Pandan, gula melaka and coconut are popular ingredients found in traditional Singapore pastry and dessert recipes â€“ the formula of sweet treats filled with local flavours. Here are some pandan treats that everyone will enjoy.
Be it Japanese, Korean, Thai or exotic Russian food, Singaporeans have the luxury to select from an extensive range of cuisines without having to travel halfway around the globe. However, nothing beats the true taste of home.
Ice kachang, chendol, kaya toast and ondeh ondeh are traditional local favourites with one ingredient in common — pandan. Revisit Singapore’s heritage while keeping up with the trends as cafes and restaurants recreate these desserts and pastries with local flavours.
Pandan ice-cream with gula melaka sauce
When Hatter Street was introduced to the residents of Kovan, our first thought was: “Finally!” Resolving our need to hunt for hipster desserts, the Alice in the Wonderland inspired café lets us live happily ever after with its signature ’Whoa’ffles ($8.90) — pandan ice cream topped on a gula Melaka waffle and drizzled with salted caramel sauce. Indeed, it’s a treat that turns a frown around. #01-333, 212 Hougang Street 21. Tel: 6988 4591
Pandan ice cream with coconut jelly
Reminisce about your younger days as The Clifford Pier serves pandan ice cream ($9) sandwiched between pieces of rainbow bread, just like the ones sold on ice cream carts along the pavement. With additional coconut jelly, wafer roll, as well as biscuit crumbs on the side, it makes us feel like we’re kids again! The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay. Tel: 6597 5266
Kaya toast ice cream
What comes to mind when you think about an authentic Singaporean breakfast? Famed for handcrafting ice cream from scratch, Creamier takes our traditional breakfast up a notch by introducing the kaya toast ($3.50) — fragrant pandan-flavoured ice cream made from organic pandan leaves and with bits (if only there were more) of toasted bread scattered on top. It tastes much better than having kaya toasts from the freezer!
Don’t forget to fluff it up with their waffles. Did we mention? You can now find Creamier at Gillman Barracks! Gillman Barracks, 5A Lock Road Singapore 108927. Tel: 6262 1087
Ondeh Ondeh Waffle
After playing around with similar core ingredients, Butterscotch café takes on a different approach by serving pandan-infused waffles with gula melaka ice cream and coconut flakes for added texture. Like the saying goes, “Same same, but different.” #01-3625, 164 Bukit Merah Central. Tel: 6271 1164
Always loved ondeh ondeh but not a fan of the oozing mess? The Fabulous Baker Boy reconstructs this traditional Malay kueh by alternating layers of pandan-flavoured sponge cake and palm sugar crumbs, topping it off with cream cheese frosting as well as coconut flakes — replicating nostalgic flavours with every bite. 70 River Valley Road. Tel: 6694 8336
Hide & Seek
Chill out at the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café with ’Hide & Seek’ ($16.90) — chilled pandan panna cotta with injected palm sugar and vanilla gelato, as well as passionfruit and strawberry sauce that strike a great balance. You can try these local flavours before departure. #01-22 Changi Airport Terminal 3, 65 Airport Boulevard. Tel: 6241 6127
Signature Ondeh Churros
The churro fever lives on! From the classic coat of cinnamon sugar, to chocolate fillings and salted caramel dips, Churros Factory combines these variations and rolls out their signature ondeh churros — pandan-flavoured choux pastry with a sprinkle of grated coconut and gula melaka dip. What else do they have in store? Available at Westgate, I12 Katong Mall and Junction10.
Pandan Portuguese Egg Tarts
As much as we love our baked cheese tarts, it is almost impossible to forget the comforting aroma of freshly-baked Portuguese egg tarts ($1.50). Just calling to mind the flaky pastry, creamy egg custard filling and caramelised top gets our stomachs rumbling and mouths watering. What more, the pandan-flavoured ones at Madeleine’s Original Portuguese Egg Tart! 198 Tanjong Katong Road. Tel: 6247 936
Ice cream with pandan glutinous rice
Pumpkin salted yolk lava ice cream with melted salted yolk at Xi Yan Shaw. Think chendol but instead of jelly noodles, you can find a bed of pandan glutinous rice upon which your preferred choice of ice cream rests — gula melaka, pumpkin salted yolk lava or tofu. Chew slowly; you wouldn’t want to miss the part when the ice cream melts into the pockets of the glutinous rice. #03-12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. Tel: 6733 3476