In this day and age, when we think of desserts, visuals of over-the-top milkshakes and soufflé pancakes spring to mind. Yet, we often forget that long before our Insta-worthy confections became the next “it” thing in Singapore, old-school desserts were what we sought comfort in.
It is only right we pay tribute to our classic novelty local desserts: think Ice Kachang, Chendol and Cheng Tng! Not only do they evoke a sense of nostalgia in us, they are still the best treats to counter Singapore’s unrelenting heat.
Here is an ode to 15 Nostalgic Desserts in Singapore — and where to find them — that will leave you with a sweet taste of tradition and take you down memory lane.
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Home to the famed Ponggol Nasi Lemak and Lola’s Cafe, Kovan is easily one of Singapore’s most underrated foodie gems. As if we needed any more reason to visit Kovan, this food haven has a new prized addition to their collection of treasured eateries.
North-east siders now have one more option when they’re hunting down a sweet fix after dinner. Meet Sweet Thoughts by M.O.D.
Taking the form of an Asian dessert cafe, Sweet Thoughts by M.O.D. is a new venture by Chef Francis Wong (previously the Chef Entrepreneur of the popular Non Entrée Desserts) has 12 years of experience in creating novelty ice cream and frozen desserts up his sleeves.
Correction on 17 Mar 2020: Chef Francis Wong, previously the Chef Entrepreneur of the popular Non Entrée Desserts, has joined Sweet Thoughts by M.O.D. However, this is not a new concept by Non Entrée Desserts.
Brownies are irresistible chocolate squares that will win bae’s heart over with its indulgent, chocolatey goodness. Said decadent treats come in an assortment of flavours and textures — fudgy, dense or crisp — and will light a smile on your faces upon the first bite.
Here are the best brownie spots in Singapore that dish out addictive, fudging good brownies.
Easties, rejoice! We have a Muslim-owned neighbourhood bakery to introduce to you, and it is Shubby Sweets. Nestled in the quaint Chai Chee estate a mere stone throw’s away from Bedok MRT, this halal bakery doles out handcrafted artisanal bakes including the likes of brownies, blondies, cakes, and choux.
A successful homegrown business, Shubby Sweets have become the go-to takeaway spot for residents in the area to curb their sweet cravings. The folks behind this bakery also pride themselves on creating bite-sized goodies in small batches to achieve utmost quality and consistency.
Expect a different menu each week — you are in for a sweet treat each time you pop by.
Jiggly, airy and soft, soufflé pancakes are one of the most legendary hybrids in the history of desserts. It doesn’t matter if you can barely stand after your meal — you’ll always have space for this lightweight indulgence.
Singapore has seen many cafes serving up these cloud-soft pancakes. People just can’t seem to get enough of them. But, just when you thought you’ve seen them all, another cafe strikes again. 19 Tea, a popular chain in South Korea known for its soufflé pancakes and tea has opened at Our Tampines Hub.
Their souffle pancakes are some of the most wallet-friendly ones we’ve seen — any one of them will set you back at less than $5!
Home to an enclave of mouth-watering cafes and restaurants, Serangoon Gardens is a foodie heaven second to none in Singapore. With new eateries popping up here so often, it is undoubtedly the perfect place to bring out the glutton in you!
The Larder Café first started in Toa Payoh in 2016 and they have recently opened another new outlet in Serangoon Gardens, taking over the premise of the now-defunct Arbite which closed down after 9 years.
Boasting a plethora of mains, brunch, big bites and desserts, you can expect to be torn between their delectable options. There’s even alcoholic drinks and a kids’ menu!
Located at 313 Somerset is LaLune Croissant. With the current craze over bubble tea and pretty pastries, LaLune is set to wow you with their colourful array of drinks and croissants full of delicious fillings.
LaLune’s drinks have zero preservatives and artificial flavouring, only using freshly-brewed teas and all-natural fruits. Their little tea bottles also add a wonderful touch being so compact.
Did we mention LaLune was opened by a local NTU graduate? It’s a great time to #SupportLocal with so many big franchises from overseas popping up in Singapore.
Joining in on the soufflé pancake trend is Fluff Stack that sits on the basement of the newly renovated F&B section of Suntec City. Pretty in pink with gold accents, the decor of the cafe is as pretty as the pancakes.
But one thing that definitely sets Fluff Stack apart from other soufflé pancake cafés has got to be the price point. While soufflé pancakes tend to be priced at a premium, we love that the ones here start from S$8.80 which is pretty affordable!