I have a sweet tooth… I can survive on sweets and desserts happily, for days on end and not complain of lack of chili! And my sweet tooth thanks my lucky stars every single day, that I have had a chance and the good fortune of living in Singapore, for this place is a dessert heaven! Apart from your cakes, cookies and ice creams (which I must say this place has in abundant variety), Singapore offers a unique exposure to some desserts I would never have tried, had I been in the west.
One such dessert place I was introduced to a year ago was “Honeymoon Dessert”. Currently located across 8 outlets in Singapore, the dessert place has presence in Hong Kong, China and Indonesia as well. On occasion of the new year, we decided to visit my favourite dessert place at Bugis Junction.
I love the decor there… simple and quite welcoming.
Honeymoon Dessert, what it offers is as interesting as its name. The large variety of desserts available are, as the place claims, local flavour of desserts from China and Thailand (etc.) which use ingredients almost never used in our common desserts.
Tofu, Red and green beans, bean curd, sesame, egg white, Thai black rice to name a few. Other than the ingredients, they create some really interesting mixtures and desserts. They also have some desserts made out of bird’s nest. Other examples include walnut soup, Durian Pudding, Tody Palm with Sago etc. to name a few.
What’s more, their menu is so well made, it actually shows you the photographs of various desserts. This becomes really helpful for those who cannot visualize what a particular combination or dish would look like.
This visit, we had a mango special evening.
 Mango in Vanilla Sauce with Thai Black Glutinous Rice: I love Vanilla and it remains my favourite ice cream. I come from land of Alfonso mangoes, so Mango indeed is my favourite fruit and I love Thai sweet rice. The three make for a killer combination. And despite having three sweet ingredients, the dessert is not overly sugary… It is quite good.
 Mango Pomelo Sago: I first had mango pomelo sago in Hong Kong during my last visit… it is supposed to be a dessert invented in Honk Kong. It is a killer mixture of sweet mango, tangy pomelo, soaked sago and coconut milk mixed with cream. It is an explosion of flavours and texture, sweet and sour, smooth and rough! It brought back some memories of having sago porridge as a kid!
 Mango Pancake: Of the three dishes we tried this time, I suppose the mango pancake was the most disappointing. Pancakes are available in 3 flavours… mango, banana and durian. It is unlike the pancakes we are usually used to.
Think sheet stuffed with mixture of the fruit and cream. It is not bad, just that it isn’t what I expected. Further, of the three, the pancake wasn’t sweet, it was sugary. The cream filling was overly sugar based, which I felt kind of spoilt the taste.
A few other desserts to definitely try, as they are my personal favourite:
– Double Boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Tea: Some find the idea of a bird’s nest repelling. I know of quite a few people personally who cannot get themselves to try it. Bird’s nest Edible bird’s nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, with an average nest selling for $2,500 per kilogramme for end-consumers in Asia. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird’s nest soup. For example, bird’s nest soup, delicacy made from the salivary excretions of the swiftlet. However, for the adventurous kinds, I would definitely advise a try… it’s well worth it and of course something different!
– Durian Pudding: For those who cannot eat the durian fruit, but want to try it, this is probably the best way. Durian pudding, made out of durian puree is pretty well made… and worth a try. After all durian is the fruit for Singapore!
How much will it cost me: This is the best part… for the volume, spread, quality and variety they offer, they are so reasonable. Their dishes cost around 4 to 7 dollars each and you can share…
Verdict: Oh, no question about it… visit and you won’t regret it. It can also act as a coffee shop meeting with friends. Try it for desserts that offer something different… in fact some of it is quite healthy as compared to heavy typical desserts… so some weight watchers can also go there ad indulge a little without guilt! Double thumbs up for something different.
*Weekend evenings is usually quite crowded.