almond Paste ($3)

Mei Heong Yuen Almond Paste

Mei Heong Yuen Almond Paste Dessert

Almond is my favourite nut (if I'm more well-off, the choice would be macadamia), but my anticipation of Mei Heong Yuen's almond paste was met with a little disappointment. The paste was a tad watered down, and the almond taste was rather thin. The paste was just generally sweet without much almond flavour.

No. 2: Black Sesame Paste ($3)

Mei Heong Yuen Black Sesame Paste

Mei Heong Yuen Black Sesame Paste Dessert

Somehow, the black streak down the bowl of black sesame paste made it even more tantalising. The black sesame paste at Mei Heong Yuen is very fragrant, and I liked that the paste came with a little bitter aftertaste.

Champion: Peanut Paste ($3)

Mei Heong Yuen Peanut Paste

Mei Heong Yuen Peanut Paste Dessert

Mei Heong Yuen's peanut paste is undeniably the best paste here, and the best peanut paste in Singapore. The peanut taste is rich; the texture consistent- the paste literally went from my mouth straight to my heart. It is like peanut in thick and creamy liquid form. I liked the warm and fuzzy feeling that peanut paste gave, simply heart-warming.

Mei Heong Yuen's pastes are winners. In fact, it rekindled my love for hot traditional desserts, and is a good change from the iced coffees and cupcakes in the numerous cafes nowadays. Mei Heong Yuen is a must on your list if you're heading down for a food hunt at Chinatown. Sit and embrace the buzz of the place while filling your heart with warm traditional desserts.

Singapore Food Blog Review by Kumory


Mei Heong Yuen (味香园甜品)

67 Temple Street Singapore
1030am- 10pm (Daily)

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