Thursday, 17 October 2013
Johor Dessert - Yong Yong Dessert Restaurant 荣荣甜品 in Taman Perling
It is probably safe to say that almost anyone born and bred in Johor Bahru would have heard of Yong Yong dessert stall 荣荣甜品.
Restaurant name: Yong Yong Dessert Restaurant 荣荣甜品
Address: 46, Jalan Layang 16, Taman Perling, Johor Bahru
Hours: 8:30am to 5;30pm (closed on Monday)
No pork, no lard
Meet Jeff the second generation owner of Yong Yong at Taman Perling. Jeff was working in Singapore as an engineer before returning to Johor Bahru to run Yong Yong together with his wife, Shirley and his father (the founder). Jeff's brother runs the Yong Yong stall at Tepian Tebrau with their mother.
Jeff's dad started Yong Yong at the corner of the now demolished Capitol Cinema in old downtown JB. He then ran a push cart stall at the beach along Stulang Laut in the 1970s that has since become one of the good food that defines the Johor brand.
Ice Kacang RM4
This ice kacang is Yong Yong's original claim to fame. Yong Yong's signature ice kacang is made with fine, soft ice shavings topped with boiled maize, red beans and chocolate syrup. As the ice is fine and soft, the chocolate syrup penetrates the ice mound quickly, saturating it with chocolaty flavour.
The soft ice mound melts pretty fast, revealing the treasures below like attap seeds and grass jelly. The best way to enjoy this watery icy concoction is with the drinking straw provided.
Ice Jelly RM4.50
Ice Jelly is shaved ice doused with a sugary syrup and topped with sea coconut, sour sop, jelly and fruit cocktail.
A squeeze of lime gives the jelly and ice a slightly sourish taste. Ice jelly is a refreshing cold dessert for hot afternoons.
Tau suan 豆爽 is one of my favourite hot desserts. I used to eat a mee rebus and tau suan combination for lunch everyday at the office years ago.
Yong Yong's tau suan is just perfect for me. The mung beans have the right texture and bite (neither too hard nor too mushy), the starch is the right thickness and stickiness, and it's just the right sweetness.
Tauhu Bakar RM3.00
Yong Yong's tauhu baker or grilled bean curd. Look at the lovely glint on the sauce's surface.
The grill bean curd is stuffed with shredded cucumber and crunchy boiled bean sprouts.
Every order of tauhu bakar and it's sauce is made on the spot.
Jeff ladling in the marvellous sauce on the tauhu bakar. The sauce is savoury, nutty, with subtle hints of spiciness and not overly salty.
Yong Yong's savoury sauce is a blend of chili, crushed ground nuts, prawn paste, sugar and other condiments. You can have the sauce to suit your taste just by informing Jeff.
Yong Yong's rojak is one of the best around. The cucumber, pumpkin, and pineapple slices are fresh and juicy without them feeling damp. The salad is tossed in the same savoury sauce made on the spot for the tauhu bakar.
Yong Yong in Taman Perling and also in Tepian Tebrau is a "must try" if you are looking for old school desserts in Johor Bahru.
Date visited: 16 Oct 2013