With the nation’s birthday just right around the corner, it’s time to soak up the festivities by taking a trip down memory lane with some good ol’ desserts inspired by our iconic local flavours. From the rose-flavoured Bandung to the childhood favourite of paddle pop, here are eight familiar tastes that have been reimagined with a modern twist.
#1 The 1872 Clipper Tea Co: Flavours of Singapore Tea Collection
If you thought it wasn’t possible to drink your favourite kaya toast, homegrown brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. is here to prove you wrong. As an ode to Singapore’s 54th birthday, the tea gurus have concocted Teh Tarik and Kaya Toast blends as part of their Flavours of Singapore Tea Collection, which have been inspired by every Singaporean’s favourite breakfast. To recreate the Kaya Toast taste, the tea encompasses flavours from fragrant pandan leaves and tropical coconuts, which are then blended with toasty Ceylon black tea and sencha to give you that rich yet mellow blend.
The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. is located at ION Orchard #B4-07, Singapore 238801.
#2 RedMart x Ice Cream & Cookie Co: Onde Onde Ice Cream, Rojak and Peach Teh ‘O’ Sorbet
In celebration of Singapore’s Bicentennial, the folks at RedMart have teamed up with local brand The Ice Cream & Cookie Co to present three locally-inspired flavours of frozen treats in a Fresh Scoops pack. Made from fresh produce available on RedMart, these unique flavours – namely Onde Onde, Rojak and Peach Teh ‘O’ – are all dairy-free and come in a ready-to-eat cup. An instant solution to beat the heat.
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#3 Gong Cha Singapore: Bandung Milk Tea with Strawberry Pearl
Following Gong Cha’s National Day creation last year, the popular bubble tea chain has revised its special offering to the Bandung Milk Tea with Strawberry Pearl, which is available from now till 9 August at all Gong Cha Singapore outlets for $3.50 per cup. The Instagram worthy rose-flavoured drink comes in two distinct layers of colours, which turn into a pretty shade of pink after shaking it up.
Find your nearest Gong Cha outlet here.
#4 Nasty Cookie: Milo & Horlicks Soft Serve
Located at the newly-opened Funan mall, local dessert shop Nasty Cookie has prepared two limited edition malty National Day soft serve flavours that will take you back to your childhood. Available from now till 11 August at Nasty Cookie Funan, the Milo and Horlicks soft serve are the ultimate indulgent treats that you won’t get enough of. Diehard Milo fans would be happy to note that the flavour comes in its own solo cone, complete with sprinklings of milo powder that resemble a Milo dinosaur.
Nasty Cookie is located at Funan Mall #02-35, Singapore 179105.
#5 Patisserie G: Bandung Eclair and Singapore-inspired Macarons
Known for their exquisite selection of desserts, Patisserie G has joined other establishments in creating their own National Day treats. Available at both their Millennia Walk and Downtown Gallery outlets, the team has created the Bandung Eclair – a tribute to Singapore’s beloved rose drink which is made with a choux pastry topped with bandung chantilly, strawberry crunchy pearls and lime jelly. Not a fan of bandung? Five new local flavours of Yam, Salted Egg Yolk, Teh Tarik, Kaya and Kopi Butter are also added to their macarons menu.
Find your nearest Patisserie G outlet here.
#6 Creamier: Chendol Float
There’s nothing like an ice-cold dessert to beat the Singapore heat. To help us with that, Creamier has come up with a sweet treat that perfectly encapsulates nostalgia with our unique Singaporean identity. The new Chendol Float is created with thick gula melaka syrup, sweetened red beans, chendol jelly, pandan-infused coconut milk, and topped off with their signature Sea Salt Gula Melaka ice cream. How shiok does that sound?
Find your nearest Creamier outlet here.
#7 Two Bakers: Nostalgia Series
What could be better than an Instagrammable collection of desserts? Created by the talented team at Two Bakers, their Nostalgia series consists of eye-catching pastries that have taken the term re-invention to a whole new level. From the modern take of the peanut pancake to the old-fashioned chocolate rice cake and ever-iconic paddle pop, these uniquely Singaporean desserts will have you reminiscing our little red dot’s yesteryears with delight.
Two Bakers is located at 88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083.
#8 The Humble Scoop: Locally-Inspired Ice Cream
With an all-year round menu that features an exciting range of local flavours, The Humble Scoop is every ice cream lover’s go-to place to enjoy a chilled, nostalgic treat. All flavours have been invented by the lady boss Yvonne and her team, who also hand-churns the ice cream. In addition to their earnest dedication in recreating these familiar flavours, they’ve also come up with adorable punny names such as Gam-Ba-Teh (Earl Grey Milk Tea), Orh-Haw (Hawthorn Berry) and Orh-Bee-Good (Pulut Hitam), which are bound to get a chuckle out of you when you place your order.
The Humble Scoop is located at Katong Shopping Centre #B1-92, Singapore 437844.