Hee Kee Desserts (囍記) is one of the newest Hong Kong dessert shops to open in Singapore. This halal-certified eatery, whose name means “treasuring happiness”, serves all-time favourite Hong Kong desserts with some local twists. I love desserts and confess that I have a sweet tooth, thus I was thrilled when I was invited to a food tasting session (erm…I meant dessert tasting)! ^_^
Upon entering, the display of colourful tiffin carriers and the fridge caught my eye!
This dessert shop seats 40 people, in a vintage-inspired setting.
Menu – there are 80 desserts which you can choose from and all of them are hand-made by their in-house chefs.
Their Top 6 “Must-Try” desserts include the following: (clockwise from top left) Mango Cheong Fun, Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice Cream & Peanut Crush, Durian Pancake, D24 Durian Sauce with Sago, Homemade Beancurd with Gula Melaka, and finally the one in the middle is their Traditional Steamed Milk Pudding.
We had the privilege of tasting all of them in one sitting (my first time eating only desserts for lunch!) and they were served in the sequence from mildest flavoured to the strongest tasting ones (i.e. durian), which makes complete sense as those desserts with stronger flavours would subsequently cause your tastebuds not to be able to identify the more subtle flavours.
Traditional Steamed Milk Pudding ($3.50)
This dessert is made using fresh milk and the entire preparation process takes about 1-2hrs, out of which 20min is spent on steaming. The pudding was smooth and I loved its milky taste. Someone commented that it was as good as the one they had at a well-known dessert shop in Hong Kong!
Homemade Beancurd with Gula Melaka ($3.30)
The bowl of soya beancurd was unsweetened and gula melaka syrup is provided on the side, so add according to your sugar tolerance level. I first tasted the beancurd before adding the gula melaka syrup and decided that I couldn’t do without, thus I emptied almost half of the portion of syrup that was given. My hubby on the other hand said he could eat it plain and didn’t put much of the brown sugar solution in his!
This is how it looks after adding the syrup and I have to say that the beancurd was silky smooth and effortless to swallow.
Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice Cream & Peanut Crush ($8.80)
This was my favourite dessert out of everything that I had tried!! The coconut was very fresh and most of the flesh had already been scraped out in strips so that it is easier for customers to eat it. The coconut ice cream was very milky and delicious and the peanut bits complemented the dessert very well by giving it an extra crunch.
This dessert is also served with 1 cup of fresh coconut juice on the side. My hubby was experimenting and poured some of the juice into the dessert and said it was heavenly but I preferred to drink it on its own.
Mango Cheong Fun ($3.30 per piece)
When this was served to us, many people actually thought it was really cheong fun but the outer skin is actually a spongy sweet-coconut infused skin which had been steamed but it felt more like a coconut jelly to me.
When you cut into it, you will find a nice plump and juicy chunk of mango inside. It was sweet and yummy! (Probably my second favourite dessert here, after the coconut)
D24 Durian Sauce with Sago ($5.80)
This dessert is really potent and durian fans will love this! D24 durians are used and the smooth and creamy durian sauce is topped with fresh durian flesh and a generous helping of sago. The aroma and flavour just overwhelms your tastebuds! Usually I will opt for durian pancake over this dessert, but surprisingly I quite enjoyed this!
Durian Pancake (From $3.30)
This pancake is wrapped in a not too thick coconut infused skin, which is filled with whipped cream and bursting with D24 durian puree. I found that overall the flavour wasn’t as strong as the previous dessert, as perhaps the combination with the whipped cream had toned down the durian taste.
Here’s how it looks when you cut it in two. Doesn’t it simply make your mouth water?
Other items which we had tried were:
Mango Sago with Pomelo ($4.50)
The flavour of the mango wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it to be – I’m not sure if that was because I had this after 2 durian desserts. I didn’t really like their version of this dessert and will choose the Mango Cheong Fun over this hands-down.
“Liu Sha Tang Yuan” in Osmanthus Soup ($3.80)
This sounded interesting as I’ve only ever eaten liu sha bao (custard buns) but never had liu sha in tang yuan form, thus we simply had to try it to satisfy our curiosity! Typically each serving has about 4 tang yuan but since we were only sampling this dish, we were given 3. I must say that at first glance the glutinous rice balls resemble eggs or orangy coloured fishballs! LOL…
Custard starts to ooze out immediately after you bite into the tang yuan! It’s like eating mochi which is filled with a custard sauce that just can’t wait to break free!! In case you’re wondering, there is no salted egg yolk in this. My hubby absolutely loved this dessert but personally, I think I will stick to having liu sha in bao form.
Verdict: My personal favourites were the Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice Cream & Peanut Crush, Mango Cheong Fun and D24 Durian Sauce with Sago.
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JP2, #03-54/55 Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886.
Daily 11:00 – 22:00
Telephone: 6795 0765
Getting There by Public Transport:
Boon Lay (EW27)
SBS Transit (Boon Lay Interchange):
30, 79, 154, 157, 174, 174e, 179, 179A, 181, 182, 182M, 192, 193,
194, 198, 199, 240, 241, 242, 243W/G, 246, 249, 251, 252, 254, 255,
SMRT (Boon Lay Interchange):
172 , 178 , 180 , 187