Soya bean is back! For some reason, it has even gone the trendy route and gone for the full kakigori makeover, so here’s my personal review of SoyLab Damansara Uptown.
Disclaimer: As usual, unedited shots on my blog, edited - or at . least I try - on my IG @bibzeats !
If you’re a fan of this place, a few other recommendations from me that are similar include Dao (Tau fu fah) and Miru - which is pretty nearby.
Context: Came to SoyLab in the afternoon after a very early brunch - acted as a lunch add-on - with my sister and parents (4 pax.)
Is it Halal?
I’m honestly not sure. I don’t really see any information pertaining to this anywhere around the shop or online, but I’m just going to say that I would like to think that soya bean and beancurd with ice should be halal, but do your own discretion with regard to this.
Where it Is?
This is a dessert spot located in Damansara Uptown (basically near Starling Mall). If you ask me, I would just park at Starling Mall and walk over to SoyLab - simply because I don’t really want to deal with all the double parking and struggle to find parking. It’s about 5-10 minutes walking distance away. The best way to walk would be to turn right from the Nam Heong exit in Starling Mall and follow Google Maps.
I’m pretty sure there’s probably a faster way, but I can guarantee that this is AT LEAST the second fastest way!
Address: 104, Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Daily: 1pm to 11pm (off days on Monday)
What it Costs
So, the three of us had 4 different desserts here. Word of advice that the only thing you pretty much have to wait for is the Souffle, so do order that in your ‘first round’ if you plan to go back and add-on more to your order.
You might have to wait for a table before they actually allow you to be at the ordering counter to place your order.
So we had the souffle (RM22), the shuai beancurd (RM9.50) - which comes with 2 toppings of your choice on the side with your own add-in soya bean - their Bean Looking for Her (Large one for RM11) which is just their soya bean drink with brown sugar and pearls. Lastly, we had the kakigori (RM13.50).
To be honest, I can’t even remember whether there was any tax or anything so I sincerely apologise for this mistake.
But that being said, if I were to make a recommendation about this, I would say go for the kakigori. The reason being that it is almost all in one. So you have the beancurd at the bottom layer, a soya bean to add if you some more and a souffle that I can’t pretend is in this dish, but you get to try most dishes here at SoyLab.
How it Tastes
Overall, I have some reservations over some soya bean themed restaurants because they are often either too bland (sometimes tau foo fah can be a bit meh) or too sweet (like those with too much syrup).
Favourite of all the desserts here is probably the soufflé quite simply because it is really fluffy and a nice souffle overall - and maybe slightly because it is the one that is special among the other ones. It uses this soya bean flavoured ice cream, so there is nice richness to it!
For the other 3, I personally quite like the soya bean drink. Really refreshing and light compared to the other brown sugar milk (tea) options out there. You also have a decent pearl and brown sugar syrup, so honestly this is a GOOD drink!
The beancurd is good, but I see the only reasons why you would get this over the kakigori would be a) you (and your company) don’t plan to eat much at all or b) you want the 2 toppings you can choose , but I feel that otherwise the kakigori is much more interesting to try!
You’ve got pearls, you’ve got syrup, you’ve got red bean and you’ve got tau fu fah. Honestly love this kakigori! Plus you have the extra-ness of having smoke coming out a-la dry ice for the perfect IG shot!
At the end of the day, it comes down to this. If you appreciate soya bean, this is the place to be. If you are open to trying, this is almost a contemporary version of a very classic soya bean drink. If you hate soya bean, you will naturally hate this place.
8.5/10. A nice modern take on a classic drink! They’ve got really nice desserts and they’ve got a REALLY trendy thing going on. I’m more of a fan of sweeter dessert options, but I can see why there is a buzz about this place.
9.5 for my sister @themilkteathief on IG. Not exactly sure what she’s basing it on, but I think she likes it based on the score.