Best Singapore Desserts

Everybody likes to have a sweet ending to their lunch or dinner by tucking into a mouth-watering dessert or pudding. And as far as Singaporeans are concerned, most of them have a penchant for desserts, ice-creams, and other sweet dishes. Singapore is a melting potpourri of cultures and you can taste an assortment of sweets items that the ethnic Chinese, Malayans, and South Indians have made popular since the time of their migration to Singapore.

The names of the sweet offerings and dishes are real tongue-twisters and you might have a hard time pronouncing most of them but all your worries will melt away the moment you roll your tongue over them. So the next time you’re in Singapore, extract time from your busy schedule to dig into steamed cakes, Cendol, Fritters, Grass Jelly, Tutu Kueh, and Chinese Sponge Cakes.

Bubble Tea
There’s nothing that can compare to a hot steaming cup of tea or coffee to jumpstart your morning. When you’re in Singapore, take a break from downing those routine cuppas with Bubble Tea. Join in with the locals by sipping rich, creamy tea that is ice cold from a plastic cup. Flavourings such as tapioca seeds, hazelnut milk, and blueberries are added to make it more invigorating. You can ask for bubble tea without milk. It is called ‘Bubble Tea’ because of the froth that develops when preparing the mix in a blender or cocktail mixer.

You can find tea shops serving Bubble Tea almost anywhere and everywhere in Singapore. You can drop in for a cup at Sweet Talk or Koi Cafe.

There are many versions of Cendols available in Singapore and each one characterizes the distinct flavour of the region from where it originated. So you’ve Indonesian Cendols, Malaysian Cendols and Thai Cendols. But all the variants essentially contain ice shavings topped with a generous dose of noodles garnished with pandan and thick syrup of fresh palm sugar. This melange sits on a fluid base of coconut milk (or sometimes condensed milk). Don’t shirk from the noodles but fill your mouth with them for a heavenly experience.

Cendol is available in almost all food hawker stalls but if you want to have a special treat, go to the Tekka Market in Little India.

Grass Jelly
Grass Jelly is actually a Chinese herb belonging to the Mint family of plants. It is called ‘Chin-Chow’ in Chinese which means eternal grass. The herb is boiled thoroughly to get the characteristic black, opaque and wobbly slab which is tasteless in itself. It is actually used to flavour drinks or eaten after garnishing it with shaved ice topped with sugar syrup. Grass Jelly works as an immaculate antidote after a heavy dinner or lunch and is very refreshing when the weather is very balmy in Singapore during the summer season.
You can savour Grass Jelly at Koi Cafe in 1-16 People’s Park Complex or at Gogo Beanz at 1, Bedok Road.

Durian Sweets

Durian is a fruit that is typical to Southeast Asia and is known for its pungent odour. The fruit is quite large and the fleshy part has an aroma that some find revolting and others overpowering. Singaporeans really revere this fruit and it is used for flavouring ice-creams, puddings, soufflés, and even taken in raw form. The flesh is so succulent and juicy that you can scoop it out and eat the same.

Taste durian delicacies in People’s Park Centre in Chinatown and also along a string of stalls at Geylang.

Tutu Kueh

It’s a specialty pastry that is a favourite with Singaporeans. It is made by pouring hot and steaming rice paste peppered with powdered sugar in specially made moulds. The dough is stuffed with sweetened pistachios, almonds, coconut pieces or peanuts. Best had with a cup of hot tea or coffee, Tutu Kueh is available in shops that lines Haig Road Putu Piring in the Malaysian section of Geylang.

Chinatown in Singapore

As the name clearly suggests, Chinatown is that part of Singapore which has a distinct Chinese flavor to it. In their native tongue, it is referred to as “Niu che shui” which means bull cart water because that’s how the residents of the area would carry water. It came to be known as “Chinatown” because of the concentration of Chinese immigrants in the region. It has long since been a symbol of hope. Even though it houses non-Chinese residents today, it has retained certain aspects which are unique to China alone. One only has to go to the heart of this famous enclave to be engulfed in a beautiful and colorful cultural experience.


There is a multitude of options available to diners- from cheap street food at the stalls of Smith Street to a fine dining experience at hotels. However, dining alfresco at the Chinese Food Street is something that most tourists opt for because of the charm of the place. It is equivalent to heaven for all the foodies out there. The lit-up streets and lanterns create the right kind of ambiance for family and friends to get together and enjoy their meal. Chinatown Complex and Maxwell Food Center are other viable options too. All sorts of local dishes are available here.

Chinatown Heritage Center:

There are three shop-houses situated along the Pagoda Street of this ethnic district that make up the Chinatown Heritage Center  People come here to relive the experiences of the Chinese migrants who moved to Singapore post 1819 in the hope of a better life. It reflects their past and transports you back in time. It is a beautiful cultural journey indeed and anyone who decides to take it will be able to sympathize with the migrants’ lives. Hence, it is much more than just a museum.

Religious Landmarks:

One would be surprised to find out that Chinatown is actually home to a number of religious landmarks such as the Sri Mariamman Temple and the Jammae Mosque. They both lie in the South Bridge Road. It is interesting to note that the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple- renowned for containing Buddha’s tooth- too lies in this enclave.


Everyone is compelled to awaken the shopaholic in them at Chinatown! An array of items from fine silk to jewellery to handicraft items can be bought at the Chinese emporium called Yue Hwa. The Chinatown Complex, Chinatown Point and People’s Park Complex are the most popular and noteworthy malls that there are. But, all the ”trend-setters” are advised to visit the chic boutiques in Ann Siang Road and Club Street. It will not fail to impress even the most fashionable people!

Things to do:

There are some things that you one simply cannot afford to miss when in Chinatown. Yes, of course we are talking about the excellent services offered by the spas and massage parlors in the region. The Bath Culture Foot Therapy incorporates a culmination of foot massage using traditional techniques and oriental music to relax the mind and body. Living Wellness, Qimantara and Rustic Nirvana are other forms of treatment meant to rejuvenate oneself. The Toy Factory Theater Ensemble is a theater group which preached free expression in the nation and whose performance is a must see if you want to complete your Chinatown experience!
The most ideal time to visit these Chinese quarters would be during the Chinese New Year, when the entire market-place is bustling with activity. It is at its most colorful at bright self at around that time.