11 Desserts You Must Try in Singapore

By Salmah Shahnawaz | 13, Nov, 2017
11 Desserts You Must Try in Singapore
Singapore has a great food scene going on, but what gets more focus is the different cuisines available and local street food. To have a complete foodie experience, there are local Singaporean desserts you need to try, as the ethnic sweet scene has a vast array of delights to pick from. It is not difficult to find Halal dessert places in Singapore, and we give you a list of the best dessert places.
 
Here are some of the best Singaporean desserts and where to find them:

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1) Pandan Cake

 
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This dessert is now so popular that it has travelled throughout South East Asia, to Hong Kong and even Sri Lanka. A light chiffon cake that is flavoured with the juice of pandan leaves gives it its distinct taste, as well as the green colour that it is known by.

Best places to find Pandan Cake: Pure Pandan at New Bridge Road in Chinatown Point, and Bengawan Solo 

 

2) Apom Berkuah

 
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These picturesque little circles that are the Singaporean version of pancakes and maple syrup are so pretty that you’ll want to snap a picture of it before devouring it. Unlike regular pancakes, Apom Berkuah is made from fermented rice flour and coconut water, and the juice from Bunga Telang flowers make up the pretty blue centre. Small, crisp on the edges and fluffy inside, they are served with warm banana sauce.

Best places to find Apom Berkuah: Peramakan at Keppel Club on Bukit Chermin Road
 
 

3) Durian Pengat

 
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Durian is such a classic flavour in Malaysia and Singapore, so if you don’t mind the smell and are up to try a dessert, go for a Durian Pengat! It is a Durian mousse made from the pulp of the fruit and coconut milk, and its soft smooth goodness is enough to satisfy the cravings of any Durian lover.

Best places to find Durian Pengat: Owl Café at Bedok Point in Upper Changi Road, and Sinpopo Brand at Joo Chiat Road
 
 

4) Grass Jelly 

 
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A refreshing dessert, especially if you can’t keep up with the heat, Grass Jelly is made by boiling aged mint stalks with starch until they become jelly. Like most other desserts, the jelly cubes are served over shaved ice or ice cubes. If you want a hit of more freshness, add a squeeze of lime; if you want to add more sweetness to the dish, get it with honey or syrup on the side.

Best places to find Grass Jelly: Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly at Golden Mile Food Centre on Beach Road, and Wampoa Soya Bean And Grass Jelly at Wampoa Drive Makan Place
 
 

5) Ice Kachang

 
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Probably the most popular cheap dessert in Singapore, this mound of shaved ice is a colourful bowl of goodness. A cross between a snow cone and a sundae, the Ice Kachang comes with a variety of toppings, as per your liking. Sweet corn, agar-agar (jelly), red beans and mangrove palm seeds are some of the relishes added onto the shaved ice doused in multi-coloured syrup, ready to be shared with friends.

Best places to find Ice Kachang: Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert at brickworks Food Centre in Jalan Bukit Merah, and Annie’s Peanut Ice Kachang at Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre
 
 

6) Orh Nee

 
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You don’t have to be a fan of yams to like this dessert. Orh Nee is made from yam paste that is fried and blended until smooth, formed into balls, and generally served with gingko nuts and pumpkin. It is one of the desserts in Singapore that travellers must try.

Best places to find Orh Nee: Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee Restaurant on Havelock Road, and Tien Garden on Changi Road in Lor Mazuki
 
 

7) Pulut Hitam 

 
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One of the most classic local desserts in Singapore, Pulut Hitam is a crowd favourite. Black glutinous rice has a very nutty flavour, and is simmered in coconut milk and palm sugar to form a porridge-like consistency and served with a swirl of coconut milk on top.

Best places to find Pulut Hitam: Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert at brickworks Food Centre in Jalan Bukit Merah
 
 

8) Sago Gula Melaka

 
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Gula Melaka is made out of palm sugar and is used in a lot of Singaporean dishes, not to mention desserts. This key ingredient offers its classic flavour to the cuisine as it is popularly used as a natural sweetener in South East Asian cooking. Gula Melaka shines through, however, in this dish where chewy pearl sago – generally tasteless on its own – is cooked in moulds and served with palm sugar and coconut milk. You can really appreciate the caramel flavour as it is poured over the sago.

Best places to find Sago Gula Melaka: The Blue Ginger Restaurant on Tanjong Pagar Road, and Chilli Padi at Joo Chiat Place
 
 

9) Tang Yuen

 
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A sweet treat influenced by the Chinese, Tang Yuen are balls made from glutinous rice flour that is cooked and served in syrup. In Singapore, various pastes like sesame or peanut, or even newer flavours like green tea, are what forms the centre of the rice ball, and it is served in peanut soup instead of the clear soup that the Chinese make.

Best places to find Tang Yuen: Ah Balling Peanut Soup at Golden Mile Food Centre on Beach Road, and Dessert Story on Tiong Bahru Road
 

10) Tau Suan

 
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Who would have thought that split mung beans would taste so good? This hot dessert is hard to perfect as the mung beans have to be cooked so that they split, but not overcooked so that they are mushy. They are boiled with pandan and thickened with potato flour. The best places are those that are extra generous with their You Tiao – dough fritters that come dunked in the bowl of Tau Suan and whose starchy goodness pairs perfectly with the soup-like texture.

Best places to find Tau Suan: Tiong Bahru Tau Suan at the Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre on Seng Poh Road (they are open from morning until they sell out), and Le Chausseur on Eunos Road
 
 

11) Tissue Prata 

 
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One of Singapore’s must-try desserts is inspired by the Indian roti prata. Tissue Prata is named so because it is made super thin and crispy, and requires some skill to get it not too oily or break the bread. It is generally served with sugar or chocolate sauce or a variety of sweet sauces or fruits or ice cream, but for the most local experience, try it with kaya, a coconut jam.

Best places to find Tissue Prata: Mr Prata at Evans Lodge on Evans Road, and Spize on Bedok Road in Simpang Bedok
 
Don't miss out the best desserts in Singapore because you can’t complete your Singaporean foodie experience without them. With plenty of Halal food places in Singapore, sweet treats aren’t hard to find, but if you have trouble in trying to locate Halal food places, be sure to use the Halal Trip App to find out what people have eaten and where. And don’t forget to leave your reviews and suggestions for more to enjoy!

Salmah Shahnawaz is an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and a busy body in general. Mostly you will find her daydreaming about her next getaway, nursing a mug of coffee; or with her nose in a book when she can spare the chance.