Friday, March 13, 2009

Golden Gate Dessert House - the Chinese dessert hangout at London Chinatown

Golden+Gate+Dessert+HouseOne thing that I realized about the Chinese restaurants in London's Chinatown is that they do not serve decent desserts. By decent, I am referring to the traditional Chinese (Cantonese or Taiwanese) desserts and the ice cream that many Chinese restaurants in Leicester Square serve is definitely not one of them. In fact, the same could be said about most if not all the Chinese restaurant in London.

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12 comments:

Dwacon® said...

Looks tasty! Gotta try it next visit across the pond!

Kyra said...

Ooooh. Now I'm really hungry. I wish I'd known about this place when I visited London--now that I'd have really had time to stop in for a sit-down dessert, but I did at least walk through Chinatown when I was trying to hit a number of places on my map.

Mahmood Syedfaheem said...

As you said though most of the asian hotels in UK and US claim originality very few really give you the original taste.
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Dutchie said...

I used to love fa-sang-woo after a dim sum lunch. It was so rich that I could hardly shuffle out the restaurant - haha - fine memory that ! My last dim sum in SG was in Crystal Jade/Orchard n they hv a small dessert menu. Hubby had a sago thingy n I had to resort to mango pudding which was so bland *sigh*. Last nite I was going thru Shiok.com to suss out the yummy dim sum venues. Chinatown seems to hv the pushcart variety with 50 to 70 snacks *drooling*. I hv the habit to stick to Orchard bec it was my second home for so long. My mandarin is so rusty, so it's quite a barrier to shop or eat in Chinatown.

At home now, we take tea n fruit after a meal. My late MIL likes to treat us with ice cream n cakes which is too much after a hefty meal. The same cake was served at 3pm n then at 8pm, so u can imagine !

In SG my fave dessert is still durian Cendol but I would try all the hot n cold desserts at the chng tng stall. Hubby loves them too, so we r there on a daily basis. Some stalls starts to recognise hubby as a regular, so he gets a little extra. The satay uncle will smile n say "ah, I know u enjoyed my sauce, so here's an extra bowl for u" - kinda nice to be pampered - haha !

Martin In Bulgaria said...

All thses desserts are all new to me, but they look scrumptious enough to take on. Do they do mail order?

Richard Lai said...

I haven't been there but I always go past it. Would love to try their ginger beancurd dessert.

Digital Polaroids said...

Looks great!

C K said...

@Dwacon,
Start making the list. It might actually get long enough to make the trip across the pond. :)


@kyra,
It's quite difficult to cover London properly when you have only a couple of days. Just curious, where else did you cover?

@Mahmood,
Hmmm... hotels? I don't recall saying anything about hotel. Oh, you left a link...


@Dutchie,
Ah... fa sang woo (peanut paste). That's my dad's favorite. Are you a Cantonese btw?

Hey, there are a number of dim sum places in S'pore with push carts. I normally frequent Yum Cha in Chinatown and Tao Payoh. That would be the first thing I would do if I were to pop by S'pore for a visit.

Durian chendol... a perfect substitute for an otherwise 'heaty' durian. Haha, I'm sure that satay uncle would love to have a Caucasian seen as his regular customer. :)

Where's that stall btw?


@Martin,
Haha, don't think you would want that. Most have coconut milk in them and they wouldn't keep for more than a day. Even with your stout constitution, I don't think you would be able to stomach it. :p

@Richard,
Hmm, that's quite good. Anyway, I'm easily satisfied, just the plain beancurd would do for me.

@Digital Polaroids,
Oh yeah...

yoongz said...

hmmm... yummy!! esp for a sweet tooth like me - well, i have to say there isn't reasonably-priced chinese food here, let alone dessert - sigh! we resort to trying to make some ourselves ;/

Richard Lai said...

By the way, I'm surprised that you didn't mention Hong Kong style custard tarts at all (not from the store but in general). If you fancy making some yourself, try my recipe: http://www.xanga.com/richardlai/593754229/item/

Dutchie said...

I wouldnt know what the Hokkien term would be for fa-sang-woo. I'm Hokkien n we just called it like the stalls who sells them - kinda funny, now that I think of it. It's like kuo-lo-yok (sweet sour pork) - hubby asked me what those words exactly means n I have no idea. I only learned of the term when I came to NL. Any ideas ?

So u r bi-lingua - Hokkien n Cantonese ?

Hey Yum Cha is a nice name, considering tea is a part of the dim sum experience.

The satay stall is the hawker centre opposite Sim Lim Centre - hubby's regular hangout since he's into IT n gadgets. Lots of malay stalls in one stretch - we get our fix for lontong, mee rebus, soto ayam n satay of course :-)

Niko kululashvili said...

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