When it comes to dessert, we love our waffles, our bingsu and our soft serve. But when it comes to the traditional sweet treats of old, ones that see a myriad of syrups dolloped over shaved ice, a marriage of canned fruit and an assortment of jelly-like delights, few come close in comparison.
There’s just something so delightful heartwarming about a bowl of chendol or tang yuan that all the bingsu in the world will never be able to give us. It’s official, nothing can compete with local desserts. If you share a similar sentiment, here is our guide on 12 of our all-time favourite places in Singapore to get local desserts.
75 AH BALLING PEANUT SOUP
Tang Yuan—also known as Glutinous Rice Dumplings—is a Chinese dessert traditionally eaten during the Winter Solstice. Made from glutinous rice flour, these bite-sized balls encase different types of fillings such as peanut paste and sesame paste.
Situated in the popular Bedok 85 Fengshan Food Centre, Ah Balling Peanut Soup is one of the best places in Singapore for a good value-for-money bowl of homemade sweet treats. Order up a bowl of their signature Ah Balling Peanut Soup (S$2.80) which comes with 6 balls of handmade tang yuan and you will not be disappointed!
75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup
Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-25
85 Fengshan Centre
Sun to Thu: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 11.30am – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Bedok
*Multiple outlets islandwide
99 OLD TREES
99 Old Trees, known for their farm-to-table durians and durian delivery service, specialises in Cantonese-style desserts that are decadent yet, at the same time, comforting.
If you are a fan of the pungent King of Fruits, make sure to get yourself a serving of their creamy, smooth and incredibly rich signature Durian Mousse (S$5). Other options on their menu include Mango Pomelo Sago (S$4.50) and Cheng Tng (S$1.90).
99 Old Trees
Blk 46 Owen Road
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Sat: 9am – 5pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
AH CHEW DESSERTS
Serving a variety of hot and cold ‘tong sui’, Ah Chew Desserts is the go-to place if you ever find yourself hankering for something sweet, comforting and delicious.
Their range of traditional and modern Chinese-style desserts are pretty wide, but our go-to’s are always the Mango Pomelo Sago (S$4.50), Yam Sago (S$3.60) and Black Glutinous Rice with Vanilla Ice Cream (S$4.20).
181 Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6254 8198
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 12am
Sat & Sun: 12.30pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Novena
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FOUR SEASONS CHENDOL
Traditional chendol stalls are hard to find these days but Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre houses one of the most popular chendol stalls in Singapore.
Though it may seem like a very simple dessert, there is a stark difference in taste depending on the quality of ingredients used. The stall makes their green jelly from scratch and uses azuki beans rather than red beans alongside a less sweet Gula Melaka sauce.
210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh
Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market & Food Centre #01-07
Tel: +65 8720 1124
Daily: 11am – 12.30am
Nearest Station: Braddell
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JIN JIN HOT/COLD DESSERTS
Located in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Jin Jin Hot/ Cold Desserts serves a wide variety of pretty darn amazing local desserts. As its name suggests, they offer a range of both hold and cold desserts.
Chendol-lovers would be glad to know that this stall’s rendition will not disappoint. Thicker and stickier than other gula Melaka sauces, their handmade gula Melaka sauce is almost comparable to a fudge.
6 Jalan Bukit Merah
ABC Brickworks Market Food Centre #01-21
Tel: +65 9093 2018
Tue, Thu to Sun: 12.30am – 10pm
(Closed on Mondays & Wednesdays)
Nearest Station: Redhill
LEK LIM NONYA CAKE CONFECTIONERY
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery is a Halal-certified bakery that takes pride in serving a plethora of traditional Peranakan delights. It started in 1968 when they first started selling tasty homemade kuehs and the rest is history.
Savour their signature Ang Ku Kueh (S$0.55 per piece), Kueh Lapis Nonya (S$0.65 per piece) and Kueh Kao Swee (S$0.65).
Lek Lim Nonya Cake Confectionery
#01-21, Block 84
Bedok North Street 4
Tel: +65 6449 0815
Mon to Sat: 6.30am – 6pm
Sun: 6.30am – 2pm
Nearest Station: Bedok / Tanah Merah
REN REN DESSERTS
Hidden away in the basement of Siglap Centre is Ren Ren Desserts, a humble hole-in-a-wall eatery that serves up pretty darn legit Chinese desserts.
This humble dessert joint boasts an extensive array of sweet treats that are made fresh daily by the old couple that runs it. We highly recommend getting a portion of Chilled Black Rice with Vanilla Ice Cream (S$3.70)—our favourite of the lot that got us hooked on our first try—as well as their signature Chendol (S$2.90).
Ren Ren Desserts
B1-23, Siglap Centre
55 Siglap Rd
Tel: +65 9117 8228
Tue to Thu, Sat & Sun: 1.30pm – 7.30pm
(Closed on Fridays and Mondays)
Nearest Station: Kembangan
ROCHOR BEANCURD HOUSE
A brand that needs no further introduction, Rochor Beancurd House is one of the most popular places to get yourself a bowl of piping hot, traditional ‘tau huey’.
Besides their traditional signatures, treat yourself to other goodies such as Portuguese egg tarts, chilled soya milk, you tiao and tang yuan! The best part? Rochor Beancurd House has quite a number of outlets in Singapore and some of them are open 24 hours!
Rochor Beancurd House
745 Geylang Road
Tel: +65 8288 7020
Open 24 hours
Nearest Station: Paya Lebar
(*multiple locations islandwide)
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TIONG BAHRU GALICIER PASTRY
Undisputedly one of the oldest confectioneries in Singapore, Tiong Bahru Galicier Pastry sells traditional Nonya kuehs and local pastries that will give you a nostalgic throwback to your younger days, especially if you were born in the 90s.
Their range of treats includes the crowd-favourite Kueh Dadar (S$0.80 each), Ondeh Ondeh (S$3 for 5pcs) and Putu Ayu (S$3.80 for 5pcs).
55 Tiong Bahru Road #01-39
Tel: +65 6324 1686
Tue to Sun: 10am – 8.30pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru
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Proclaimed by many locals to serve the best rendition of Durian mousse in Singapore, Dessert Bowl over at Serangoon Gardens should be no stranger to anyone who loves the intense flavours of the pungent Durian fruit.
Their Durian Mousse (S$5.50) has earned them a loyal fan base who regularly patronise the stall. However, because the stall is so popular, do note that it might be quite difficult to get a seat even on a weekday night!
Dessert Bowl (一碗甜品)
80A Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6285 1278
Tue to Thu: 1pm – 10.30pm
Fri to Sun: 1pm – 12 midnight
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Serangoon
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TIONG BAHRU TAU SUAN
Hankering after a bowl of warm, comforting tau suan? For the uninitiated, tau suan is a traditional dessert soup made using split mung beans and Tiong Bahru Tau Suan serves really cheap and decent bowls.
For just S$2, you can expect a huge helping of mung beans as well as a generous portion of youtiao pieces.
30 Seng Poh Road
Tiong Bahru Market #02-55
Daily: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Nearest Station: Tiong Bahru
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NO NAME CHENG TNG
One of our personal favourite thirst quenchers to beat our sunny island’s sweltering heat, cheng tng is Singapore’s most underrated dessert that you ought to try if haven’t already.
Situated in a rather out-of-the-way location, No Name Cheng Tng’s cold desserts are so delicious that its location doesn’t deter their customers. Their classic Cheng Tng (S$1.70) comes with a chock full of ingredients, including sago balls, snow fungus, dried longan, sweet potato cubes, sliced dried persimmon and mini candied winter melon cubes.
69 Bedok South Avenue 3, #01-490
Daily: 12pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Tanah Merah