What For Dessert, Awesome Baked Orh-Nee, At China Square (Closed)

When I saw the Baked Orh-Nee on What For Dessert’s Menu (located at China Square), I was skeptical as many of the Orh Nee dessert I tried were not good enough.

Baked Orh Nee
Baked Orh Nee

Mainly due to I am a Teochew and am a dessert lover so for the love of Or-Nee, I have set the bar high. In case, you do not know what’s Or-Nee, it is Yam Puree, a traditional Teochew dessert.

Surprisingly, the Baked Orh-Nee, an improvised modern version was fabulous, as good as the traditional ones. The Yam puree was smooth and silky and flavourful too. Most importantly, no syrup was added instead the sugar was already infused with the Yam Puree. The crumble on the top gave an extra crunchy texture to the dish, while the ice cream provides the extra creaminess. The only (personal) feedback I have is, it is slightly too sweet, otherwise perfect. This is definitely a must try for all Orh-Nee Lovers! I highly recommend this dessert to all.

Cendol Parfait
Cendol Parfait

Besides the signature Baked Orh-Nee, What For Desserts serves other fusion desserts too. The other on the menu that I tried was the Cendol Parfait. It comes with Coconut Ice Cream and a good Gula Melaka and Green jelly at the bottom together with red beans as the topping and Atap seeds in the middle layer. It was a refreshing dessert. My favourite still remains as the Baked Orh Nee.

Lunch Set Menu
Lunch Set Menu

If you would like to have Mains before dessert, you can find 3 rice sets; Imperial Honey Pork Chop Rice, Creamy Salted Egg Chicken or Spicy Sambal Deshlled Prawn. Each set comes with Fragrant Rice, Pickled Cucumbers, Shrimp Omelette and Salad with Cherry Tomatoes.

Set B: Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice Set
Set B: Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice Set

I tried Set B, Creamy Salted Egg Chicken Rice. The portion of rice served was small. I am pretty sure many will not find it filling. The chicken was rich in salted egg which I like the taste very much but was a little soggy (just a little, not much). The Omelette was delish too but it was cold.

Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea

I added on a Herbal Tea. Initially, I was worried that it would be bitter but it turned out awesome; sweetish and was refreshing.

The cafe may not be as stylish or as cool as the hipster cafe but their food, especially the dessert is definitely awesome. Don’t let the look deceived you.

Orh Nee for Lunar New Year
Orh Nee for Lunar New Year

As the Baked Orh-Nee was too good to be missed and since they are offering the traditional Orh Nee frozen pack, I ordered one to share the good tidings with my family. Yum Yum. I am looking forward to having this on our Lunar New Year Eve’s dinner.

What For Dessert
3 Pickering Street #01-38 Nankin Row, China Square, Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 9839 5329


Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1200 to 2000; Saturday TBC ; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line – Telok Ayer station; North-East line – Chinatown station

By Bus:
– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along South Bridge Road – 61, 80, 145, 166, 197

– alight opp Hong Lim Complex along Upper Cross Street – 51, 63, 124, 174, 174e, 186, 851, 961, 970

– alight at Hong Lim Park along Pickering Street – 186, 970

– alight at Chinatown Point along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 143, 147, 190, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight at People’s Park Centre along Eu Tong Seng Street – 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

– alight at People’s Park Complex along Eu Tong Seng Street – 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 970

Rating: 7/10


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A gal who loves to travel and enjoy great food, who also love to take photos of the food and to share her finds

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