The notorious Singapore heat has been relentless in recent days, with temperatures holding steady within the 30ºC – 35ºC range during the mornings. Luckily for us, there are a host of frozen treats available that we can sink our teeth into whenever we want a respite from the scorching heat – here are our top picks!
Soft, pillowy mochi loaded with some of our favourite ice cream flavours? Yes please! A frequent standout at events like Artbox Singapore and iLight Marina Bay’s Gastrobeats, this Bangkok-based establishment – Kanemochi – features classic flavours like Mint Chip and Korean Banana Milk ($2.30), to the premium Cookies & Cream and Thai Iced Tea ($2.60). While it’s good enough on its own, you can also choose to complete your mochi ice cream with one of their dessert sets, whether you prefer it served with Belgium waffles ($9.80) or fancy an extra dose of fondue goodness ($10.80). But our favourite combo has got to be the Waffles Fondue Set ($18.80), because why not have the best of both worlds?
Address: Kanemochi is located at Bugis+ #02-50, Singapore 188067
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
From Nunsongyee to Bing Jo Gung, there are no lack of Korean dessert houses in Singapore. But when it comes to the variety of bingsoo (shaved ice) options available, Patbingsoo Korean Dining House is hard to beat. Named after Seoul’s metro stations, innovative flavours include the Sinsa Patbingsoo ($14.90),served in half a rockmelon and accompanied with a delightful medley of red beans, nata de coco and corn flakes. But the ultimate show-stopper of a dessert has got to be the Bibim Patbingsoo ($11.90),a sweet take on the traditional dish topped with a sunny side-up cleverly replicated with a peach for the yolk and vanilla ice cream for the white. Not in the mood for some bingsoo? The eatery also offers a wide selection of savoury items such as their signature Rolling Cheese Pork Ribs ($38.90), featuring juicy pork ribs coated in grilled cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Address: Patbingsoo Korean Dining House is located at Plaza Singapura #B2-47, Singapore 238839
Move over, lava cakes. It’s time for molten lava cookies to take the centre stage, and shine under the spotlight they do. Touted as the original brainchild of the lava cookie, Bangkok-based dessert chain Creamery has finally made its way to our craze-lovin’ city. Made fresh from scratch daily, these avalanches of gooey goodness – Choc-a-lot, Monster Matcha and Red Devil ($8.90) – ooze your choice of chocolate, matcha or cream cheese lava when topped with a scoop of ice cream. But if you’re just in the mood for some ice cream, you can sink your teeth into their equally intriguing selection of flavours – think Piko Piko (a creamy tiramisu concoction of mascarpone cheese, chocolate fudge and kopiko coffee candy) and Counter Strike (a pistachio-inspired combo of caramel and chocolate fudge).
Address: Creamery is located at 130 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03, Singapore 207557
The Sng Bao Society
Oh the memories of heading over to the neighbourhood mama shop to grab these 10-cent ice lollies after school… Bringing nostalgia back in the coolest form, local startup The Sng Bao Society gives a hipster remake to our favourite retro popsicles – complete with a modern uplift and updated flavours (from $3) such as Thai milk tea, stylo milo, lychee mint and solero lime. While these frozen gems can only be found at pop-up markets and various public events for now, we heard that they’ll be stocking up at Naiise outlets soon so keep a lookout on their social media platforms for updates!
How To Order: Call 9855 8970 or e-mail [email protected]
Lab Made Singapore
In theory, liquid nitrogen and ice cream sounds like an experiment waiting to go wrong. In reality, it’s frozen delight in every mouthful – and Lab Made Singapore has the science perfected to a craft. This is how it works: instead of the commercial method of freezing ice cream, the popular Hong Kong laboratory blasts cold liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze their ice-cream mixture, resulting in a smoother and creamier texture. Plus they change up the flavours every few weeks so you’ll be in for a sweet surprise with every visit – all the better for your Instagram pics! Bestsellers include the Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel, HK French Toast, Beancurd Dessert and the highly-raved Liu Sha Bao.
Address: Lab Made Singapore is located at Westgate L2-K3, Singapore 608532
Birds Of Paradise
Artisanal gelato parlour or whimsical flower shop? Birds of Paradise looks to be a combination of both and we love it either way. Decked out in delicate blooms and filled with the aroma of fresh herbs and spices, this aptly-named piece of paradise creates botanical magic out of natural ingredients to concoct flora-infused flavours such as spiced pear, white chrysanthemum and strawberry basil ($4.70 for single scoop, $7.70 for double scoop). The 600 sqft space caters mainly for takeaways, but you can stand along the leaf-shaped counter table to savour your treat while snapping away at the pastel-perfect surrounds – ideal for that perfect Instagram shot!
Address: Birds of Paradise is located at 63 East Coast Road #01-05, Singapore 428776
If ice cream on waffles ain’t hipster enough for all you cafe-hopping fiends, check out Geometry where they serve up rich, creamy gelato on their signature French Tart ($9.90). Buttery on the outside and chewy on the inside, these handcrafted tarts come with a decadent almond filling and a towering dollop of salted caramel floss atop your choice of ice cream. Don’t expect the typical vanilla and chocolate suspects either – these guys dream up quirky flavours from the likes of Lovepotion Sorbet (white peach, lychee, strawberry and raspberry) and Sunset Kiss (mango and strawberry). What’s perfect for Instagram: the Bing Bong (yes, it’s a homage to the fluffy pink elephant in Pixar’s Inside Out) reminiscent of the ‘paddle pop’ ice cream of our childhood.
Address: Geometry is located at 2 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-5142, Singapore 150002
This story is an adaptation of “Ice Ice Baby”, originally published in Teenage June 2017 Issue 342, out on newsstands now.
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