Beancurd, also known as tau huay, is one of the best desserts in the country, in my opinion. This sweet treat is created by coagulating soybean protein into a smooth and silky pudding, and there’s no better way to end off a meal than with a bowl of this refreshing treat. If you’re a huge lover of beancurd, you’ve probably heard of DDSD 大豆小豆.
DDSD is one of the newer beancurd stalls in the scene, first opening in Hong Lim Market & Food Centre in mid 2023. The stall is run by a young couple, and offers customisable beancurd bowls where you can choose your tau huay flavour, toppings and even the kind of syrup you want.
If you’d prefer to not customise your own bowl, DDSD has a few pre-selected combinations for you to grab a quick snack.
What I tried at DDSD
I first got DDSD’s Tang Yuan Beancurd (S$3.60) and added on Black Sesame Sauce for S$0.80, which brought the total price for the bowl to S$4.40. The dish came topped with 4 pieces of glistening white tang yuan.
Each tang yuan was surprisingly large in size, with a satisfying heft to them. 2 of the balls were filled with peanut while the other 2 contained black sesame.
The peanut-filled tang yuans were generously packed with creamy, nutty peanuts. There was a liberal amount of crushed peanuts throughout that gave it a bit of a grainy crunch. I especially liked how soft and stretchy the glutinous skin was.
The black sesame-filled tang yuans were similarly delightful. If you’re an avid enjoyer of black sesame like me, you won’t be let down by the intensely grainy and nutty black sesame paste within — it had been sweetened to just the right level, such that the natural flavours of the sesame could still shine through.
When I dug into the tau huay beneath, my spoon cleanly slid through the soft and jiggly beancurd. When I placed my order, I got to choose my sugar level, of which I went with the standard amount. Compared to other places, DDSD’s beancurd was surprisingly not very sweet at all — this would certainly be a plus point for those who dislike overly saccharine flavours, but if you’re looking for something a little sweeter, I’d suggest upping your sugar percentage.
The black sesame sauce on top was pretty satisfying as it was rich and nutty. Texture wise, it was a little more watery than I would have expected, but I loved how it complemented the blander flavours of the plain beancurd.
I opted to fully customise the next bowl I got from DDSD, and got a base of Black Sesame Beancurd (S$2.10) topped with Grass Jelly (S$0.50) and Peach Gum (S$1).
In all honesty, the black sesame beancurd itself was a bit of a letdown, as it basically tasted identical to the plain beancurd. Despite it donning a grey hue with visually evident bits of sesame scattered within, I could not taste anything distinctly nutty or flavourful.
The peach gum was quite average, and slightly bland, if I’m being honest. It had a slightly chewy texture but in terms of taste, it did not elevate the dish much.
Same goes for the grass jelly — though it had a slight herbal tang to it, as a whole, it wasn’t too flavourful. Perhaps if the black sesame beancurd itself had been sweeter, the 2 toppings would have stood out more, but at its default sweetness level, I wasn’t very impressed.
I would definitely recommend getting the Black Sesame Sauce topping over getting the Black Sesame Beancurd, since the former provides a much stronger sesame taste.
Though the desserts at DDSD weren’t outstanding, its affordable prices and customisable toppings makes it a spot worth checking out while in Hong Lim Market & Food Centre. I wasn’t blown away by their offerings but I did quite enjoy the Tang Yuan Beancurd with Black Sesame Sauce, and I would love to get it again.
If you have an aversion to overly sweet desserts, DDSD’s beancurd dishes will probably be right up your alley, since they naturally use less sweeteners. However, I wouldn’t make a trip down to Chinatown just for them.
Expected damage: S$1.60 – S$5 per pax
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