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Published August 7th 2012
Dessert with a difference; Asian style desserts
When I think of desserts, I think of Italian indulgences like tiramisu or French crepes and absolutely everything at Freestyle Tout. I never think of Asian desserts, which is bad cause I'm kinda, Asian.
Talk to me about mains and I'm all good, in fact I was at Sunnybank for a Vietnamese dinner when the dinner date and I happened upon Sweet Dessert Shop. We were actually waiting in line at the gelati place opposite and made the split second decision to try something different.
And this is seriously different. Well, different for me anyway, I found out later the items on the menu are authentically Asian. Things like grass jelly, taro, red bean, coconut and sesame.
The place was packed and we had to line up. There were very few tables inside and we were almost going to do take away before we realised there were also a few tables outside. Still, inside would have been my preference on such a cold night.
The sesame ball dessert really took my fancy, but it said you had to allow at least 15 minutes and frankly, I wasn't prepared to wait. So I ordered the sago and coconut milk with taro and my dining partner ordered the green tea panacotta with red bean. There were loads of other items with cutesy names and a menu board with photos.
Ohhhh seriously delicious! The sago and coconut milk was light and sweet against the gooeyness of the taro. It was cold, which was a little disappointing as I think it would have been absolutely delicious served hot on such a cold Winter's night. The green tea panacotta was like nothing I'd ever had in a dessert, silky smooth against the sweet, powdery red bean, it was a combination I would never have thought would work, but it did.
I give Sweet Dessert Shop an enthusiastic thumbs up simply for being something different and also pretty cheap. It doesn't look at all out of place in bustling Market Square so I say if you're after an authentic Asian dining experience, here's the perfect place to go for that third and final course.