Traditional Home Of Dessert (汕头街四果汤) @ Farlim, Penang.
**Traditional Home Of Dessert (汕头街四果汤) has moved its business back to Kimberley Street since August 2013.**
I am sure every Penangite should have heard of this famous dessert stall located at Kimberley Street --Traditional Home Of Dessert (汕头街四果汤). The owner has been running the business for more than few decades. The signature dessert will be, of course, their Si Koh Th'ng (四果汤) and almond dessert (杏仁茶), which is a mixture of ginko, lotus seeds, longan, red beans together with diluted sugar syrup. On the month of August, it marks another glorious moment for Traditional Home Of Dessert as they had finally opened a new branch that situated at Farlim. However, the prices were slightly marked up compared to the main outlet at Kimberley Street but the branch at Farlim does offer some special fried noodles and fried rice other than the dessert. Besides, some traditional biscuits and cookies are also being offered. Its definitely a place for you to have a light meal for high-tea or as supper.
Assorted traditional cookies from Ng Kee Cake House (伍记饼家) are also available here. Its very comfortable and satisfactory to have a bowl of dessert and a couple pieces of cookies. Some of the cookies available are also rarely seen in Penang, but I am sure for those who are at their 40's and 50's had seen them before.
One example for the uncommon cookies is Mo Luo Sou (摩啰酥, Rm1). Its a cookie with fluffy outer layer wrapped with sweet lotus seed paste. It was not too sweet, very special indeed.
Yam Cookies (Rm 1). Smooth and sweet yam paste being covered with crunchy and crispy pastry. You can even smell the buttery mild aroma from the cookies. The yam paste was superb, the yam flavor was very strong indeed, yet, the sweetness was not too much, just the right amount to satisfy my appetite.
Wedding Cookies (Rm1.50). This is another very traditional kind of gift exchange biscuits where by the marrying couple would have to send to their parents. There is another version of wedding cookies where they are red in color instead. The taste wise, was decent.
Almond Tea, the smooth and aromatic dessert has never failed to satisfy my wants towards dessert. Almond tea dessert has some positive effects on beauty too which suits ladies the most. However, almond tea dessert has its own unique flavor and smell, for those who dislike almond, it is advisable for you to choose other desserts instead.
It is always the best to enjoy a bowl of almond tea dessert with deep-fried dough strips (油炸鬼). Submerge the deep-fried dough strips under the almond tea to let it absorbs the flavor and soften the texture. Both of them do make a really good combination, its also a very traditional way of enjoying almond tea.
Red Bean Soup, a very simple and tasty dessert. The texture of the red beans was quite hard to my liking. I would have preferred those red beans with softer texture. The sweetness and taste were decent after all.
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address (for Farlim): 7A, Jalan Angsana, 11500, Bandar Baru Air Hitam. (Facing Shell Petrol Station; same row as Old Town Farlim).
Address (for Kimberley Street): 84, Lebuh Kimberley, 10100, Penang.
Business Hour (Farlim outlet only): Mon-Fri 12pm-3.30pm/5pm-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-9.30pm. (Closed on Wednesday, fortnightly)
Contact Number: 012- 473 2118 (Farlim outlet only)