Let’s be real – half the point of eating desserts nowadays is ensuring we get a pretty picture to post on Instagram. It’s not just about the taste, it’s also about the aesthetic, right? That might be why people go to cafes more than hawker centres for their sweet treats nowadays – waffles and ice cream usually make better photos than goreng pisang and cheng tng, no matter how flavourful they are.
Well, you’re in luck, because the stall we’re introducing today gets an A+ rating in both looks and deliciousness. If you’re up for a bowl of traditional dessert that both looks and tastes amazing, head down to 115 Tang Shui.
Instagrammable Traditional Desserts
115 Tang Shui is situated in Chinatown Complex Food Centre, and as hawker stalls go, this one’s pretty popular! The traditional dessert aspect draws in the locals – it’s here that they can get their piping hot bowl of red bean soup – and tourists are attracted by the rave reviews. And it doesn’t help that all of their desserts are incredibly, well, #photogenic.
Other than your usual red bean/green bean soup, 115 Tang Shui sells less common traditional desserts as well. Take almond paste and black sesame paste, for example. Order a half-and-half bowl and mix for a delightful marbled dessert that tastes just as good as it looks. Doesn’t this look like it came out of a hipster cafe?
Or you can order this swirling vortex of a dessert bowl, which combines all 4 dessert pastes available – peanut, walnut, black sesame and almond – into one bowl of delicious nuttiness. Does it look like a force of nature? That’s because it is. Your taste buds will agree.
Each paste is light and fragrant, not at all overly rich. As you eat, they swirl together so that every mouthful you take has a slightly different flavour profile.
It’s an experience for sure.
Tradition and Innovation
115 Tang Shui’s also known for its red bean and green bean soups, which give you a true taste of tradition. Its red bean soup is infused with aromatic notes of mandarin peel, and their green bean soup is cooked with rue.
Other than the bread-and-butter sweet soups and paste desserts every traditional dessert stall sells, though, the stall does seasonal specials sometimes, too. One example of this is their Wild Durian Sweet Potato bowl, which is filled with creamy, fragrant durian that’ll leave you wanting more.
Overall, dining on dessert from this stall is an experience we’d recommend. Won’t you give it a try?
Address: 335 Smith St, #02-206, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm, or until sold out! (Mon, Wed – Sun)