一家人 Yat Ka Yan Dessert – Homemade Desserts Made By One Family
Yat Ka Yan Dessert is a new restaurant by the Tang family. They’re the sister restaurant to Ren Ren Desserts, who is opened by another family member.
The older family members were searching for a way to bond the family together, and one day, they found the answer. The chef in the family, Wilson Tang, trained them all until they have the necessary skills to make the desserts. As such, they pride themselves on making everything from scratch.
A popular item at Yat Ka Yan is the Chendol ($3.20), which comprises a small mountain of crushed ice sitting in a generous amount of coconut milk, sweet red beans and green jelly on the side, and a drizzle of Gula Melaka. You’ll be pleased to know that they don’t add random ingredients such as grass jelly. The icy dessert is perfectly sweet and creamy at the same time. I can see why its so popular. The ratio of each ingredient is just right. The bowl is on the smaller side, but each bite is delicious.
The pastes come highly recommended and we decided to try the walnut paste ($4). If you really love the taste of walnuts, this is for you. Rich, creamy and really smooth. It can get jelak after a while, so you may want to consider ordering a mix of walnut and almond paste, to make it easier on the palate.
Another popular item is the steamed egg ($3.20), which has been infused with ginger. I can really taste that distinctive spiciness of ginger. The texture of the egg was really creamy, somewhat like the custard core of an egg tart. It wasn’t too sweet as well. I believe that the older folks, and those who love ginger, will definitely enjoy this creation.
Now, we’ve come to the snacks. The yam cake ($3.50) was solid. It had chunks of yam in it, and the texture was soft, yet not mushy. The sweet, savoury sauce complemented the cubes really well, and the fried shallots added a lovely fragrance and crunch. The portion is definitely snack-sized, so it won’t fill you up, but it is a yummy side to have.
In a bid to expand their menu, Yat Ka Yan Dessert has introduced set menus that comprise a main dish and a dessert or drink. The Stewed Pork Belly Rice ($4.80) was my favourite. It had a very homey taste, a little like how my ah ma does her soya sauce pork. The reason for that is simple, Yat Ka Yan Dessert doesn’t have any particular recipes for the set menu items yet, so they took home cooked food that they enjoy and brought it to the restaurant. The sauce had a strong soy sauce flavour, and the pork belly was mostly tender. Some of the pieces were tougher than others, but for a new item, it’s not bad.
The Dried Shrimp Fried Beehoon ($3) didn’t have as much of an impact on me. The bee hoon was not dry, and it had the flavour of hei bi.
The restaurant is very warm and welcoming. The service was good and every family member was really friendly. While the food is what draws in the crowd, the warm atmosphere is what makes people come back again and again. It is great for big family gatherings too. A grandma recently celebrated her birthday here.
Family bond is very important to them, and it shows in the way they handle their restaurant. The signboard 一家人, which means one family, is quite popular with customers, especially families, who will take group pictures in front of it.
You should come here to try their fantastic desserts, and at the same time, catch a glimpse of the tight knit family that started this whole restaurant.
Yat Ka Yan
Address: 190 Middle Road, #02-08, Singapore 188979
Phone: 9669 9129
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm daily.
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