The Dessert Kitchen is a franchise brought in from Hong Kong by the group behind Lugang Cafe and TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie. The first branch opened last week at the 3rd floor of Power Plant Mall in Rockwell between Fully Booked and Muji. The cafe specializes in desserts made in store daily.
Irene and I got an advanced taste of what kind of desserts they will be offering.
First thing we had was the Japadog Eggette (P258) because we got there without having dinner yet. Eggettes are one of our must eat Hong Kong street food. This one goes the savory route with a garlic eggette serving the role of hotdog bun. Caramelized onions, terriyaki mayo and sliced nori/seaweed are the toppings. The hot dog has a nice light snap and the toppings play well with each other. The eggette was a little too crunchy for my preference but so far the best I’ve had locally.
Our first dessert order was the Purple in Love (P258), The Dessert Kitchen’s award winning creation. I love love grape flavors but it’s something that is not popular in the Philippines. This photogenic dessert has a grape shaved ice base topped with grapes, mini rice balls (mochi), taro mochi ice cream and Kyoho grape seaweed balls. This dessert alone is reason enough for me to go back, even Irene enjoyed it and she’s not that big a fan of grape. Those little balls on top are slightly crunchy and filled with so much grape flavor and made from seaweed means it’s healthy.
Next up was the Kanten with Mixed Fresh Fruits and Kyoho Grape Sauce (P198). You have 5 choices for the sauce option but of course I had to order the grape. This has a cup of kanten or agar agar shaped like noodles.
The way to eat it is to dip into the sauce and slurp like noodles. Interesting but nothing exciting taste wise, it’s just gelatin. I suggest getting their other desserts.
Sweet Osmanthus Pudding (P128). I was expecting a light custard pudding with osmanthus mixed in. The taste and texture is almost like almond jelly but flavored with osmathus and honey. I enjoyed it but sweetness can be toned down a little.
Aside from the creative dessert concoctions, they also have a line of more traditional desserts.
Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk (P128). Irene loved this because she love rice desserts and this one had lots of texture for her to chew on. I’m not to hot on this one though.
Sesame Rice Ball in Coconut (P188). I was expecting them to serve it inside a coconut but like in the menu but they served it in a bowl. I suggest ordering this hot, matches better with the coconut strips and the rice balls. I loved the coconut and the broth more than the sesame rice balls but Irene enjoyed those also.
Tofu with Hokkaido Red Beans (P168). This was another winner, silky tofu/taho topped with mini rice balls, a chestnut and generous amounts of tender red beans. This is another dessert best eaten hot.
There’s a lot more I want to try like their many ice cream option both in regular and soft serve varieties. I’ll have to avoid the purple in love to have a chance of trying the other ones though.
The Dessert Kitchen3/F Power Plant Mall
Contact No.: (63995) 448-8233
Facebook Page: The Dessert Kitchen
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