Salted egg yolk-everything, over-the-top shakes and baked cheese tarts may be kings in food trends – but trendy confections like rainbow-everything, galaxy donuts and unicorn tears also have their moment in the spotlight. And as far as the die-hard foodies are concerned, it’s the hippest novelty that takes the cake. But are these seemingly gimmicky fads really worth the fuss and the bucks?
#1 Rainbow Bingsu @ 1460 Tteokboki
Address: 8 Grange Road, Cineleisure #01-02, Singapore 239695
Operating hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6737 8879
Step aside salted egg yolk, ’cause rainbow’s the new black. A new takeaway joint located at the heart of Orchard Road, 1460 Tteokbokki whips up all your favourite street snacks from kimchi land, including spicy rice cakes, potato tornado, fried squid and more. While these all can be easily found at your next door Korean restaurant, a dish we guarantee you won’t be able to order anywhere else (for now) is their specialty Rainbow Bingsu ($6) – imagine digging into a bowl of icy goodness painted in a kaleidoscope of unicorn-esque shades, then topped with marshmallows and fruity pebbles for the final cherry on top.
#2 纯粹。喝 @ 7-Eleven
Location: Selected 7-Eleven outlets island-wide
There isn’t any Pokemon Go in Singapore yet, but it looks like we’re already practising our hunting skills on another novelty that just landed in town: Chun Cui He (纯粹。喝), the popular Taiwanese beverage brand that had throngs of curious locals flocking to the most ulu of 7-Elevens to snap up these babies. Only two out of 10 flavours are available here for now – milk tea and latte ($2.80 each) – but we’ve gotten word that they’ll be bringing in more variety in the upcoming months so watch out for that. We’ll be real with ya: we had to visit several outlets before finally getting our hands on the last few bottles. Our verdict? So ready for round two.
#3 Light Bulb Bubble Tea @ Bubbs
Location: 1 Irving Place, The Commerze #01-06, Singapore 369546
Operating hours: 11am – 6.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 2pm (Sat)
Contact number: 8254 2526
Why drink bubble tea in a plain ol’ cup when you can have it in a legitimate light bulb? Enter Bubbs, the new cool kid in town that serves an enticing array of bubble tea beverages in light-bulb shaped bottles ($3). Flavours stick to the usual suspects of Milk Tea, Green Tea and Oolong Tea, but there’s also the option of Thai Milk Tea which most patrons make a beeline for. As gimmicky as it sounds, you can’t really go wrong with bubble tea and these guys certainly deserve extra brownie points for the creative packaging. Seriously, how cute would it be to sip pearls through a straw within a light globe? And don’t worry ’bout getting electrocuted; it’s entirely safe to consume.
#4 Galaxy Donuts @ The Lab SG
Location: 1 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199069
Operation hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sat), 1pm – 9.30pm (Sun)
Contact number: 6299 5681
Talk about an out-of-this-world creation! These mesmerising sweets are the latest inventions to come out of The Lab, the experimental cafe behind the quirky confections making its rounds on Instagram, such as the ondeh ondeh cake with neon drip paint, rainbow waffles, and over-the-top milkshakes, just to name a few. Now, they’ve recreated their own version of galaxy donuts ($3 per piece) that we see all over Melbourne. Baked over five hours, marbled to perfection and dusted with edible glitter, these cosmic treats are surprisingly chewy (not cakey, which is a plus) and crumble delightfully in your mouth. You’ll have one problem though: it’s too pretty to eat!
#5 Pink Soy Latte @ Afterglow
Location: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Operating hours: 12pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Sat)
Contact number: 6224 8921
Yeah, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. It’s a cup of pink soy latte ($6) you’re looking at right now – a more wholesome alternative to the caffeinated blends we chug on a daily basis, this special blend of cold-pressed beetroot and ginger juice is mixed with organic soya milk that has been steamed with cinnamon powder. Looks amazing, tastes even better. Admittedly, this isn’t a drink for everyone, but you’ll love it if you’re a health junkie and wish to get the bulk of nutrients all packaged nicely into one cuppa.
#6 Unicorn Tears @ Dapper Coffee
Location: 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
Operation hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon to Fri)
Contact number: 9005 4790
Unicorn juice made from tears of joy? We’re not sure what kind of witchcraft goes into this glittery potion, but legend has it that the Unicorn Tears ($10 per bottle) is produced from Dapper Coffee’s very own pure-breed unicorn. It’s basically blue lemonade in a fancy bottle, but makes for a refreshing quencher in our scorching weather. And that’s just one of the many eccentric concoctions dreamed up by the folks of Dapper Coffee – another best-seller is their signature Gold Brew, which is formulated with swirls of gold dust that originate from the laughter of children and the dreams of kittens (yes, it’s a thing).
P.S: No animals/mythical creatures/humans were harmed in the making of these beverages, we promise!
#7 Rubber Ducky Pudding @ Non Entrée Desserts
Location: 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
Operating hours: 2pm – 10pm (Tues to Thurs), 2pm – 11pm (Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun)
Contact number: 9878 6543
You might’ve heard of Non Entree Desserts for its famous Chocolate Avalanche, but we’re spotlighting its other underrated sibling instead – an edible rubber ducky ($12.90). Disguised as an unassuming rubber ducky in a foam bath, it’s actually a tangy dessert made of pineapple and passion fruit sorbet poured over a bed of sago pearls, mango puree, and lemongrass foam. We feel bad nomming up this little guy, but hey, can’t blame us when it’s so good!
#8 Nitrogen Ice Cream @ 320 Below
Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, One KM #01-K1, Singapore 437157
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact number: 6702 2717
It may appear as any regular ice-cream at first glance, but this tub of awesomeness is actually made with liquid nitrogen formula. Found at the first nitro cream cafe in Singapore, 320 Below prepares fresh batches of ice cream, yoghurt and sorbet right in front of you so you can Snapchat the glorious process. Check it out in action above! The result is a deliciously creamy consistency, free of artificial flavourings and preservatives, and low in sugar – which means you can now indulge in as many scoops as you want without feeling the guilt. Popular flavours include Thai Coconut ($5.80), Apple Cinnamon ($4.90), and Nutella ($4.90).
Main image credit: h.rebel/Instagram
Fancy a hipster twist on local cuisine instead? Check out our feature on fusion retro treats in the Tuckshop section of the August issue, out on newsstands now!