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Review: Tong Pak Fu Desserts

>> Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Date: 9 June 2012, Saturday
Venue: Tong Pak Fu, Paradigm Mall
Overall comment: Lovely-tasting hot & cold desserts that uses the best of ingredients to get the best of flavours to tickle your tastebuds.
Halal: Not yet. They're in the final stages of obtaining halal certification. For now, it's pork-free!

Who doesn't like some smooth, cool, dessert - especially on such a hot spell that we're experiencing, here in Klang Valley!

I certainly wouldn't mind indulging in some good desserts (although I admit I don't really have a sweet tooth)! With the competitive desserts market that spoils everyone of us with an extensive variety of choice, one would really appreciate knowing which is the better & more worth-eating dessert in town. Tong Pak Fu is one of the latest players in the dessert arena in Malaysia. It offers quality & delectable desserts that will make you crave for more :) However, I personally find the prices quite steep for desserts - most desserts are more expensive than a bowl of noodles these days! I take comfort for the fact that I'll be paying for desserts that are low/zero in colouring & preservatives.

Mango Snow Ice (RM8.80 regular/RM11.80 large), Tracka Durian Snow Ice (RM11.80 regular/RM14.80 large), & Pink Guava Snow Ice (RM8.80 regular/RM11.80 large)
I enjoyed the pink guava one best. It's refreshing, light, & unique. The condiments that come with the pink guava snow ice are also very special. The smallest balls are crunchy, while the larger ones have liquid that burst in your mouth when you bite into it :) The tracka durian snow ice is also quite special. It uses the "Chuk Kiok" variant of durian, which gives a more aromatic flavour to the snow ice. Compared to the other variant available, the D24 Durian Snow Ice, this one would be more aromatic.

Fun Facts:
Where: Tong Pak Fu started in Hong Kong 
Who: by 2 brothers, Ben & Man Li,
When: in the year 2008. 
1st outlet: Hak Po Street in Mongkok 

Since it began, this brand has been a well-known dessert brand in Hong Kong & even in Malaysia now. Tong Pak Fu when literally translated means "Sugar-Hundred-Mansion" or "House of Sweet". This dessert place serves an array of hot & cold desserts, plus some Hong Kong street snacks as well.

Black Glutinous Rice Cream with Coconut Milk & Black Sesame Cream (RM5.80/bowl)
Very smooth & thick. I actually enjoyed the black sesame cream very much as it was really fragrant, smooth, & actually quite light! It doesn't make you feel "bored"/"jelak" of eating & best part was it wasn't too sweet! Me likey! :D

Double-Boiled Snow Pear with Snow Fungus (RM8.80/serving) & Double-Boiled Apple with Sea Coconut (RM9.80/serving)
It's good for irritated throats & highly nutritious. Snow fungus is said to improve blood circulation, increase metabolism, whiten & moisturise the skin. If you need a healthy dose of  dessert & you're too occupied to take the trouble to prepare it yourself, you can go for this home-boiled dessert look-&-taste-alike :) Pamper yourself!

Chilled Mango Sago Crème with Pomelo and Mango Ice Cream (RM10.80/serving), Glutinous Rice Balls with Black Sesame & Peanut Toppings (RM4.80/serving around 6 balls), & Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream (RM12.80/serving)
I personally felt that the mango sago crème should be more "chilled". It's a little difficult to finish the whole serving by yourself since it's so thick & creamy. The serving is also quite large (do not be fooled by the photo below as it has been resized!). The glutinous rice balls were fragrant & you'll love it if you're a fan of black sesame & peanuts. I felt the chocolate lava cake could be better. Somehow the cake wasn't crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside enough & the chocolate sauce was also not liquidish enough. I reckon Tong Pak Fu does best in their Hong Kong desserts & not so much in their Western ones.

Strawberry Napoleon with Vanilla Ice-Cream (RM10.80/serving) & Crème Brulee (RM7.80/serving)
If you want to fatten yourself, go ahead with the strawberry napoleon. It's crispy pastry with whipped cream in between the crisps! Eek....really sinful! On the other hand, the crème brulee needs to be torched longer for a nicer golden-brown finish on its top. It's not too bad, but I would still stick to the Hong Kong desserts when I drop by Tong Pak Fu :P 

Hong Kong Street Snacks: Curry Fish Balls (RM6.80/serving of 6 balls) & Braised Sweet Soya Chicken Wings (RM7.80/pair)
I must say that the curry fish balls were quite tasty. The fish balls were "bouncy", yet not overly-bouncy like those fish balls loaded with boric acid. The curry was fragrant, not overly spicy, & thick enough to coat the fish balls well to give the fish balls a nice curry flavour. I didn't get to try the chicken wings, but it looks quite yummy :D 

Tong Pak Fu @ Paradigm Mall
Quality & consistency of the blocks of ice for the snow ice are controlled in a central kitchen & delivered to each outlet daily to maintain freshness. On a good weekend, a Tong Pak Fu outlet can sell up to 300 servings of snow ice! *wow* 

Tong Pak Fu's Menu & the Must Try Tracka Durian Snow Ice 

Seven outlets & more to come!
If you're a student or if it's your birthday, Tong Pak Fu has special discounts for you! 

Each time I pass by Tong Pak Fu, it's sure to be full. So do go earlier in the day to avoid disappointment! They may run out of certain best-sellers if you go at night!

Tong Pak Fu
Lot UGK01, Upper Ground Floor
Paradigm Mall
1, Jalan SS7/26A
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 7886 0556
Business hours: 10:00a.m. -10:00p.m.
URL: www.tongpakfu.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tongpakfu.my

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