If going through WWII means we get to live on sweet potatoes every day, so be it. Okay, not really. But, you get our point- we can’t get enough of this delicious root vegetable, which comes in all kinds of shapes and colours.
Not to mention, they’re actually really healthy as well. Brimming with fibre, antioxidants and Vitamin A, these superfoods are great for your body. But, we’re going to ditch the health talk for now because that’s not what we’re about today.
As their name suggests, sweet potatoes are basically a godsent vegetable for the sweet-toothed. They absolutely thrive in the realm of desserts. So, for all the ‘han tze’ lovers, we’ve rounded up 10 spots in Singapore that turn sweet potatoes into wondrous mouthwatering treats!
BEAST & BUTTERFLIES – SWEET POTATO MONT BLANC
As their name suggests, this restaurant enthroned within M Social Singapore is founded upon the concept of oxymorons. Their interior is dressed in an eclectic outfit, replete with whimsical furnishings and embellishments.
Expect no less from their menu, which features East-meets-West fusion creations. Their Sweet Potato Mont Blanc is a case in point – a collision of Asian flavours with French intricacy. The dainty dessert encloses buttery sponge cake and coconut gelato seated atop a crumbly biscuit base.
90 Robertson Quay, M Social Singapore, Level 1
Tel: +65 6657 0018
Mon to Fri: 7am – 10am, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Sat to Sun: 7am – 10.30am, 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Fort Canning
If you’re going down to Muji to get some house supplies or stationery, why not swing by their in-house cafe? Café & Meal Muji dishes out an array of hot and cold deli, amongst other mains, small bites and desserts.
All eyes are on their Sweet Purple Potato & Chestnut Roll (S$7.90), one of their more popular pastries. This Swiss cake roll is clogged with smooth cream and soft chestnuts, then topped with ribbons of sweet potato paste.
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, MUJI Plaza, #01-10 to 17
Tel: +65 6264 5838
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut
CHÂTERAISÉ – SWEET POTATO & PUMPKIN SOUFFLÉ CHEESECAKE
Housing throngs of Japanese treats and cakes, Châteraisé makes sure that no one who enters leaves empty-handed.
Their Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Souffle Cheesecake is as wondrous as it sounds. An airy matrimony of candied pumpkin and fresh cream, the cake is blanketed in Naruto Kintoki sweet potato cream. Candied Naruto Kintoki sweet potato pieces and chocolate seal the deal.
2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #B4-45/46
Tel: +65 6509 0919
Daily: 10.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
GUMA GUMA – SWEET POTATO
For those who appreciate sweet potato in its au naturel form, Guma Guma was made for you. This takeaway kiosk at the basement of VivoCity is run by a Korean ahjussi, Mr Hwang, and his wife, Eun Hee.
Their honey sweet potatoes are imported straight from Korea, and are endowed with natural sugars that slowly caramelise as they bake in the oven. Some say it’s just as good or even better than Don Don Don Ki’s famed sweet potatoes.
1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity, #B2-K12
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
HVALA – SWEET POTATO CAKE
Whenever we’re feeling a little too wound up about life, Hvala is one of our go-to remedies. This charming teahouse is drenched in serenity and transports us straight to Japan with one sip of their hot brews.
Aside from their tea selection, they have an impressive line-up of desserts. One of them is the Sweet Potato Cake (S$7.80), which sees purple sweet potato-infused sponge cake layered with luscious cream jammed with yellow sweet potato cubes.
30 Victoria St, #01-04, CHIJMES
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall
JUNE BAKERY – SWEET POTATO MOCHI
One wouldn’t expect much of a crowd at The Plaza, a shady-looking centre a stone’s throw from Bugis — let alone in its basement. But that’s exactly what you’ll find within the perimeters of June Bakery, an old-school family-run bakery.
When it comes to this under-the-radar gem, it’s fastest fingers first. Their Sweet Potato Mochi stuffed with creamy yam paste and rolled in ground peanuts sounds like an absolute dream. And it is, which is why these sell out within an hour or so.
7500A Beach Rd
Tel: +65 9731 3002
Mon to Fri: 7am – 2.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
KUEH HO JIAK – SWEET POTATO ONDEH ONDEH
Ang Ku Kueh is traditionally made with glutinous rice flour and colouring. But, Kueh Ho Jiak is turning heads with their gorgeous renditions made with sweet potato-infused skin.
If there was ever an ang ku kueh beauty pageant, Kueh Ho Jiak would win Miss Universe, hands down. You’ll find a wide range of intricately shaped kuehs at this stall, stuffed with varying flavours such as durian, red bean and yam.
They also have sweet potato ondeh ondeh, which promises a burst-in-your-mouth sensation.
6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-20
Tel: +65 8750 9271
Mon to Sat: 7.30am – 2pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
THE WORKBENCH BISTRO – PURPLE SWEET POTATO WAFFLES
Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. You’re looking at purple sweet potato waffles. And yes, they taste as good as they sound. Pair them with fried chicken for that classic fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or with ice cream for a sweet ending to your meal.
For something a little lighter, their Sweet Potato Latte is also a crowd favourite.
332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, #01-1881
Tel: +65 6452 0810
Mon to Thurs: 12pm – 10pm
Fri: 12 – 11pm
Sat: 10am – 11pm
Sun: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio
TWO HANA – SWEET POTATO SOY LATTE
Bibimbap has never looked more rad than at Two Hana, a fusion Korean restaurant in Century Square. This casual eating place dishes out playful dishes such as Fried Chicken Bap and Braised Beef Green Laksa.
Their beverage menu isn’t any less impressive. Lactose intolerant customers can indulge in their Iced Sweet Potato Soy Latte (S$6/regular, S$7/large), which entails a delicious blend of sweet potato puree and soy milk.
2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square, #01-21
Tel: +65 6260 4321
Sun to Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 11am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Tampines
With their opulent pastries and cakes at affordable price points, it’s a real mystery why this quiet patisserie isn’t getting way more attention. Run by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Whiskit Bakery & Cafe does some really intriguing desserts.
Besides a handful of mainstays, their dessert menu works on a rotational basis. So, if you see their Sweet Potato Mont Blanc on display that day, you’d better get it. The strings of purple sweet potato paste hide a blueberry-infused filling, making for a strangely harmonious pairing.
533 Upper Cross St, Hong Lim Complex, #01-33
Tel: +65 9366 6136
Mon to Sat: 11am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown