Ayman-Alam Desserts – Uniquely Singaporean Cheng Tng at Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Do you know that Cheng Tng is a uniquely Singaporean dessert? This popular sweet treat which can be found in most food courts is as delicious as it is nutritious. Containing a myriad of nourishing ingredients, cheng tng has been known to improve skin conditions, memory and blood circulation.
There’s a stall that sells only cheng tng in the famous Chomp Chomp Food Centre. The signboard reads “Ayman-Alam Desserts”, which confused us for a bit. It turns out that this establishment is actually Muslim-owned!
The owner’s wife, who is Malay, often prepares her favourite cheng tng for friends and family. The owner, who converted to Islam upon marriage, thought that opening their own cheng tng stall, like he always wanted, would be a great idea. Now, almost 10 months after settling into Chomp Chomp, the cheng tng has become rather popular. The couple’s children help out at the stall whenever they can.
A Malay-Chinese couple working together to sell cheng tng, I thought the whole story was adorably Singaporean.
Can you name all the ingredients?
Let me help. Top row, from left to right: Longan, Sweet Potato, White Fungus, Ginko, Barley. Followed by the second row: Dried Persimmon, Sterculia Seed, Peach Resin, Winter Melon.
All the chatting was making me thirsty and I couldn’t wait to dive into my Cheng Tng($2.80 when you’re having it here, $3.5 for takeaways, $5 for a large portion)
Singapore’s hot weather always pushes me to go for the cold option but a piping hot bowl is usually more fragrant. Even though it was really warm, I opted for the hot bowl, while the rest went for the cold one.
Just as I was about to take the tray back to my table, the uncle told me that youngsters usually go for the cold option, while the older generation prefers the hot version. Sometimes, they want it so hot that even a bowl straight from the boiling pot is not hot enough for them.
The Cheng Tng ($2.8) was chock full of ingredients — the ice cubes could barely fit into the bowl! The different textures and taste of the ingredients made this a very enjoyable bowl. I particularly liked how soft the sweet potatoes were.
Sweetness is a tough aspect to manage and nail when it comes to desserts. It is evident that a good amount of experimentation had been done as we all unanimously agreed that the cheng tng was not too sweet.
As we enjoyed our desserts, we watched the father-daughter duo work in tandem at the stall. Perhaps that made our cheng tng a little sweeter.
Next time you’re in Chomp Chomp, do get a bowl of cheng tng to go along with the other delicious food at the food centre!
Address: Serangoon Gardens Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Rd, 557269, Stall 13
Phone: 9786 5544
Opening Hours: 5.30pm to 11.30pm Daily, Closed on Mondays
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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