Our tastes and sense of adventure when it comes to food nowadays knows no bounds.
We used to stick to what we knew and what we were familiar with. Even if something new came along and was Halal, it might take awhile for an idea to catch on. But now, anything is possible.
One particular thing that we all seem to fancy is dessert!
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t take at least a little enjoyment when indulging in their sweet tooth every once in awhile. Traditional Chinese-style desserts that are Halal is definitely a rarity in Singapore.
Well, finally we have somewhere to go to enjoy such delicacies!!
Hee Kee Desserts is located in Jurong Point which is quite a ways away for us East-siders so we made sure to cover the whole lot since we made the trip!
|Traditional Steamed Milk Pudding ($3.50)|
I know a lot of you are going “It looks so… boring…”
Well let me tell you – some of the best tasting things ever are the ones you least expect!
As plain as this looks, it was one of our faves! The milky flavour was divine and so smooth. It was not overly sweet so you can really taste the milk in the pudding. A lot of you might compare this to beancurd and it’s pretty close but I’ll prefer milk to soy milk anyday!
But if you REALLY insist on adding something to it, they have a Red Bean variation. Also, try the Almond Milk Pudding, Ginger Milk Pudding or the big one – Egg Yolk Pudding!
All traditionally steamed of course!
And just how smooth is the pudding?
|Mango Cheong Fun ($6.00 for 2 pieces)|
When we heard ‘Mango Cheong Fun’ we were a bit wary. The only ‘Cheong Fun’ we were familiar with was Chee Cheong Fun and we could not imagine any mangoes being associated with that. But oh boy were we surprised (in a good way).
The Cheong Fun skin was actually infused with coconut that you can actually taste!
And what awaits within the delicious white skin?
A nice big juicy piece of mango awaits you within! And what a combination when you eat the mango with the coconut-infused skin. You can really appreciate it if you’re looking for a sweet and fresh flavour in your desserts.
I have to say that I was really surprised with this one. Not only was it something I didn’t expect but I was very impressed with the innovative nature of the dessert. Damn creative right!
And speaking of innovative…
|Durian Pancake ($3.30 per piece)|
Hee Kee seems to be teasing us a lot by offering us stuff that is wrapped up.
First was the Mango Cheong Fun and now this. But we are not complaining! Far from it!!
Behold! The Durian Pancake! I actually nicknamed this ‘The Golden Pillow’ but then I realized that name was already taken… So instead… I shall call this… ‘The Golden Cushion’!!
It’s basically a coconut-infused crepe (that’s oh-so-fluffy) that envelopes what is probably the favourite fruit of so many people. DURIAN!!! Oh yeah! The King of Fruits is ready to be devoured at Hee Kee and we recommend you enjoy it by ordering the Durian Pancake.
Now look at that. Super generous serving of durian all wrapped up within the crepe!
And just so you have a bit of variety, there’s some whipped cream in there too but don’t worry you durian lovers will still get to savour every single morsel.
And if you’re looking for more durian, Hee Kee also has Durian Pudding and a few dishes that incorporate Sago with durian too!
Personally for me – as long as got durian means confirmed power!
Hee Kee also has other desserts with fruits as the main attraction by the way. They have a whole series called ‘Manog Mania’ and other desserts feature fruits like Rock Melon, Papaya and Watermelon too!
|Durian Sauce with Sago ($5.80)|
You all probably know we have a couple of obsessions here on The Halal Food Blog.
(I’m talking about obvious ones!) One of them is Poached Eggs and the other is… Salted Egg Yolks!
Maybe it’s something about the ‘runny’ nature of the 2 but there’s just something about them…
And the reason we mention this is because.. There’s Salted Egg Yolk at Hee Kee!!
|Salted Egg Yolks Glutinous Rice Balls in Osmanthus Sweet Soup ($3.80)|
So here are these golden orbs of goodness… Dumplings made from glutinous rice containing some of the most delicious fillings ever known to man… Salted Egg Yolk! In fact you can see some already seeping out from the side there LOL
Okay so it’s more of Salted Egg Yolk custard paste but it still counts and the salted egg yolk flavour still prevails when we take a big bite of those balls.
I don’t know about you but I’m going ZOMG right about now…
And as always, we try to capture the perfect video of the oozing salted egg yolk but again we FAIL!!
But trust us. If you like Salted Egg Yolk, then try this dessert. Before this, we only had salted egg yolk for dessert in the form of a pau so this was a new experience for us. And the glutinous rice balls were not too thick so they had a good bite to them. Plus, they’re swimming in a bowl of sweet Osmanthus broth which gives it a nice balance because it’s really light.
|Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice Cream & Peanut Crush ($8.80)|
If the first thing that comes to your mind when we say “dessert” is ice-cream, well they have it too!
And it’s not going to be those sundaes that are over the top and too sweet… this is the natural stuff!
So you get a whole coconut complete with shell which they have hollowed out for you and fill it up with with really tasty coconut ice-cream! You can really taste the coconut flavour and the sweet flavour was just nice. They even have the coconut flesh which the scrape off the sides for you! Topped off with some crushed peanuts and you’re all set!
And as an added bonus, they will serve you the coconut water from the coconut itself!
Nothing goes to waste here!!
|Curry Chicken Ball ($3.80)|
If you’re like me and you need a little something else before you start on your desserts, fret not because Hee Kee also has something special in the form of their curry!
You can choose from the Chicken Ball (it’s actually Chicken Luncheon Meat! ZOMG so good!) or the Curry Fish Ball. They both come with some really tasty curry and some tau kwa too! Perfect small bites to get you started on the road before your desserts!
And I have to say I was quite surprised by how tasty the curry was! To be honest it looked to be on the watery side but boy oh boy was it packed with curry flavour! Apparently it’s a take on the popular Curry Fish Ball which is really popular in Hong Kong. Well, it made me wanna have prata after that!
Hee Kee really gives us the chance to sample and enjoy some traditional desserts because it’s quite rare to find the ones that are certified Halal in Singapore. I’m talking about special desserts like Almond Paste, Taro Paste, Black Sesame Paste, Glutinous Rice Balls, Steamed Puddings and even Beancurds.
If you really wanna go all-out, they also have Birds Nest which is prepared traditionally in many variations like Red Date Soup, Rock Sugar and even Coconut Soup too!
If you’re ever in the area, you should really drop by. In fact, it might even be worth making the trip all the way to the West because to be honest, the desserts here are pretty exceptional and we’re glad that such a place exists that we can enjoy such desserts that we don’t normally get to enjoy so often.
Hopefully they open one in the East or Central soon! *hint hint*
Hee Kee Desserts
JP 2, Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central 2, #03-54/55
Tel: 6743 8480
11am til 10pm Daily