Just when I thought I was done for the day, (I mean, I had a 7 course lunch that afternoon, albeit shared among 4), I saw this store with the Makansutra label on it with 3 bowls and chopsticks. For those who don’t know, this is their “die-die-must-try” rating. Well, what to do? Die die must try lah! After all, this herbal jelly is supposed to cool you down after eating all that “heaty” stuff.
The original Granny started selling this “cooling” jelly back in 1945. Most of really established hawkers I have spoken to started around this time after WWII. I wonder what people actually ate during the Japanese occupation, Sushi?
I like the texture of the jelly. Unlike the commercial ones that have the consistency of soft agar agar, this one has the consistency more like a nice soya bean curd, but more gelatine like. Soft enough for you to push through the gaps between your teeth. However, it does not really have that strong a “Chin Chow” taste. It reminds me of the Rochor Tau Hway, nice texture, but feel as if they just watered it down and sacrificed taste for texture.
Still it was very enjoyable and a redemption from guilt after all that chilli stuff. At least I have done the right thing and restored my Yin/Yang balance.
I like the texture but a bit more taste would be great. Slightly more expensive then the normal Chin Chow, but definitely will take this again when I come back. 4/5