For all the fancy desserts like gelato, bingsu and soft serve, the good ol’ tong sui (which literally means “sugar water” in Cantonese) is far from oblivion. In fact, there are still plenty of places you can satiate your sweet tooth with a bowl of piping-hot or icy-cold tong sui. We have rounded up 8 Best Places To Enjoy Tong Sui Desserts around the Klang Valley area.
1) Restoran Ruby (Pudu)
Restoran Ruby’s range of sweet paste varieties is traditionally made using Kan family’s secret recipe, which has been passed down for five generations since 1888. If you are a first-timer, you might want to try their two best-selling black sesame paste and peanut paste. The shop also offers the best of both worlds in one bowl in the form of “Cha Wu” (peanut + black sesame paste) and “Yin Yong” (almond + peanut/almond + black sesame).
Address: 32, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Landak, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun (11 am – 12.15 am – Closed every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month)
2) Kedai Makanan Dan Minuman PMK (Pudu)
Here is another gem of a tong sui shop located at Pudu. PMK is famous for its traditional tong sui varieties such as black sesame paste, bubur cha cha, sweet potato soup and red bean soup. You can also find various Nyonya kuih and woon chai koh (Taiwanese rice bowl cake) as well.
Address: 43, Jalan Kancil, Off Jalan Pudu, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 1 pm – 12 am (Closed on Tuesdays)
3) Soon Kee Herbal House (Pandan Indah)
Ask anyone who has patronised this famous dessert shop in Pandan Indah and most of them would recommend you to try their signature “Longan Tofu”. A cooling dessert that combines silky-smooth tofu cubes with juicy longans in light sugar syrup, the “Longan Tofu” regularly sells like hotcakes. Not to mention it was particularly a bestseller among many female customers. Another recommended dessert is their refreshing “Menthol Guiling Herbal Jelly”, which is best enjoyed on a hot sunny day.
Address: 71G, Jalan Pandan Indah 4/6B, Taman Pandan Indah, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
4) Hong Kee Dessert Stall (Seksyen 17, PJ)
Who could have thought an otherwise ordinary-looking tong sui stall can be such a hit among many locals? Here’s why: there are plenty of choices available here with the likes of classic red bean, black sesame paste and peanut paste — all stored separately in huge stainless steel pots. Interestingly enough, you can even get to mix-and-match their tong sui options!
Address: Pasar Sentosa, Jalan 17/27, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Operating Hours: 5 pm – 11.30 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
5) Poon Kee Dessert (Bandar Mahkota Cheras)
Poon Kee Dessert is no stranger to serving traditional tong sui varieties, having been around since 1953. They rotate their dessert menu from time to time, ensuring you won’t get bored trying the same old tong sui every day. Some of the desserts available here include wheat porridge, red bean, green bean and lotus seed with snow fungus & lor hon kor (monk fruit).
Address: 17, Jalan Temenggung 9/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Batu 9 Cheras, 43200 Selangor
Operating Hours: 10.45 am – 11 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
6) Leong Seng Dessert House (Batu 9 Cheras)
Leong Seng Dessert House offers the best of both worlds to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here, you can find traditional tong sui varieties like red bean and green bean as well as scrumptious morsels of Chinese kuih to fill your tummy with.
Address: 5, Blok B, Jalan Taman Indah, Batu 9 Cheras, 43200 Selangor
Operating Hours: Sat-Thurs 6 pm – 11.30 pm (Closed on Fridays)
7) K.T.Z Food (SS2, PJ & Kepong)
K.T.Z. Food specialises in both hot and cold desserts. You’ll be spoilt for choices here, with the likes of “Double Boiled Honey Dew with Gingko Nuts” and “Double Boiled Wintermelon Tea”. There are also old-school tong sui varieties like black sesame paste, peanut paste and red bean soup. You can locate K.T.Z. Food (which is actually an acronym for “kei tak sek” in Cantonese or literally means “remember to eat”) in SS2 PJ and Kepong.
Address: 22, Jalan SS2/63, SS2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor / 66, Jalan 7, Kepong Baru, Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 12 pm – 1 am (SS2 PJ) / 4 pm – 1 am (Kepong)
8) Lol Soon Kee Desserts (Taman Setapak)
Black sesame, peanut paste, bubur cha cha, mango pomelo sago — you name it, Lol Soon Kee Desserts has plenty of tong sui varieties to choose from.
Address: B-G-16, Plaza Prima Setapak, Jalan Prima Setapak 5, Taman Setapak, 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Fri-Sat 12 pm – 11 pm & Sun-Wed 12 pm – 10.30 pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
9) Mama Dessert (Damansara Uptown)
There’s nothing that can top a mother’s love. Especially if you’re far away from home and miss home-cooked food and tongsui, you can now get it at Mama Dessert! Mama Dessert is helmed by a mother, and she will warm your heart and soul with her hearty dishes! Choose from an array home-cooked Chinese dishes, and wash it all down with a bowl of traditional dessert after that. Mama Dessert’s signature dessert is Bubur Cha Cha, but they also have Peach Gum and Bowl Rice Pudding among others.
Address: 19, Jalan SS21/56B, Damansara Utama, 47400 PJ
Operating Hours: 7:30 am – 9 pm daily, closed on Sundays