Desserts

Desserts

Featuring Sunday Folks, Lola's Cafe, The Populus Coffee & Food Co., Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner (Raffles City), Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant Singapore, Hvala (CHIJMES), Tarte by Cheryl Koh (Shaw Centre), Lady M (Orchard Central), Creamery Boutique Ice Creams, Tong Heng Confectionery (Chinatown)
Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

I may not have a sweet tooth, but I can have the Pulut Hitam Tart ($3.20 each) any time any day! The buttery tart is filled with a layer of black glutinous rice, a layer of coconut panna cotta and topped with toasted coconut flakes. The contrast in textures, coconut aroma and level of sweetness are on point - love it!

The Brownie Speculoos Cookie Butter Tart ($3.20 each) is not bad too - the chocolaty, biscuity and buttery flavours complement one another and the sweetness is balanced by a hint of sea salt. Having said that, if I have to pick one item that stole the show, it will definitely have to be the Pulut Hitam Tart🤤

We ended dinner with Tiramisu ($13), which is soft, creamy and thankfully not too sweet. The coffee and alcohol content is not too overpowering and I actually enjoyed this more than I expected.

The Signature Black Forest Cake ($16) is probably the most expensive slice of cake I have ever had! The chocolate sponge cake is very moist and soft, the cream is smooth and light and the Kirsh-soaked cherries complements the chocolate without overpowering it. I like that the flavours are balanced and this is not cloyingly, as some chocolate cakes can be. Although I enjoyed this cake thoroughly, this is probably an once-off splurge for me as I am actually not a big fan of chocolate:P Nonetheless, still a pretty impressive Black Forest!

Slickshots is a quaint little cafe that opened in the heartlands of Boon Keng recently. The menu is fairly simple, comprising mainly of ice cream, waffle and beverages.

I had the Golden Waffle ($5.50) with Ice Cream (2 scoops for $6.70). The waffle is light, fluffy and buttery. The Pistachio and Cinnamon Brown Bread ice cream are smooth, creamy and flavourful, without being overly sweet. I like that there are bits of pistachio inside the pistachio ice cream, yums!

Although the menu is not extensive, the waffle and ice cream did not disappoint and the price is pretty reasonable as well. I love that this cafe opens till 10pm daily, which makes it a great post-dinner dessert/supper option for people living in the neighbourhood like me:) Hope it does well!

For desserts, we ordered No. 18 ($10) which features Manuka honey, Hojicha sea salt ice cream and roasted buckwheat seeds on top of a delicate crepe made from wheat flour. I like that it is not too sweet, and the contrast in flavours and textures is well-executed.

The cake that stole the show for me is the Yuzu Meringue ($8). The vanilla sponge is made with Japanese Yuzu juice and curd, and the cake is covered in a layer of Italian meringue that is torched till golden brown. The cake is super tangy and refreshing, and the citrusy tones go really well with the meringue.

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Orh Nee is my all-time favourite wedding banquet dessert and the Orh Nee ($8) from Luna is a pretty neat interpretation of it. It features an airy vanilla sponge layered with a velvety yam ginkgo paste and topped with a light coconut Chantilly cream, crunchy white chocolate pearls and desiccated coconut. The texture and flavour of the different elements complement one another, and I love how the yam flavour is prominent without being too sweet.

I’m not a big fan of chocolate, but the Dark Chocolate Sundae ($14) with Buttermilk Waffle ($5) is surprisingly good. The dark chocolate ice cream is not overly sweet, and the flavours are well-balanced by the zingy passionfruit curd and raspberry coulis, which add a streak of citrusy freshness to the dessert. The crunch from the hazelnut and chocolate crumb complements the velvety texture of the dark chocolate ice cream. The buttermilk waffle is crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. A perfect treat for the weekends💁🏻‍♀️

Every time I visit Populus, the desserts keep outdoing each other! This time round, I tried the Sticky Date Pudding ($13) and it was excellent - one of the best I ever had actually. The pudding is warm, chewy and very fragrant. I like that it is not overly sweet, even though it is served with vanilla bean ice cream and dulce de leche sauce (sweetened milk sauce). The sticky date pudding is topped with cornflake crumbs for an extra crunch. I have a soft spot of warm desserts, and this will probably occupy a spot somewhere at the top of my list of favourites.

I have always been a fan of Kki Sweets for their delicate desserts and the Soufflé Cheesecake ($8.50) I had at The Providore did not disappoint. The cheesecake is light and fluffy (almost like a mousse), has just the right amount of sweetness and is infused with a tinge of orange fragrance. So good!

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The Salted Caramel Carrot Cake ($8) from Populus has everything I look for in a good slice of carrot cake - it is soft, moist, flavourful and packed with walnuts. The cream cheese frosting is not too sweet as well - perfect afternoon tea treat with a cup of coffee:)

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Thanks to the current Circuit Breaker, I finally tried all 6 yoghurt muffin flavours from Skinny Cakes, a bakery located inside Boon Keng MRT station. The muffins are $2 each (6 for $10) and come in these flavours: Sea Salt Caramel, Double Choc Chip, Chocolate Banana Walnut, Earl Grey Almond, Cranberry Walnut and Blueberry Chia Seeds. As the muffins are made with yoghurt, real fruits and brown sugar, they are not very sweet and are quite light and fluffy. A pretty delicious and wholesome tea break snack!

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