Dessert Hut

Singapore is not only savoury

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What we say: 4 stars

Need something sweet after chilli crab or laksa? Dessert Hut offers distinctly Chinese desserts that are great both for satisfying the sweet tooth and adventurous eater in you.

The original no frills shop is located in the People's Park Complex, a not-so-glamorous shopping centre in Chinatown, but don't be put off by the lack of atmosphere -- any thought or energy that was skimped on ambiance was put straight into the desserts.

Most of the many selections are traditional Chinese desserts -- which are often healthy, have a soupy consistency and are served in a bowl -- so don't expect cheesecake and hot fudge sundaes here. The hot desserts are perhaps an acquired taste and often contain yam, mushroom and other ingredients you might not expect in a dessert.

Try the almond cream (a mildly sweet paste made from ground almonds) or the ah boling peanut soup (balls made from rice flour and peanut paste in a sweet ginger broth). The cold desserts are made with fresh tropical fruits and have more of a mass appeal. Our favourite is the mango sago, a refreshing bowl of shaved ice, fresh mango and chewy sago pieces (similar to the tapioca pearls at the bottom of a cup of bubble tea).

All desserts cost less than S$3.50, so you can always chance it on something different and replace it with a safer selection if your first choice is a bit too strange in flavour or texture. Dessert Hut has opened additional branches to satisfy its loyal following -- you can also find it in The Arcade (near Raffles Place MRT), Tanjong Pagar Plaza and Old Airport Road Hawker Centre.

Nearest MRT: Chinatown

Contact details
101 Upper Cross Street, #02-48 People's Park Centre, Chinatown
T: 6533 1137
Open: Daily 11:00-19:30

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