Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Golden Gate Dessert House - the Chinese dessert shop of a bygone era is up for sale

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Golden Gate Dessert House - possibly the only place selling peanut and sesame paste

Golden Gate Dessert House
Address: 110 Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 5EJ
Phone: 020 7494 3840
Nearest Overground station: Leicester Square
It didn't take me long to realise that the Chinese restaurants in London don't do desserts very well if at all. In fact, horrors of horrors, some feature only ice-cream on their dessert menu. Warm desserts, almost unheard of, even in the chilly London weather.

That was how I ended up at Golden Gate Dessert House back then. It's the only place that I know of in central London, which serves pipping hot peanut and sesame paste - my absolute favourites after Dad brought me to his childhood haunt at Old Airport Road back home. Golden Gate Dessert House has since become the default dessert place that I'll end up in whenever I'm in the vicinity.

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Cream cakes and buns

To me, food is all about nostalgia and Golden Gate Dessert's fare is no different. Its rows of cake displays reminded me of the tacky cream cakes that I used to enjoy at birthday parties as a kid. I have a penchant for red coloured cream trimmings, never mind that the creams all tasted the same and it's just colour additives. There was always the thing about who gets to have the plasticky flower perched on the birthday cake.

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Chocolate cake (aka Mr Strawberry)

LO loves the chocolate cake at Golden Gate Dessert House. She calls it "Mr Strawberry" for obvious reasons. Me? I'm content with a charsiew bun. They now serve "gong zai mian" (instant noodles). It's going for £3 with an egg (sunny side up). The thin noodles is inferior to the more springy ones at Jen Cafe just round the bend but if you're just looking for a warm snack, why not?

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Golden Gate Dessert House is up for sale

There is a sign outside Golden Gate Dessert House saying that it's up for sale. I'm just clinging to the hope that the shop will retain its character after the sale. Where else can I get my peanut paste? If you've haven't been there, go now! Who knows? This quaint Chinese dessert shop might not be there for long.


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