So there’s a new Asian dessert spot in San Mateo. It’s called Sweet Dreams Garden and it has all of my favorite Hong Kong and Taiwanese snacks – aloe drinks, egg puffs, milk tea, honey toast, shaved snow, sticky rice, sago … You name it and it’s there. My two favorite desserts, however, are honey toast 蜜糖吐司 and shaved snow 雪花冰.
Unlike other places in the bay area, Sweet Dreams Garden actually whips out the honey toast pretty fast. It’s about four to five inches high with the inside cut up into cubes, lightly toasted, and tossed back in. The inner lining of the toast is also toasted and lightly coated with honey. One thing I found different with their version is that the bottom of the toast is missing, but I can live without that – the other four walls are still there. Everything is toasted just right, and with the mango honey toast, it came with two scoops of mango ice cream, chunks of fresh mango, a couple balls of melons, two sticks of rolled wafers (Pepperidge Farm Pirouette?), and topped with a little bit of whipped cream. The only thing missing is custard, and maybe an extra side of honey would have been nice. This monster was decently priced at about $7.
The shaved snow was very light and fluffy. Other places have gotten sloppy over the months/years, with the ice becoming denser or chunkier. Not here! The green tea shaved snow came topped with red beans – the perfect combo. On the plus side, the red bean wasn’t overly sweetened either. Beneath the snow was a fun surprise – passion fruit flavored popping boba. It was priced at about $6.
Such a huge menu and not enough time! (But definitely enough stomach space.) Check it out now before it gets crazy packed here!
110 S B St
San Mateo, CA 94401
On: Saturday, July 28, 2012
In: San Mateo
With: Helen Chen
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