I’m one of those people who love a good tong sui and must have it at least once a week. Sometimes, twice. My favourites are bubur gandum (mak chuk), black sesame paste (ji ma wu) and barley with beancurd (fu chuk yee mai). That said, only few places serve good tong sui and I recently discovered a decent place called PMK Dessert in Pudu.
The shop opens from 1pm onwards, and serves a small selection of tong sui (RM2 per bowl) along with some nyonya kuih. They also serve savoury items like fried rice, nasi lemak, glutinous rice and radish cake. In two visits, I managed to try five tong sui – black sesame paste, bubur gandum, peanut paste, red bean soup and herbal egg tea.
I didn’t care much for the herbal egg tea as the flavour was quite mild and it lacked aroma. If you want a better version, try the one from the Pudu street market. The red bean soup was just alright for me, but rif seemed to like it just fine. I found the bubur gandum tasty and not overly sweet. This came with bits of sweet corn for some colour and texture.
Fans of peanut paste tong sui would be disappointed with this one as this wasn’t as good as the one from K.T.Z.. I found the tong sui rather lumpy and the peanut wasn’t well roasted so it didn’t have a good aroma. The black sesame paste was fairly thick, smooth and aromatic. I would have preferred a more pronounced black sesame flavour but that would be too strong for many – I happen to be a huge fan of black sesame.
We also tried the Taiwanese radish cake (woon cai kou) which came topped with crisply fried shallots and spring onion. This was served with some sweet sauce and chilli sauce for extra oomph. The cake (RM3) was of just the right texture and aromatic from the addition of shallots and preserved vegetables inside. Good stuff!
I also ordered the spring roll (RM1.50) to try. Instead of the usual wrap, the ingredients were wrapped with silky rice sheets – like chee cheong fun, but slightly thicker. The ingredients comprised sengkuang, beansprouts and carrots. Interesting, but not my cup of tea.
I bought some nyonya kuih (RM0.60 per piece) home to try and liked the kuih talam best. It was fragrant from the pandan and creamy from the coconut milk used. This was not overly sweet – even my health conscious parents couldn’t resist a bite. Then they robbed the entire box from me. 😯
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Verdict: Decent tong sui and a good selection of snacks. Try the woon cai kou and kuih lapis.
Jalan Kancil off Jalan Pudu,
50490 Kuala Lumpur,
GPS Coordinates: N 3 08.163 E 101 42.799
Business hours: 1pm – 12 midnight. Closed on Tuesdays