Our three night visits to Cheng Sim Ei (เซ็งซิมอี้, or 'Sheng Sim Ei') was for the man to get his sugar fix. It's still sitting on Chula land, but it's moved from its old gritty joint to two blocks somewhere behind Siam Square, next to Suan Luang Market. There's another outlet in a mall and one next to a Teochew porridge stall, but this at Chula is nostalgic to me.
The stall pretty much serves up familiar Chinese desserts with shaved ice, น้ำแข็งใส or หวานเย็น ('naam kang saii' or 'waan yen'). Each stall has plenty of colorful toppings are available for customers to choose, or there're some standard bowls that you could simply order. Till today, I've never bothered to learn the names of those desserts in Thai. Dessert shops always offer photos and I simply point to my orders. Hahaha.
The man loves these desserts. He somehow eagerly found space for a bowl of something for supper. He thinks that they're lighter than butter, cream and cakes. Hmmm. Okaaaay. I don't deviate very much from my usual orders, which is what we know as cheng tng. Coconut milk does nothing for me, and I don't like colors or jellied things, so this bowl of brown colors work for me. Whatever else I don't eat, I leave it behind. The longan syrup is never too sweet because the ball of shaved ice would melt down just fine. Or I could always ask for more shaved ice.
Cheng Sim Ei (เซ็งซิมอี้)
between Chula Soi 5 and 12 (next to Suan Luang Square)
ซอยจุฬาลงกรณ์ 5 ถนนเจริญเมือง กรุงเทพมหานคร