Mon - Thu: 11:00 - 20:00
Fri: 11:00 - 18:00
Sat: 11:00 - 20:00
Dove Desserts serves chendol similiar to Penang-style chendol. Made with homemade chendol strips, this stall is located along Lorong 7 Toa Payoh.
I was surprised to find this hidden gem in this food center with a little help from the HGW iPhone app.
The sweetness of the chendol was just right, and the ice shavings on the chendol were smooth, (somewhat reminding me of the texture of the ice on the ice kachang at Annie's) so much so that I was tempted to ask for more.
For $0.50 more, you can add durian toppings for the durian chendol.
This stall sells the usual variety of desserts, such as cheng tng, bubor hitam, tau suan, ice cocktails, etc etc. Price point is at an average of $1 per bowl. Back to the chendol. Let me put a disclaimer first. I am not a chendol expert nor a HUGE fan. So I am only reviewing based on pure personal preferences. I quite like it actually. Its not overly sweet nor overly lemak. Red beans and green agar agar (whatever u call those) are soft to the bite. On a personal note, I would prefer the big red beans instead. But then, at $1.50 a bowl, I guess I shouldn't be expecting too much. One thing to note: during the time there, overheard that the first default choice of dessert for a group of uncles is the chendol. All of them had the chendol and they looked like regulars.
At $1.00, Dove Dessert’s big serving of ice kachang offers value for money. Although there weren’t a lot of red beans, the beans were nicely cooked, whole and tender. There were plenty of thin grass jelly strips, a few cubes of colorful jelly, one attap chee, and a small topping of creamed corn. What we didn’t like was that the ice was coarse and melted too quickly. Also, there wasn’t enough gula melaka and evaporated milk. Most of the flavours came from coloured syrup, which gave the ice kachang a rather artificial taste.
-- Julia Khoo
How should chendol be taken? With shaved ice or as a drink with crushed ice, like the ones they serve by the road side in Malaysia? In all my years of eating chendol, I have never asked that question. In fact, I did not ask that question until I visited this stall. I have decided, after taking this particular chendol that it should and must be taken in shaved ice without mixing all the ingredients together.
Let me explain why. When you eat chendol as a drink, everything is mixed up and all you get to enjoy is the taste of cold coconut milk with gula melaka. But when eaten without mixing everything up, you actually get to appreciate the different elements of the chendol plus the texture of the finely shaved ice and feel it melt in your mouth. This is particularly delightful when you have really good gula melaka. The lady boss at the stall, Helen is so particular about the gula melaka she uses that she would drive to Malacca to buy the best one there to bring home. She also makes the chendol herself.
The other important element is the freshly squeezed coconut milk and the quality extra large red beans she uses. For me, the most striking thing was the shaved ice and the gula melaka. So good, it has changed my perception of chendol