Oft touted as one of the best cheng tng in Singapore, Ye Lai Xiang has been selling this much-loved local dessert for more than 5 decades. They use at least 10 different ingredients: dried longan, sweet potato, mung bean, winter melon strips, sago balls, dried persimmon strips, white fungus, gingko nut, barley, pangdahai, and lotus seed.
While the single small cube of sweet potato was nicely candied, some of the other ingredients could do with some fine-tuning, eg. the mung bean and dried longan which needed to be further softened. The broth was sufficiently flavorful without being overly sweet.
One of the oldest and better cheng tng stalls around, I would certainly endorse Ye Lai Xiang more, if not for the fact that they try to upsell their $3.00 “special” version (comes with bigger portion of ingredients) by downsizing the amount of ingredients for their $1.50 and $2.00 versions.
Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng 夜来香清汤
1 Bedok Road
Stall 31, Bedok Food Centre
11.30am to 8pm (earlier if sold out)
Closed on Mon & Tue