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Sunday, August 09, 2009

LNC Dessert House, Sydney

I've decided. The Sydney CBD needs more late night dessert houses.

I cannot count the number of times I've left the cinemas on George Street, or stepped out of a restaurant, and gone in search of dessert - because the night is still young and the sweet tooth has yet to be satiated.

Invariably we end up at Passionflower on George, Passionflower at the Capitol or--more recently--a celebration of roti tisu party hats drizzled with condensed milk from Mamak.

On this night we end up at LNC Dessert House, a post-party perk-up for Billy, Karen, Simon, Suze and I. It's one of the few late night trading dessert houses I've found, open until midnight seven days a week.

It's easy to miss LNC during the day, tucked away on Sussex Street two blocks north of the Chinatown hub. In the darkness of night, it's a dazzling beacon, primary colours screaming a shrill assault on your eyes, helped in part by the floor-to-ceiling glass and harsh 7-Eleven-style indoor lighting.

A sassy Asian school girl is the store mascot. I feel a little under-dressed without knee-high socks, a short school uniform and a Miffy hair clip.

Curry fish balls (5 pieces) $4.50

Curry fish balls at midnight is a touch too much flavour after a huge dinner, but Billy and Karen dig on in.

Papaya with white fungus (hot or cold) $5.00

Billy follows this up with a traditional papaya and white fungus soup, a sweet syrup with slices of papaya, curls of white fungus that are slippery and crunchy, and a scattering of lotus seeds. It's a classic combination that is known for its cooling effect on the stomach.

Chocolate and coffee gelato with longan fruits $7.50

Karen forgoes the Asian dessert menu and heads straight to the display cabinet of gelatos. A tumble of tinned longan fruits add a floral sweetness to her scoops of chocolate and coffee gelato.

Black sesame ice slush with green tea gelato and red beans $7.50

Even though it's winter and there's no heating inside, Simon orders the black sesame ice slush, an ice berg topped with a scoop of green tea gelato and covered in soft-cooked sweetened red beans.

Mango lychee and mini sticky balls with mango gelato $7.50

It's a kaleidoscope of colours in Suze's choice, a glass of mango gelato and mini sticky balls with tinned mango and lychee. The glutinous rice balls are a chewy rainbow of starch.

Red bean porridge with sticky ball (2 pieces) hot or cold $5.00

As the wind blows in through the constantly opening door, I seek refuge in a bowl of red bean porridge. The glutinous rice balls are huge globules of squidgy starch that seem determined to stick in the throat. The red bean soup is very sweet and a little too disintegrated for my preference, the red beans all cooked down to a grainy thickness.

There's a range of Asian desserts on offer including green bean (mung bean) porridge, six bean porridge, puddings, ice kacang, gelato and milk teas with pearls.

A range of savoury options and set meals are available during the day, with a reduced snack menu from late evening.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 8/09/2009 02:21:00 am


  • At 8/09/2009 9:29 am, Blogger Y said…

    I've often thought the same thing, Helen. Unfortunately it's not papaya and white fungus I feel like having at that time of the night ;P

  • At 8/09/2009 1:38 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    what's your favourite dessert at this place? i love the graphics they have. so fun.

  • At 8/09/2009 5:09 pm, Anonymous Yas @ hungry.digital.elf. said…

    Hehe sugar overloaded!! I love going to eat with you guys for this obvious reason LOL

  • At 8/09/2009 7:10 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    i love the lnc logo! hah i had to double check i typed lnc...

  • At 8/09/2009 8:52 pm, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, more late-night dessert places please!! I always seem to end up at the Lindt cafe at night. I hope more places like this open up, gotta love those super glutinousy Asian desserts!

  • At 8/10/2009 3:25 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Y - It's a shame we don't have late night cafes or diners. Imagine pecan pie with ice cream! Or cherry pie! Ha, I rarely feel like papaya and white fungus either :)

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - Ahh if there's sugar it's all good isn't it? The graphics are cute although it does only make more aware of how un-Powerpuff Girl alike I am!

    Hi Yas - Heh, birds of a feather! I think we're a bad influence on each other, but that only guarantees good times!

    Hi Chocolatesuze - The logo is so you :) And lol. You got it right. This time. :)

    Hi Stephcookie - Lindt Cafe always gets mentioned when we're debating on our next stop. I have noticed that Chinatown does seem to be trading later these days. The cake shops are now open until 9pm or 10pm which is dangerously convenient :)

  • At 8/10/2009 7:17 pm, Anonymous Simon said…

    I'd argue that there never is a bad time to have ice cream :)

    Same goes for Laksa, as I often have it during summer.

  • At 8/10/2009 9:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks great, i'll have to go there next time im in the city!!


  • At 8/10/2009 10:23 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Simon - I remember shivering just watching you guys eat ice cream. And lol, I can only ever eat laksa in winter when I'm starving!

    Hi sydneyguyrojoe - Always good to have extra dessert options. Hope you have fun :)


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