Friday, June 22, 2007

Ah Balling Peanut Soup, Singapore

Later we'll go Chinatown, ok? WF repeated incessantly
I'm not sure how many times she reminded me on that until we were nicely seated at the stall later that night. We were in Chinatown to have the tong yun (glutinous rice ball dessert) that WF have been craving and raving about..
So what's so special? Why die-die must try?
Just different, WF replied, still unwilling to reveal the secret..
Ah Balling sells tong yun with 4 fillings, the traditional peanut, black sesame, red bean and the slightly unusual yam filling. Most unfortunately for us, it was nearing 10pm and they're only left with peanut and black sesame filling...:-(
Though there's a queue at the stall, business is brisk and we got our tong yun real fast..
So, this was the secret that WF was guarding so closely..hehe Ah Balling serves tong yun with sweet peanut soup rather than the conventional ginger soup. The peanuts were boiled till really soft, quite smooth but too sweet for me after a while..
Took my first bite into the tong yun and...Must say that the peanut tong yun is delicious, the peanut filling was pratically oozing out while I tried my best to snap a picture of it. Although it's creamy, there were still some crunchiness to it, from the crushed peanuts and sugar. Love this.
The black sesame was pretty good too.. Still oozes out after a bite, the filling is thicker, slightly coarser in texture. It is fragrant and not too sweet, which I'm glad of. Prefer the peanut filling better though.
Guess I'm still a sucker for traditional stuff, though this version of tong yun is quite nice, I'd still prefer mine served with hot, spicy ginger soup! ;p
Ah Balling Peanut Soup is located at Chinatown, Singapore. The section in Chinatown where there's a long row of stalls selling local food.

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17 Comments:

Anonymous xiu long bao said...

tong yuen in a sea of boiled peanuts? Looks abit errr...

22 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

hahaha xiulongbao..cannot imagine the taste? just sweet and sweet.. and peanuts and peanuts! ;)

22 June, 2007  
Blogger Tummythoz said...

Hi5 on d hot ginger soup preference!

22 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

Hi5 back! hehe..guess we both like hot hot ginger eh? ;)

22 June, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

Peanuts! But it looks like tong yuen in porridge leh... -_-;

22 June, 2007  
Blogger Big Boys Oven said...

Wah!!! The tong yun looks gorgeous!!! Don't think that we can get such fresh and lovely one in KL except frozen ones or handmade ones. Cool! what a real discovery that you got there !

23 June, 2007  
Blogger wmw said...

Interesting...It does look like peanut porridge...I use to eat such porridge almost every day during my preschool days! LOL...

23 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

jason: haha..it does looks like porridge..ie, peanut porridge ;)

bigboysoven: yeah, it's hard to find yummy tong yun in KL..unless there is and we dont know of :-(

wmw: yes it does looks like peanut porridge.. i was told that there's a stall in klang that serves sweet peanut soup.. guess we can tar pau tong yun and make this dessert? hahaha

25 June, 2007  
Blogger Lyrical Lemongrass said...

peanut soup? can't imagine! hmmm. I guess I'm like you...I like it with ginger soup.

25 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

LL, sweet peanut soup seems unconventional and well, guess we are old school after all :)

25 June, 2007  
Blogger Precious Pea said...

From North (Penang) now you are conquering South. Clap clap clap....well done well done. Tong yuen looks good..must get instant one from supermarket tonite.

25 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

wah precious pea, dont la say conquering conquering ni. some are not planned, just last minute ;). hehe..some instant ones are pretty good too

25 June, 2007  
Anonymous jason said...

Nice lar, I love peanuts.

25 June, 2007  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

I love that watery sweet peanut soup... haven't had it in ages! And adding tong yun to it is a masterstroke! I like the tong yum in tau foo fa I get at the pasar malam in SS2 too...

26 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

jason: so we gang, gang la! i love peanuts anything too :)

kenny: a tad hard to find the sweet peanut soup in KL..heard you can get it in Klang. tong yun in tau foo fa? SS2 pasar malam? hmmmm, i used to go frequently, funny that i never noticed it.. :(

26 June, 2007  
Blogger teckiee said...

Ohh you can get those tong yuns frozen from the supermarket but the soup is another thing. I might be in Sg again soon.. will surely go check it out. (their lamb bkt in cina town is good too!)

27 June, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

true, true teckiee..cant find such combo in msia. going SG soon? if you're in chinatown, you shud try it..it's different la.. :)

27 June, 2007  

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