2015 may be coming to an end and you could be wondering where it went… As you take stock of the year that sped by, one thing gladly and gloriously remains: 16 of these God-sent desserts introduced to Singaporeans in 2015 (listed below) that you must try if you haven’t already conquered sweetness epitomised on your tastebuds!
Just as surely as we brought you our drool-worthy list of 10 Nutella Inspired Desserts in Singapore to Get Nuts Over and the 5 Places to Get Ice Cream Rolls, Team Expat keeps on upping the ante with its latest list of 16 must-try desserts—at the risk of our waistlines. However, we must warn you: Don’t proceed any further on an empty stomach.
1. Real Fruit Popsicles – Momolato
90 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178903
+65 6828 0143
Popsicles have been around since forever, but Momolato puts a spin on this classic sweet treat by using real fruit in their popsicles! A perfect pick-me-up for those sweltering hot days, and trust us, you’ll be experiencing many of those during your time here in Singapore. If you require more convincing, well, Momolato has also been crowned the Asia Pacific Champion in the Gelato World Tour!
2. White Truffle and Salted Egg Ice Cream – Dessert Project
22 Havelock Rd, Singapore 160022
+65 8113 5385
Since we’re still in the Christmas mood, next on our list is another cold sweet treat—White Truffle and Salted Egg ice cream. In case you’re wondering, no, they are separate flavours, but according to Dessert Project, both flavours complement each other very well when eaten together with their signature waffle or Shibuya Toast. Aside from these two, the ice cream parlour also serves other exotic flavours such as Melon and Parma Ham, Moscato and Biscotti, so indulge your taste for adventure!
3. Artisanal Desserts – Non Entrée Desserts
204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
Honestly, almost everything from Non Entrée Desserts looks amazing. They pride themselves on their contemporary takes on European desserts, pastries and artisanal ice cream—after seeing their Rubber Duckie (crème fraiche pudding, fresh mango purée, sago, frozen exotic cocktail ducky sat on a lemongrass cloud), we’re sold. Their latest creation is the “TNT” (basil-marinated wild strawberries, fizzy yuzu form, lychee sorbet, pistachio sponge all encrusted in a milk chocolate Dynamite, planted in earl grey chocolate soil with Moscato jelly and fizzy raspberry rocks), created exclusively for the New Year, and is only available from 18 December to 2 January. It’s limited to only 20 servings daily so run, don’t walk, there to try it before it disappears!
4. Lemon/Orange Meringue Tart – Tête-à-Tête Café
21 Biopolis Road, #01-01 Nucleos North Tower, Singapore 138567
Known for the Lemon Meringue Tart, the dessert became so popular that they created the Orange Meringue Tart, which is much sweeter and less tart (pun not intended). Tête-à-Tête Café offers the option to order 3 dessert pastries or cakes for the price of SGD 18, and you can add on a pot of Speciality Tea for an additional SGD 5.
5. Butterfly Pea Tapioca – Soi 60 Thai
60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
+65 6635 6675
Rumour has it that once you’ve tasted the Butterfly Pea Tapioca at Soi 60 Thai, you won’t be able to rest until you get to eat it again. It is also a feast for your eyes as well, as it comes in a striking shade of purple; a result of the butterfly pea tapioca flower. This dessert is also perfect for the hot weather, as it features a combination of pineapple sorbet, coconut milk, pomegranate, tapioca, dried pineapple, and coconut strips.
6. Lime Sphere – FATCAT Ice Cream Bar
Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416
+65 6241 0830
Remember when the water cake from Japan was all the rage? Well, FATCAT Ice Cream Bar’s Lime Sphere reminds us of that, right down to the fact that it disappears if you don’t eat it within 30 minutes, into your partner’s mouth, that is! If lime or wobbly treats are not your thing, then you might want to try their charcoal waffle with butterbeer ice cream and pour-over salted egg yolk sauce or chocolate jardin (French for garden), which is a deconstructed chocolate mousse cake accompanied by cherry brandy sorbet.
7. Tropical Fruits – Les Amis
1 Scotts Road, #01-16, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
+65 6733 2225
Before you close this tab in a huff, no, we do not mean cut tropical fruits like the ones you can buy from roadside stalls. Les Amis’ take on tropical fruits sees a coconut sorbet cocooned in alphonso mango puree and presented in a silver sugar sphere, giving you the added delight of breaking open the sphere to reveal the sweet yet refreshing treat inside.
8. Avocado Coffee – a.e.i.o.u.
111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559
You may argue that coffee isn’t a dessert, but when it comes to the avocado coffee at a.e.i.o.u. café, having it before dinner may spoil your appetite, as it is said to be extremely filling (it also has two shots of espresso!). However, there is no arguing that it is one of the best, if not unexpected, treats to grace Singapore, AND it’s served in an Absolute Vodka bottle that has been repurposed into drinking glasses!
9. Donuts with Salted Egg Yolk Custard – FIX
31, Ah Hood Road HomeTeamNS, #01-07 Singapore 329979
+65 6256 1484
Boy, a while ago people would’ve looked at you funny if you said that you are eating donuts dipped in salted egg yolk custard, but Singapore has been hit with the salted egg yolk craze, and HARD. FIX café recommends customers to have these with a cup of earl grey tea, and we concur!
10. Rainbow Crepe – I am
674 North Bridge Road #01-01, off Haji Lane, Singapore 188804
+65 6295 5509
There’s nothing more hipster than having a rainbow mille crepe instead of the usual rainbow cake at one of the most hipster neighbourhoods in Singapore: Haji Lane. The fact that it looks and tastes amazing will set your social media abuzz. Note that the café is halal, so bring your Muslim friends along!
11. Meringue Glacee – Shelter In the Woods
22 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289218
+65 6466 6225
The rotisserie has actually been around for quite some time, but at some point, it was under renovation, and only reopened at the end of 2014. At first glance, their Meringue Glacee doesn’t look very appetizing (it looks like a porcupine or sea urchin), but looks aside; the house-made raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream topped with baked meringue cones and pistachio makes for a smooth and refreshing treat. Like they say, don’t judge a book (or dessert) by its cover.
12. Terrarium – Antoinette
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188
+65 6293 3121
The handcrafted desserts at Antoinette brings us to tears every time, simply because they are too stunning to eat. However, the best had to be the edible Terrarium made out of dark chocolate mousse, passionfruit parfait, caramelised banana flambé with dark rum, light cocoa sponge cake with dark rum, and smoked almond nougarine that went on sale this Christmas. There is also a Cookie Christmas Tree made from green-coloured almond and candied orange cookies with gingerbread spice—you’d be forgiven if you thought both were decorative pieces for your shelves or mantelpiece.
13. Ice Cream Accident – Everything With Fries
Holland Village, #40 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 227695
+65 6463 3741
This dessert is as new as it gets: It was only introduced on 8 December! Ice Cream Accident utterly charmed us with its concept—their take on “one of those childhood moments” when we dropped our ice cream cone on the soil or concrete while running around. To recreate this, Everything With Fries used premium dark chocolate ice cream topped with a cone and placed it on a bed of chocolate soil with fresh vanilla bean cream and a piece of homemade sesame dentelle. It’s a definite must-try, if not for its one-of-a-kind presentation, then for the affordable price tag!
14. Bingsu – Nunsongyee
45 Burghley Drive, Singapore 559022
+65 9712 1122
It was sometime in the middle of the year that the bingsu craze hit Singapore, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, give it a try at the restaurant that started it all and see what the hype is all about. Bingsu or patbingsu, is a Korean shaved ice dessert that is eaten with sweet toppings such as chopped fruit, condensed milk, syrup, azuki beans, wafers, small pieces of cake, and cookies. At Nunsongyee, the bingsu comes in variations like Red Velvet Bingsu, Strawberry Bingsu, Coffee Bingsu, and Chocolate Banana Bingsu—the outlet is so popular that they opened 3 branches within the span of 6 months in Singapore!
15. My Interpretation of Kaya Toast – Corner House
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, E J H Corner House, Singapore 259569
+65 6469 1000
A meal here could easily be one of the most expensive meals you’ve ever eaten (prices can range from SGD 140 to SGD 200 per person, depending on what you order), but Chef Jason Tan’s unique interpretation of the humble kaya toast, aptly named ‘My Interpretation of Kaya Toast’, is easily one of the best desserts you’ll ever eat. The dessert consists of pandan, coconut, and gula melaka muscovado sable with yuzu sorbet—the presentation alone will leave you awed. If you’re looking for more than kaya toast to revisit, Corner House is not one to be left out of the salted egg yolk or “liu sha” craze, they provide a complimentary salted egg yolk macaroon with your meal or you can buy them at SGD 3 per piece.
16. Ugly Sue – Strictly Pastry
267 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427521
+65 63488 837
Many a customer has faced difficulties with photographing this dessert, because look at it (pictured above). However, the folks at Strictly Pastry are clearly going for taste over aesthetic. One can even say that they are using its unappetizing looks to amplify customers’ palates—the heavenly taste swept us off our feet because we didn’t expect it to taste as good as it did. This dessert is as simple as it gets: A crumbly meringue filled with passionfruit mousse, then rolled with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Did we miss out on any must-try Singapore sweets? Let us know here, so we won’t live with a single regret moving forward into a Sweet 2016! Happy New Year, from Team Expat.