Mango sago with pomelo! Mango sago with pomelo! Try saying that as fast as you can 10 times! It’s like a tongue twister, isn’t it?
I much prefer its Chinese name 杨枝甘露. Literally “honeyed dew drops falling from a willow tree branch”, doesn’t that sound so much more poetic?
Whenever I’m in Chinatown, it’s become a ritual to stop by Mei Heong Yuen before heading home. MHY is famous for traditional Cantonese tong soi (sweet soup desserts) like walnut paste, sesame paste, and steamed milk pudding.
But I always end up with the mango sago pomelo, which is a relatively modern invention. What I love is:
1. It’s always well-chilled;
2. It’s always fresh;
3. The mango puree is creamy and smooth; and
4. The mango cubes are sweet and the size I like, which is chunky!
On its own, I don’t enjoy pomelo, especially the bitter type, but here, the crisp bitter pomelo sacs contrast beautifully against the smooth sweetness of mango, which can get cloying on its own after a while.
If I’m feeling peckish, I also like to order the savoury steamed carrot cake or pumpkin cake (not pictured). Sprinkled liberally with toasted sesame seeds, they are tasty and yet have this homemade quality about them.
Mei Heong Yuen Desserts
65-67 Temple Street
Tel: 6221 1156
Sun to Fri: 10:30am to 8pm
Sat: 10:30am to 10pm