From Monday to Friday this week, the Go Away team will be revealing the 50 foods we believe will define your dining experience in Singapore. A mix of international and local flavours, these lists comprise of old-time favourites, well-known populars, as well as little-known gems. This is the final list of our 5-part series and here, we reveal the sweet treats we can never say No to.
We love nothing better than end a meal with something sweet. Be it a slice of luscious cake or something fruity to freshen up the palate, there is always a reason for desserts.
1. Earl Grey Caramel Buttermilk Waffles, $11.50
26 Evans Road (Tel: 6735 5647)
When waffles went from being a childhood favourite to HUGE hipster fare, we despaired and mourned for a very long time. So, you can imagine the cynicism we bear towards every waffle put in front of us. But when we tried this waffle from Assembly Coffee, we were impressed. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, the waffle bears Earl Grey’s distinct bergamot scent even before we cut it. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel drizzled over the top, this dessert is a definite winner if you adore tea-flavoured sweet treats.
2. Dark Belgian Chocolate Cake, $9.50
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
57 Killiney Road (Tel: 6735 3298)
So simple yet so good … that’s the best way to describe this chocolate cake. The cake is completely naked – no cream, no icing – yet we daresay that it’s one of the most addictive chocolate cakes we’ve ever eaten. It’s soft, moist, chocolatey, and not too sweet. At $9.50 for the full loaf (about 8 sizeable slices), it’s awesome value for money too.
3. Coconut Ice Cream, $3 for a single scoop
Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road
We actually stumbled upon this bright and cheerful-looking stall while taking a respite from the heat, and boy were we glad we did. Served in a small coconut husk, every spoonful of the rich and creamy Thailand-imported coconut ice cream will remind you of the Chatuchak Market favourite. It also comes with free toppings (choose from cornflakes, peanuts, chocolate sauce, etc.) and a cup of refreshing coconut water.
4. Ondeh Ondeh Cupcake, $4
12 Jalan Pisang (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
No matter the time or day of the week, it’s almost guaranteed that there’ll be a queue outside Fluff Bakery. And for good reason – the cupcakes here are absolutely divine. Like its name suggests, each cupcake is soft, airy, and fluffy. It’s hard to decide which flavour is our favourite – there’s Creme Brulee, then there’s the Ispahan, which is rose, lychee, and raspberry. However, we have a soft spot for Fluff’s signature flavour Ondeh Ondeh, a delight oozing with gula melaka and perfumed with the tantalising aroma of pandan. Tip: Follow their Instagram (@fluffbakery) to get the latest updates on flavours available and when the store sells out for the day.
5. Kaya Cream Puff, $3
Clarke Quay Central, #01-32
Just the thought of a Beard Papa cream puff enhanced with Ya Kun’s tasty kaya is enough to send anyone drooling, but wait till you try the real thing! This anytime-anyday snack is creamy but surprisingly light and not cloying at all. Fresh-baked choux pastry shell is pumped full of kaya cream. Every bite gives you the buttery flavour of the pastry coupled with a burst of kaya flavour. A veritable party-in-your-mouth!
6. Lemon Drizzle Mini, $5
Ugly Cake Shop
GB Point, #01-06, 535 Kallang Bahru (Tel: 8228 8300)
Everything at this newly opened cake shop (it used to be an online store) is yummy, but their Lemon Drizzle Mini takes the cake. There’s nothing complicated about the cake; it’s a mini butter loaf pound cake drizzled with lemon juice the moment it’s fresh out of the oven. But we love the tangy kick that comes with every bite of this deliciously moist cake. While you’re at Ugly Cake Shop, be sure to try another of their crowd-favourites, Big Daddy Cupcake. Made with Nutella and Valrhona chocolate, this cupcake promises to satisfy your chocolate cravings right from the first bite. Warning: One is never enough!
7. Fried Durian Fritter, $2
Wah Cai 3-in-1 Fried Nian Gao
TANGS Market, TANGS at Tang Plaza
Hailing from JB, this fried durian fritter sees “de-seeded” durian flesh encased within a crispy crackly fried crust. Creamy and retaining the pungent flavour of the notorious fruit, this is STRICTLY for durian-lovers. We got a non-durian lover to try it to see if it passes the “yucks” test, and were happy to see that it passed with flying colours. She was totally traumatised.
8. Kueh Salaat, $5/slice or $60/cake
The Chalk Farm
The Chalk Farm specialises in a range of “Western”-flavoured cakes like cappuccino cheesecake and chocolate Guinness cake, which are all delicious in their own right. Their kueh salaat is perhaps their most “local” offering and, we have to say, it is simply outstanding. Right away, this sweet treat seduces the eyes with its bright colours. The sticky rice – streaked with fresh butterpea extract, rather than artificial colouring – offers just the right amount of chewiness, while the custard layer is made with fresh coconut milk and pandan juice. This dense kueh has a wonderful mouthfeel and though the slices are quite thickly cut, it is possible you might find yourself wanting more after your first! As fresh coconut milk is used, The Chalk Farm only produces limited quantities a day, so it’s best to call ahead to place an order.
9. Egg Tart, $4.50
6 Bukit Pasoh Road (Tel: 6221 0132)
PSA: The chefs at BOCA only prepare 20 to 30 pieces egg tarts daily, so be sure to place your dessert order at the start of your meal. You don’t want to miss out on this decadent dessert. Smooth wobbly egg custard is packed densely within a slightly-charred flaky puff pastry before being dusted with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and icing sugar. If you want authentic Portuguese egg tarts, this is the place to get them!
10. The Jacintha, $8.90/slice
The Fabulous Baker Boy
The Foothills, 70 River Valley Road, #01-15 (Tel: 6694 8336)
Pandan flavoured cake with gula melaka filling and cream cheese coconut frosting – is this not a cake befitting of the soulful diva that inspired it? The Fabulous Baker Boy has 16 different cakes on sale each day but it is this jade-green beauty that ultimately won us over. Every mouthful of this cake delivers a pow-wow of familiar Asian flavours. The saltiness of the cream cheese complements the sweetness of the gula melaka so the cake is neither rich nor cloying. Although a full-bodied dessert, the light-as-air sponge and fluffy frosting ensure you’ll not leave the table heavy with guilt.
Fellow foodies in Singapore, we know this list is by no means exhaustive. Let us know your personal recommendation too!