I first visited Dao three months ago when Jien insisted we go for dessert after lunch in SS15 Subang Jaya. He was adamant I give Dao a shot as he’s been frequenting this place with his colleagues when they go for lunch within the vicinity.
Dao is located down the road from the famous SS15 pork noodles – a cosy little space that oozes nostalgia from the wall murals and “good morning” towels on display. Run by three siblings, service is quick and friendly, even during peak hours.
The place is constantly packed right from the moment they open and come night time, the popular items would run out. I’ve never seen the shop empty in all my four visits; spanned across different hours. Seems like they are always on “peak” period when I’m there.
Dao specialises in soy milk drinks and desserts – in Ipoh, they go by the name Weong Kee Bean Curd, manned by the trio’s father who’s been in business for more than 25 years. The menu is small but sufficient, and I enjoy almost everything available.
The soy milk drink is available white (RM2.80) and black (RM4.80) – both good in their own right. I like how the texture is smooth and light, and with just the right amount of sugar. The black version has more character, almost caramel-like with a stronger aroma.
I’ve had the tau fu fah plain (RM3.50), with red bean (known as dao red) and also black sesame paste (dao panda). Cute names, and delicious tasting too. The tau fu fah is smooth and delicate in texture – a joy to eat. Between the dao red and dao panda (RM5.50 each), I like the latter as I generally enjoy black sesame paste desserts.
Don’t leave without trying Dao’s shaved ice – ginger, lemon and chrysanthemum (RM7.90 each). I’ve yet to try the lemon (the only item I haven’t tried on Dao’s menu) but both the ginger and chrysanthemum are pretty good. Finely shaved ice on top of silken smooth tau fu fah, topped with tong yuen and syrup for flavour.
The perfect remedy on a hot day, for sure.
Overall, I like Dao. It’s hard to pick on them, apart from the crazy crowd and lack of space. Then again, they do deliveries and I’ve seen people do “drive-through” pick-ups so if you don’t have the patience, that’s an option.
Food: 7.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Try the soy milk and shaved ice. Better still, try everything on the menu.
20, Jalan SS15/4B,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 018-572 3418
Business hours: Noon till 10pm