When i think of desserts, two things come to mind – ice cream and beancurd. Yes, beancurd! There’s nothing really special about beancurd; no bold flavours, nothing complicated. It’s a simple dish, one that reminds me not of the prettiest girl in the school, but of the quiet girl next door. Her smooth white complexion exudes a warm glow under the morning sun; every spoon a gentle sweet kiss.
For 50 cents, you can have a bowl kisses of that girl next door(: The beancurd at Tan Soon Mui is soft, but firmer in its consistency. I’m surprised how much beancurd you’re given for just 50 cents. Sometimes i wonder what i’m paying for when i’m charged more than a dollar for something like beancurd. I’m glad i’m getting value for money at Tan Soon Mui. The syrup compliments as well as acentuates the mild soya flavour of the beancurd, and it’s better eaten warm.
Pay another 50 cents and you can get a bowl grass jelly too. This bowl of obsidian black jelly has a springy texture to it, and it’s served with sweet syrup too which balances the slight bitterness of the jelly. I prefer my bowl of grass jelly cold, and when eaten with a bowl of warm beancurd, you know that your body is getting the perfect balance of yin and yang!
Be it black or white, both are equally perfect as a simple chinese dessert at the end of any meal.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-41 Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm
- Beancurd – $0.50
- Grass Jelly – $0.50