Indulge Your Love For Everything Sweet With These One-Of-A-Kind Desserts In Singapore

You absolutely must try these!

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As Malaysians, nothing excites us more than enjoying great food and discovering new dishes

Our passion for food is legendary - we don't mind driving for hours just to have a plate of the best nasi kandar in the country. At the same time, we're also quite adventurous when it comes to food. We love trying new creations and different cuisines, like the nasi lemak burger and raclette cheese.

So whether you're looking for a simple traditional meal, or nostalgic flavours with a modern twist - these are all possible with a foodie trip to Singapore.

And if you have a craving for all things sweet, here are some you should try in Singapore:

Traditional treats

1. Peranakan Khek's traditional kueh putugal

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If you're looking for more traditional Peranakan desserts, drop by Peranakan Khek to check out their handmade kuih-muih. This little dessert shop is run by Chef Sharon Low, a professional pastry chef who is determined to preserve the tradition of handmade Peranakan desserts. All her kuihs are made using the same ingredients from recipes that have been passed down through the ages, like coconut, gula melaka, pandan leaf, and more. 

One of the popular kuihs Chef Sharon has in store is the Kueh Putugal, also called Kuih Portugal Ubi in Malaysia. This kuih is said to have both local and Portuguese influence, hence the name. 

Chef Sharon makes her Kuih Putugal using tapioca, pisang rajah, and freshly grated coconut. 

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Address: #01-03, 11 Cavan Road. 
Opening hours: 11am-5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays
Nearest MRT station: Bendemeer

2. Antoinette's signature cake

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Antoinette is one of the most popular dessert shops in Singapore, serving French desserts that tastes just as amazing as they look. It's opened by Chef Pang Kok Keong, who's a big fan of desserts himself. He started his career as an Executive Pastry Chef in a well-known chocolaterie, and now runs his own Parisian pâtisserie.

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The most popular item in store is a milk chocolate mousse named after the shop itself. The Antoinette is every chocolate lover's dream - milk chocolate infused with earl grey tea with dark chocolate earl grey cremeaux, served on top of a chocolate biscuit and topped with raspberry coulis and earl grey tea crumble.

Take lots of photos before you dig in - this is one dessert you want to remember in terms of taste and presentation.  

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Address: 30 Penhas Road; and 333A Orchard Road.
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, daily
Nearest MRT station: Lavender (Penhas Road); Somerset (Orchard Road)

Modern desserts

3. 2am:dessertbar's delicious Shades of Purple

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Opened by Singapore's Dessert Queen Janice Wong, 2am:dessertbar serves some of the best sweet creations in the country. Janice found her love in food, particularly pastries, when she was studying Economics in Australia. She was so passionate about it that she later went to study at Le Cordon Bleu, the world-famous school that specialises in hospitality and culinary arts.

Shades of Purple is one of the most popular dishes at her dessert parlour, which is made from purple fruits, vegetables, and flowers: purple potato, blackberry, and lavender. This sweet and sour dessert is so beautiful that most of her customers say it's more than a dish, but a work of art.

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Address: 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village.
Opening hours: 3pm-2am, Tuesdays to Sundays
Nearest MRT station: Holland Village

Traditional snacks with a modern twist

4. Non Entrée Desserts' nostalgic 'Back To The Future' series

The café and its unique dessert selections were started by three friends, one of them being an ex-sous chef from Basilico Regent Singapore specialising in pastries. Non Entrée Desserts is famous for its chocolate and matcha 'Avalanche' dessert series, which features a chocolate or matcha lava cake perched on top of a cup filled with special ice cream, nougatine, and chocolate or matcha soil.

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The chef was inspired by local childhood flavours like kaya toasts and angku kuih (red tortoise cake) to create the current 'Back To The Future' series of desserts.

You'll find "soft boiled eggs" made from coconut panna cotta and mango, seasoned with gula melaka "soy sauce" and cinnamon powder "pepper"; and nyonya kuihs made from strawberry jelly and shortcake.

Address: 204, Rangoon Road, Hong Building.
Opening hours: 2-10pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park

5. Candlenut's special Buah Keluak ice cream

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Did you know that Singapore is home to the world's first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant? Candlenut is headed by Chef Malcolm Lee, and was awarded its first star in 2016. Malcolm is no stranger to traditional Peranakan cuisine, having been exposed to it since he was a child in his grandmother's home. His passion for the complex and unique flavours of this traditional cuisine led him to secure a scholarship to study in the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, and eventually opened his first restaurant. 

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Candlenut is known for its famous Buah Keluak ice cream. While the fruit is a common ingredient in some Peranakan dishes, it's almost unheard of as a dessert due to its strong flavour. Malcolm was willing to take the risk, and successfully created this popular dish.

This dessert is made using actual buah keluak, served with warm Valrhona chocolate foam, salted caramel, and chilli flakes.

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Address: 17A Dempsey Road.
Opening hours: 12-3pm; 6-10pm, daily
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Road

6. Corner House's modern interpretation of the Kaya Toast

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Corner House is the place to be if you want to enjoy dessert with a view. The one-Michelin star restaurant is situated within the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, in the bungalow once owned by famous botanist, E. J. H. Corner. The kitchen is headed by Chef Jason Tan, who fuses his love for food with the bungalow owner's love for plants to create Corner House's contemporary cuisine concept - Gastro-Botanica. 

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One of the must-try items on Corner House's menu is 'My Interpretation of Kaya Toast', a dessert inspired by everyone's go-to breakfast food. Chef Jason said that kaya has always been one of his favourite food, and that the inspiration from this dessert came from his childhood memories of having kaya toast with his family. He also wanted to prove that simple ingredients like pandan and gula melaka can be used to create desserts fit for a fine dining restaurant. 

Chef Jason's interpretation of the kaya toast is made using pandan, coconut, and gula melaka sandwiched between muscovado sablés, served with a dollop of yuzu sorbet. 

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Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens. 
Opening hours: 12-3pm and 6:30-11pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Nearest MRT station: Botanic Gardens

7. Labyrinth's unique Ah Hua Kelong Flower Crab ice cream

Chef Han Liguang is so passionate about cooking that he was willing to work in a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant for free while working full-time as a banker. He eventually opened his own restaurant, Labyrinth, which got its first Michelin star in 2017. 

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Labyrinth serves Modern Singaporean cuisine, where the chef integrates traditional flavours with international culinary styles to create new local dishes. You can be sure that every dish will be a surprise when you're dining here. 

Chef Liguang took what's normally a hot main dish, and turned it into a dessert served cold - chilli crab ice cream. Called 'Ah Hua Kelong Flower Crab', the dish features a tempura soft shell crab served with a scoop of chilli crab ice cream on fried mantou crumbs. 

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Address: 02-23, 8 Raffles Avenue.
Opening hours: 12-2:30pm and 6:30-11pm on Tuesdays to Fridays; 6-11pm on weekends (the chilli crab ice cream is only available in their dinner sets).
Nearest MRT station: Esplanade

From Michelin-starred food presentations to delicious dishes steeped in tradition, Singapore will definitely have something that satisfies your appetite

Traditional sweets, unique creations, and even modern interpretations of classic local flavours - you can find them all in Singapore. So don't forget to visit these dessert places to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings during your next visit to Singapore. 

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