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Desserts

Desserts

Featuring Sunday Folks, Lola's Cafe, Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant Singapore, Tarte by Cheryl Koh, LE Cafe Confectionary & Pastry (Mackenzie Road), Tiong Bahru Bakery (Raffles City), Creamery Boutique Ice Creams, Lady M (Orchard Central), Tong Heng Confectionery (Chinatown), PABLO (Wisma Atria)
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

The Signature Mille Crepes ($9.50) and Rose Mille Crepes ($9.50) from Lady M have been looping in my head all week long. The handmade crepes are layered with a light pastry cream that is not too sweet and the top layer is caramelised till golden. The Rose Mille Crepes is topped with a rose jelly and the cream is infused with a delicate rose scent. I love how light the Mille Crepes from Lady M are - definitely less jelak than a normal cake but no less delicious!

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The Lemon Drizzle Cake ($4 per slice) from Tiong Bahru Bakery looks deceptively ordinary, but it is actually quite impressive. The butter cake (if I’m not wrong) is moist, dense and infused with the subtle fragrance and tanginess of lemon zest. Although it is quite expensive given the small slice, I wouldn’t mind ordering again on days when I need a little indulgence.

I pass by Tong Heng on my way to work everyday but this is my first time popping in for a post-dinner snack. The signature diamond-shaped egg tart ($1.90) is clearly what most people come to Tong Heng for. The tart is buttery, crisp and thinner than a typical egg tart shell - the delicate balance between firm and crumbly is commendable. The egg custard is soft like tofu, creamy in the middle, fragrant and not too sweet. I could easily pop a few of these! The baked Pork Bun ($1.90), however, is underwhelming. The flaky crust is nice, but the pork filling is too hard and sweet for my liking. Perhaps it will fare better if it is warmed up. Nonetheless, wouldn’t mind returning just for the egg tart, or the coconut egg tart that I did not manage to try as it was sold out when I went.

Had some cakes and coffee at Lola Cafe recently:) Hummingbird Cake ($5.60) is a banana cake with banana and pineapple bits, topped with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon powder. The cake is moist and fragrant, and the cream cheese frosting balances the sweetness of the banana cake. So good! Lychee Rosewater Cake ($6.50) is a rosewater vanilla sponge cake with lychee bits and butter cream. The sponge cake is soft and the butter cream is light, smooth and packed with lychee bits. The Latte ($5) is slightly acidic, but it goes well with the sweet treats. I love that there is a wide variety of desserts and beverages to choose from, and the fact that the food is good, the portion is generous and the price is reasonable. To top it off, the cafe is relatively quiet and chill as there are 2 units side by side to accommodate the weekend crowd:) What a gem!

Visited Sanity Coffee during the National Day long weekend to try out their National Day Special - Kaya Coconut Piakssant ($5). It’s actually less sweet than expected, which is great for me as I do not have a sweet tooth. The fragrant kaya spread goes really well with the generous sprinkle of coconut shavings, which gives it a nice texture. I also got myself the Sea-Salt Nutella Piakssant ($5). To be honest, I’m not a fan of chocolate but 这个我可以❤️ The sea-salt balances out the sweetness of the Nutella spread and the warm flaky pastry makes a pretty comforting snack. Completed teatime with an Ice Cafe Latte ($6) which is smooth and not too acidic👍🏻 This is how you restore your sanity over the weekends😎

Chasing away Monday Blues with an exploding salted egg yolk lava cookie, Volcano ($9.90 + $3.80 for one scoop of ice cream), from Creamery Boutique Ice Cream. The salted egg yolk lava is fragrant but not overly jelak - I like how it complements the brownie-ish cookie without overwhelming it. The black sesame ice cream is rich and smooth. Quite an enjoyable combination!

I have been a big fan of Madeleines and Financiers since I was a kid and I finally checked the financiers from Henri Charpentier off my wish list! The financiers ($2.50 per piece) are made with cultured butter from Hokkaido and aromatic Marcona and Fritz almond flour - one bite and I am sold😍 The financier is very soft, smooth and buttery on the inside. Though it melts in your mouth in an instance, the fragrance lingers on. The fluffiness is complemented by the golden brown, slightly firm and sticky texture on the outside. What an indulgent treat - would love to try their madeleines some day too!

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Starting my morning right with Sea Salt Caramel Muffin ($2) from Skinny Cakes, a local bakery that specialises in low-sugar recipes💪🏻 The muffin is soft, fluffy and moist, and the fragrance of the caramel comes through without being too sweet:)

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I finally got down to trying the lava cookie set ($8.90 + $3.80 for one scoop of ice cream) from Creamery Boutique Ice Cream:) I’m not a big fan of chocolate (yes such people exist), so I’m glad they have non-chocolate options such as red velvet cookie with cream cheese lava, which I paired with Banoffee ice cream (banana, toffee & choco mud pie). You know you are dealing with insta-worthy food when the server ask if you‘ll like to take a boomerang of her topping the cookie with ice cream😂

The warm red velvet cookie is served on a hot skillet pan and the cream cheese lava oozes out the moment the ice cream is placed on top of the cookie. For someone who is lacking in the sweet tooth department, the red velvet cookie tastes and smells soooo good! The tanginess of the cream cheese lava cuts through the sweetness of the cookie, and the warm cookie goes very well with the banoffee ice cream that is part creamy and part chewy. Love the cornflakes bits on top of the ice cream❤️ Overall, I like that this dessert is warm and comforting, not overly sweet and big enough to be shared👏🏻!

It’s so fluffy I’m gonna dieeee😍
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I have read many good reviews about the famous pancakes from Clinton St Baking Co & Restaurant, but nothing beats trying (and seeing 📷!) the Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter ($19) for myself! The pancakes are thick, fluffy and deliciously drenched in a sweet/sour blueberry sauce. The savoury maple butter cuts through the sweetness of the blueberry sauce, adding an interesting layer of flavour to an otherwise one-dimensional dish. I must say, this is one of the fluffiest pancakes I have ever tasted🥞!

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I know I’m pretty late to jump onto the cheese tart bandwagon now, but better late than never right😂? I wasn’t expecting Pablo cheese tarts to be this good! I was half-expecting the cheese tarts to be overly rich and jelat, but they turned out to be creamy yet light, and oh so fragrant and wonderful with the crust😍 There nothing to pick on for the Pablo Mini Plain ($3.90) - they are simply good! The Pablo Mini Kaya ($4.20) is a little on the sweet side, but I love the coconutty aftertaste of kaya, which matches well with the cheese filling:) Overall, Pablo turned out to be pleasant surprise and I can finally understand why people were willing to queue for these tarts (thank God I caught on this late and can enjoy my tarts at the Pablo cafe in Wisma without a queue now😬).

青蛙撞奶 (fresh milk with brown sugar pearls) was love at first sip when I first tried it during my student exchange in Taiwan 7 years ago. Ever since then, I made it a point to get it whenever I’m back in Taiwan for a holiday. Now, it’s even better because more and more bubble tea shops are adding 青蛙撞奶 to their menus in Singapore😃 The Brown Sugar Boba Milk ($4.80) from R&B Tea is not too sweet and the pearls are soft and yummy:) I think I will be more adventurous next time and order the same drink with Cheese Brûlée!

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