The weather is killing me these days. Even under the shade, i still feel like i’m being gradually roasted. I used to think that the solution to this unbearable heat is a scoop of ice-cream. But after getting my brains fried under the sun, i’ve come to the conclusion that a bowl of hot chinese dessert is the key to making yourself feel cooler on a hot day. You see, if you eat something hotter than the external environment, your body will begin to lose heat to the surroundings rather than absorb heat….RIGHT!? So won’t that lead to you feeling cooler? 😄
Anyway, i was in Tiong Bahru Market recently and despite being in the shade, the heat was really getting to me. But i had a craving for some hot chinese dessert after my breakfast, just to sweeten my morning!
I found a stall called Tiong Bahru Tau Suan, selling only 3 desserts, namely Tau Suan, Pulut Hitam and Bubur Terigu. The dessert menu only lasts for the day, while in the afternoon, they start selling Fish Soup. Quite an unusual combination of food to sell! And turns out, the owner of this stall was crowned the Hawker Master for Tau Suan in 2011!
A bowl of Tau Suan only costs $1. The portion isn’t very big but i think that’s what desserts should be like. It shouldn’t be too heavy; something small to close the meal. In my opinion, the Tau Suan was very good. Unlike many bowls of Tau Suan, the sweetness of the thick base did not mask the flavour of the mung beans. Steamed just before added to the base, the mung beans are then further cooked with pandan leaves to give this classic golden dessert the additional aroma. I love how the snipped You Tiao just soaks up all the flavour of the dessert. It not only gives additional texture to the dessert, but also goes especially well with the mung beans that simply crumble in the mouth.
Apart from Tau Suan, i also had a bowl of Pulut Hitam. The black rice was well cooked and wasn’t tough to chew. Did you know that black rice was once considered the finest of all rice in China? Served only to the Emperor, black rice was also known as the “forbidden rice”. To think a dessert enjoyed by many Singaporeans today was once exclusive to only the Chinese Emperor!
I haven’t got a chance to try the Bubur Terigu, but i think that the quality of it can’t be too far off from the other two desserts. Do give it a try if you’re at Tiong Bahru Market in the morning. It can never be to early to have desserts!
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-55 Tiong Bahru Market
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 2:30pm
- Tau Suan – $1
- Pulut Hitam – $1