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Guess what Singaporeans would go crazy over? Sweet little desserts and treats to satisfy our sweet-tooth, that’s what! It does not matter whether we are talking about the launch of a new Bingsu stall or a Gelateria, you can eventually expect an exuberant response from the entire nation. However, despite the fad and the craze, we are still proud to say that local desserts remain among our top favourites.
We would also gladly take a bowl of Ice Kachang over a bowl of Bingsu at any time of the day. Just be sure to request for more Gula Melaka over our favourite bowl of rainbow shaved ice. If you are curious to find out what our other favourites are, we have already compiled a list of the many traditional desserts in Singapore that we have all come to love.
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#1 ANYTHING DURIAN
You guessed it. These thorny fruits are Singapore’s best-sellers despite their odd fragrance and flavour which only seem to attract us more. Due to its immense popularity, many dessert stalls in Singapore have incorporated durian flavours into their desserts. You will be able to find durian pancakes and durian shaved ice at local dessert houses.
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#2 BUBUR HITAM
This black sticky rice dessert may not seem very palatable to some at first glance – especially if you are a newbie to Singapore cuisine. Bubur Hitam is a popular dessert in Singapore and is derived from the Peranakans. This Nyonya dessert is made up of boiled black glutinous rice and coconut milk. Utterly delicious.
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If someone offers you a bowl of creamy cendol, you will definitely regret saying ‘no’ to it. This milky dessert comprises coconut milk, green jelly, shaved ice and palm sugar. They are popular among Southeast Asians and are often sold at hawker centres and food courts.
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#4 CHENG TNG
You can take your Cheng Tng either hot or cold, this refreshing dessert still makes a cooling treat either way. A bowl of Cheng Tng is commonly priced at S$1.70 to S$2 per bowl and is an ideal pick for those who do not fancy desserts that are too sweet.
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#5 GREEN BEAN SOUP
A common cold remedy among the elderly is a bowl of piping hot green bean soup. With rich pandan flavours and nutritious green beans, a bowl counts as ‘hot food’ and will aid your body in fighting the sweltering heat in Singapore.
#6 ICE KACHANG
This local shaved ice dessert is as mouth-watering as it looks, we could never resist the temptation of ordering a bowl right after a hearty meal at the food court. The shaved ice is coloured with syrup and usually topped with sweet corn and red bean.
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#7 KUEH TUTU
These sweet little coconut cakes are for those who enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. Kueh Tutu is made out of steamed rice flour and stuffed with sweet coconut fillings. The cakes are normally served with a piece of pandan leaf.
#8 NYONYA KUIH
Ondeh Ondeh, Kueh Lapis Sagu or Ang Ku Kuih? You are probably spoilt for choice after entering a Nyonya bakery. It is impossible for Singaporeans to not be familiar with these terms because these Peranakan treats are definitely a must-try!
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#9 SOYA BEANCURD
Singaporeans love a good Tau Huay. Commonly served with sweet, clear syrup, a bowl of this will certainly lighten up your mood and satisfy your dessert cravings.
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#10 TANG YUAN
A popular Chinese dessert, these little rice balls are the Chineses’ go-to for a sweet treat. The rice balls are usually filled with sweet peanut or sweet black sesame and are complemented with ginger-flavoured soup or syrup.