Singapore is home to a plethora of different desserts; from traditional bowls of ice kachang to contemporary ones such as Korean bingsu, there is something out there for everyone.
When it comes to traditional desserts, one of our absolute favourites is a comforting bowl of cheng tng. This old school favourite is essentially a sweet soup that is chock full of nourishing ingredients such as gingko nuts, dried longan, red dates, dried persimmon, white fungus and candied winter melons. Cheng tng is also known to have plenty of health benefits so you can indulge in this sweet treat without feeling guilty!
There are a number of stalls in Singapore that serves soul-nourishing bowls of cheng tng but not many of them are Muslim-owned. Ayman-Alam is one of the few Muslim-friendly ones in Singapore and the stall is so dedicated to serving up the best cheng tng around that they don’t sell anything else besides it.
The no-frills store is tucked away right at the back of the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre and all you need to do is look out for its clean, white storefront.
Don’t be confused if you are served by a Chinese man; the stall is helmed by a Chinese-Muslim Singaporean couple who decided to serve Muslim-friendly renditions of the owner’s wife’s favourite dessert. How sweet!
Each bowl of cheng tng is priced at S$2.80 per bowl and is served either hot or cold. If you’re feeling a little more peckish, you can always opt to get a larger bowl at S$5.
Despite prices being kept affordable, they aren’t stingy with the serving size nor quality of ingredients. In fact, we found helpings of white fungus, dried persimmons, ginko nuts, longan and sweet potatoes in our bowls, and these aren’t all that is inside!
Saccharinely sweet without being too overwhelming, every mouthful of cheng tng is pure bliss. Each spoonful comes heaped with an abundance of ingredients which give the dessert a lovely, satisfying bite. Out of all the ingredients in the bowl, our favourite was this clear jelly which is actually peach resin.
The cold cheng tng is incredibly refreshing and is the perfect remedy to combat Singapore’s unforgiving weather. We were told that this was the more popular choice amongst the younger generation.
Drinking the hot version was a completely different experience and we like how it did not get diluted as fast as the cold cheng tng.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre Stall 13,
20 Kensington Park Road
Tel: +65 9786 5544
Tue to Sun: 4.30am – 12.30am
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Serangoon