Tuesday, November 29, 2011

糖百府 Tong Pak Fu (Kuala Lumpur)

The thing is, I really have a thing for pun-ish names. I love it when names of anything are clearly thought through and are creative. And this is a typical example. Tong Pak Fu is actually the Cantonese pronunciation of 唐伯虎, who is a painter and poet. (click on the link if you are interested in Chinese history) Now here's where the pun comes in. Tang means sugar (ie their desserts), bai refers to the variety of desserts they have and fu refers to the shop. So it's like a shop with many varieties of desserts. This brilliant name is a prelude as to what we should be expecting (or rather, did not expect). 

This place is apparently best selling in Hong Kong and was opened by two brothers. When we entered, it was crowded and had only enough space to seat us. By the time we finished, it was nearly empty!

We ordered a mango snow ice. That's scoops of little honey dew plus a mountain of mango shaved ice. Now look at those little balls. We initially thought they were sago, but it burst in our mouth and juice came spurting out. You have been warned, close your mouth when eating or the juice will spill onto the person directly opposite you (unless it's intentional). Upon asking the waiter, these are supposedly called magic balls which are meant to imitate salmon roe. How informative. In any case, there is fruit juice in it with different flavours. 

The initial burst was quite fun and novel, but the novelty soon wore down and I was joking saying that the outer layer felt like plastic. No, don't take my word for it. It was not so sweet but perhaps also slightly a downfall because the flavour didn't come through strong enough. 

The lack of flavour similarly applies to the guava shaved ice. The magic balls contained an unidentified juice in this case. The waiter told us that there are five flavours, including strawberry (for the mango shaved ice) and passion fruit. I have no clue what this flavour is although I prefer the strawberry one.

If you are looking for interesting desserts, this is the place to go! They have a newest addition of green tea. Plus, the waiter highly recommended the durian shaved ice, unfortunately only after we had finished eating both bowls!

Tong Pak Fu 
Suria KLCC
Lot C 15F Concourse Floor
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 


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