Ending a great meal full of wonderful food with a dessert is pretty mainstream, so if you’re at @interconsin @thelobbyloungesg, end it with a dessert cocktail instead. Follow consulting bar manager Jesse Vida in spirit one last time to the underrated gem that is Albert Food Centre, and finish on the sweet note that is the Tjendol (Chendol) Milk Punch (also $22++).⠀

Much like the common hawker dessert staple that is Chendol, Miss Vida’s Tjendol Milk Punch is built on coconut cream, pandan, and gula melaka for the rich, molasses-like sweetness. The punch comes via the milk washed Colombo Gin, but the alcoholic punch is discreet and very well layered by the creaminess & sweetness in the drink. It really does bring mind a nice, cold bowl of chendol at first sip, but then it somehow morphs into a traditional Malay sweet treat further into the drink.⠀

I can’t explain it, but the Tjendol Milk Punch becomes less chendol and more Kueh Bangkit the more you drink it. For the uninitiated or the particularly forgetful, Kueh Bangkit is a classic Malay cookie made from sago or tapioca starch, coconut milk and eggs, and it’s usually over-consumed at Lunar New Year and Hari Raya Puasa. Perhaps it’s due to the fantastic fragrance of pandan that permeates the drink, or perhaps the milkiness starts to resemble the delicious, crumbly cookie. Either way, this sultrily sweet cocktail is the perfect libation to wash down any meal with.⠀

Thank you so much for the generous hospitality @thelobbyloungesg, and thank you for the invite @accela.comms!

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