NYC’s Best Coconut Jelly Pudding – Coconut Jelly King vs Roam Cafe Gallery

Battle of the coconut jelly pudding.

Our experience

Long-time followers of this dessert blog may recall our comparative review of two fabulous tofu pudding spots in Chinatown – Fong On and 46 Mott Street.  Today, we introduce you to the latest dessert trend to hit NYC, or more specifically two little pocket-sized dessert stores in Long Island City.  Infused with love from East Asia via LA, we predict coconut jelly pudding to be one of the best desserts to look out for this upcoming humid summer in NYC!


So, what is coconut jelly pudding?  It is similar in texture to tofu pudding — silky, light and just slightly sweet.  The difference is the coconut flavour.  Here’s our comparison of two spots in NYC that offer it so far.  We will keep updating this (as we do with all round-up reviews), so be sure to bookmark this page for future!


Coconut Jelly King

Roam Cafe & Gallery

Price point

Approx USD $8 (for plain) and $12-15 (with toppings)

Approx $10 (for plain) and $12-13 (with toppings)


Only available as straight-up coconut jelly pudding, or with toppings (the mango and sticky rice one is great!)

Only available as straight-up coconut jelly pudding, or with toppings


Silky, lighter

Silky, thicker


Sweeter coconut flavour

Earthier, creamier coconut flavour

Dessert adventure checklist

  1. ☑ Dessert destination: 
  2. ☑ Budget: $ (USD $8-15).
  3. ☑ Sweet irresistibles: Modern Asian dessert.
  4. ☑ Must-eat: Coconut jelly pudding
  5. ☑ The short and sweet story: Battle of the coconut jelly pudding


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