Singapore on a Sweet Tooth
By Carmela Villegas of Casa San Luis
On a recent trip to Singapore, I was tasked to blog about my dessert finds. To be honest, i was just looking for an excuse to eat sweets. However, no one warned me about the overwhelming choices that are available in Singapore. I wanted to eat in every café, salon de thé and pastry store around me. Even if I planned to spend my vacation eating my way through Singapore, i quickly realised that my 4-day trip was not enough.
We stayed at the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel in Sentosa. Upon check-in, we were given an Ice Cream gift certificate. Free Mövenpick Ice Cream (not a bad start)! We were given Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and I had forgotten how a simple ingredient can be so powerful.
Nowadays, producers get carried away and add many ingredients such as potato chips, pretzels, etc. just to be able to make money. However, I will always go for the simple ice cream flavors because you can taste exactly what is in and that is the beauty of simplicity.
The selection and presentation of the hotel’s pastries were different from what i’ve previously experienced; The idea of displaying just one of each pastry on a slate with the description is slick and just simply allows the dessert to speak for itself. This “straight to the point” way of displaying desserts is one that I will borrow for my own future presentations. The Mojito Macaron still intrigues me until this day and I regret not trying it while I was there.
High Tea at the hotel had a limited selection of pastries but I enjoyed having those Financiers with cream topped with fresh berries and a juicy strawberry on a stick.
Bakerzin in Vivo City
I stumbled upon this café while looking for the bathroom in a shopping center. The simple sign and the tagline grabbed my attention immediately. When I glanced at the pastries I just had to eat some. Their cakes were presented like French pastries which I generally prefer over American desserts.
Luckily, my sisters and I have a different palate when it comes to cakes which means we get to try 3 different desserts every time.
The strawberry shortcake was the fluffiest and lightest cake I have ever eaten! The next cake we tried was named Sweet Pleasure, basically a “Ferrero Rocher” Cake. How can you say no to that? The last cake we tried had different layers and textures of chocolate. A Hazelnut praline crust topped with a chocolate mousse, a chocolate cake and a hazelnut mousse. For chocoholics out there this is a no fail.
Marmalade Pantry – Ion on Orchard Street
Marmalade Pantry is this café that has their cupcake display at the entrance, which helped lure me in . I opted to try 1 chocolate cake and 1 fruit(y) cake. I got their Cloud 9 which is rightly named: fluffy chiffon cake topped with a coconut icing that just melts in your mouth. The other was the Elvis a chocolate cake topped with bananas and a peanut butter icing.
Awfully Chocolate – Vivo City (and other locations)
This small dessert stall makes all forms of desserts from ice cream, to cupcakes, to fancy desserts but with one thing in common: Chocolate.
A must-try is their Super Stacked Chocolate Cake which is dessert with alternating layers of cake and fudge.
Tan’s Tu Tu Coconut Cake – Food Republic – Vivo City
I didn’t only try “contemporary” dessert places. I got to try a local cake called Kueh Tu Tu which is a steamed white rice-cake filled with grated coconut. This cake is solely made by hand and cooked in a steamer (no electric mixers or fancy ovens). They also have Peanut Filled Rice cake and this reminded me of a Chocnut (fake chocolate peanut bar from the Philippines that is terrible and delicious at the same time), but I highly recommend the coconut filled one.
I could have eaten a dozen of those little bastards.
These desserts were just a small sampling of those available in Singapore. I still have to try a few other local delicacies such as the ice cream sandwiches sold along the streets on sidewalks and the list could actually go on.
I guess this is what will always keep people going, the promise of something new or the memory of something beautifully known.