If you are in and around the central business district and are looking for a place to have homemade desserts and snacks let me introduce you to Yat Ka Yan at Fortune Centre.
Yat Ka Yan is located on the 2nd floor of Fortune Centre. Fortune Centre is located next to the popular Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishnan Temple. If you are familiar with Si Ma Lu then you would be familiar with this shopping centre.
In recent times, Fortune Centre has gone through a bit of a rejuvenation. It is now an extremely lively and vibrant mall, especially in the first two levels. There are many cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, there are many vegetarian options as well.
Yat Ka Yan has affordable and delicious desserts. The name is a direct translation of how 一家人 is to be pronounced in Cantonese. As a disclaimer, I am Cantonese myself and I do not think this represents Cantonese desserts. However, this place does have the whole Hong Kong vibe going on. From its floor tiles, old school tables and chairs to the rustic Jacky Chan movie posters plastered on the walls. This truly feels like Hong Kong in the middle of Singapore.
The options were ample and prices were generally affordable when compared to the prices you would expect to pay at food courts around the area.
I just love it when an old-school dessert place like this displays its menu in a haphazard manner. It’s like they have been doing this for a long time and they did not really bother with updating the menu because it still works!
This was what I got. Clockwise from the bottom: Fresh Mango Sago with Ice-cream, Durian Mousse and Ice Jelly with Passionfruit and Soursop.
I am not one with a sweet tooth. I do not take desserts very often but our creative director Wilber insisted that we try this on a sweltering Friday afternoon as we were in the area. My verdict: This is not excessively sweet. I steer away from such desserts because they tend to slather on an excessive amount of syrup. This was not the case at Yat Ka Yan. The servings are just nice for one person even for a person like me who consumes very little dessert. Hence it would suffice to say that you should be ordering more bowls than the number of people that you have. This allows you to try the various dessert options on offer more easily.
While there was nothing special to shout about when it came to the Fresh Mango Sago with Ice Cream and Ice Jelly with Passionfruit and Soursop, the Durian Mousse was extremely good.
That is real durian on top…
I think I might just have busted my daily calorie count for the day with this… but heck.
Wilber thinks there is a better one somewhere in Serangoon (show us where). To me, this is very good and I would come back for more.
If anyone is interested in giving the desserts at Yat Ka Yan a try, here are their opening hours:
Yat Ka Yan 一家人
Address: 190 Middle Rd, #02-08 Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 1:30 pm to 10 pm (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays), 1:30 pm to 11 pm (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), closed on Tuesdays.
p.s. There was this bar next to Yat Ka Yan that looked really interesting. I am not into Ramen and I do not consume alcohol. Perhaps my fellow bloggers may pay this a visit in the near future?
Oh yes, I went back again… Here are some photos of the other options on offer.