I asked Suanne to write this post. She refused.
I don’t want to write a post about a dessert place. I don’t know how to write about desserts. Dessert places are a girl thing. Guys hang around in these places just because we want to keep the girls happy. Tell me, you have never caught a group of guys going for desserts have you? It’s always the girls. And if you happen to see a guy there, it is always with a girl.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the only dessert place we know of in Richmond. It was in this post about the 100% Healthy Desserts. Cathy who writes on the blog Yum-Yum in My Tum-Tum told us about this other place called Bubble Fruity on Saba Road.
So with that, Suanne made sure that we went at the slightest hint of heat. We drove to Saba Road. It is a quiet stretch of road right off the middle of the busiest area in Richmond. I know, it is kind of weird. On No 3 Road, you risk life and limbs crossing the road there but the moment you turn into Saba Road, you can jaywalk across the street anytime.
The biggest problem of this location is the lack parking … no, I mean the lack of free parking. The city Richmond had learned from Vancouver the ridiculous habit of gouging folks like us through street pay parking. There are plenty of parking spots along Saba Road and yet no one wants to park there. It is $2.50 an hour and it is in effect until 9PM, seven days a week!
Richmondites are mostly stingy people. We don’t believe in pay parking.
You could try to park in the Richmond Public Market and walk over. But when we where there, it was already 7:30PM. I remember that the Richmond Public Market closes their parkade at 8PM.
Without any choice, we had to park on the street.
The inside of Bubble Fruity is small. Anyway, dessert shops like these need not a lot of space to operate. It is bright, clean and neat. The chairs and tables are definitely from IKEA.
I was surprised to see that they have a CRA award plaque hanging behind the counter. They apparently won the CRA award for Best Dessert. Looks like we are in the right place.
This little dessert place is manned by a husband and wife team. The man who works the front was helpful and friendly especially when we could not decide what we wanted. He even brought Suanne a printout of the menu when he saw Suanne taking notes from the menu on the table.
The menu above is clickable to display a larger image.
Bubble Fruity serves mainly Hongkong style desserts. Most of the desserts are $4 with some off the menu specials at $6. Those are posted on the windows and walls. They also serve light food like sandwiches and noodles too.
Suanne had the Durian Flavour Sago Cream ($4). This is served with basil seeds and sago. If you love durians … I know you will like this dessert. This has a really distinct and strong durian flavour. It even smell of durian.
There is a few chunks of fibrous durian meat (the lumpy bit at the picture above). It is an acquired taste I know.
For those of you who don’t know about durians, the above is the fruit. It is considered as the King of Fruits in South East Asian countries. Asians love it but westerners hates it. I personally think they smell great but to the western nose, they smell offensive. I don’t know why.
But the flesh is really great. It is like custard. Although we can buy durians in some Asian grocery stores, the variety sold here are just not the same. Firstly, it is devoid of smell and worse, they are mostly frozen. Frozen durians taste awful if you ask me.
The durians come in seasons. They are the most expensive local fruits. When it is in season, my parents used to buy a whole basket of them — like twenty over fruits at one time — especially when there is a glut and it gets really cheap. So it was like a treat that we always look forward to. I miss durians.
I can’t decide what to get for my dessert and so I asked for a recommendation. The owner referred me to the sign pasted on the window and said I should try the Glass Jelly with Fresh Mango and Sago. This is a bit more expensive at $6.
This dessert is also served with basil seeds and sago which is a wonderful mix with the glass jelly and mango. I like it. It tasted very refreshing and the fact that it is not too sweet. I am just not into really sweet food.
I find that it is not cheap eating here. It is not expensive but certainly not cheap. Maybe I was factoring in the $2.50 parking we had to pay. At least the quality is very good and they use fresh ingredients.
Apparently they have a nicer Chinese name. It is called “kwei far lum” in Cantonese which means sweet osmanthus. Sweet Osmanthus is a more appropriate name for a Chinese dessert shop. I guess the current name Bubble Fruity is just so that it is more acceptable to more people. Perhaps the word “Bubble” is safer. I am not sure if Bubble Fruity even serve bubble tea because they don’t even mention bubble tea on their menu.
Anyway, Bubble Fruit is opened weekday until 11 pm and until midnight on weekends.