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5 Local Desserts to Chill (out) With

There are so many kinds of dessert in Singapore but these are the must tries before you can say you have visited Singapore!

1. Ice Kacang

This dessert is made first by filling a bowl with a good mix of red bean, grass jelly, sweet corn and atapchee, and then topped with a mountain of shaved ice. Ice kacang is distinct because of its colours as the ice is drizzled with coloured flavoured syrup, including gula melaka (palm sugar syrup) and evaporated milk. Some variations include topping off the dessert with durian or a scoop of ice cream. You can normally find this at the dessert stalls in hawker centres and food courts for about $2-$3.

Ice kacang
Ice Kacang

2. Mango Sago Pomelo

The mango puree, diced mango, bouncy sago and juicy pomelo bits make a perfect combination. Most dessert shops in shopping malls have this item. Liang Seah Street at Bugis (nearest MRT: Bugis) has a handful of dessert shops selling Mango Sago Pomelo, along with a host of other traditional desserts. One bowl is priced between $3 to $5.

Mango Sago with Pomelo dessert
Mango Sago with Pomelo dessert

3. Chendol

A classic and favourite among the locals, Malaysians, Indonesians and Thais is Chendol! It is made up of chendol (a green jelly made from rice flour), a generous amount of red bean, coconut milk, shaved ice and topped with gula melaka (palm sugar syrup). You can get Chendol at the dessert stall at almost all hawker centres and food courts for about $2 to $3.

Chendol in a glass
Chendol in a glass

4. Ice-cream from roadside mobile stalls

Everyone loves an ice cream – at a good price! For just $1-$1.50, you can get a reasonable amount of ice cream, served in one of 3 ways. One, a slab of ice cream is served (cut from a block of ice cream) and then served in between 2 pieces of wafer. You can also choose to have the slab of ice cream wrapped in a slice of bread for an ice cream sandwich. The usual flavours to pick from are raspberry swirl, chocolate, chocolate chip, vanilla, yam and durian.

There is a third item on the menu, where about 5 to 6 small scoops of ice cream are served in a cup with a mix of flavours – chocolate, corn, vanilla and strawberry. You can also choose to have these small scoops served in a sandwich too.

These mobile ice cream stalls are mostly found along Orchard Road and manned by aunties and uncles.

ice cream stall

5. Grass Jelly

Don’t let the colour deter you from trying it! Grass jelly on its own has a tinge of bitterness, so it is often served with syrup. It is served with syrup,┬ácubed in a bowl as a dessert or in grass jelly strips as a beverage. Grass jelly can be found at almost all hawker centres. You will find that the stalls selling the grass jelly beverage also offer soya bean milk. If you are adventurous and want to try, you can ask for a mix of the two to enjoy the best of both! One cup costs between $0.70-$2.

Stall at a hawker centre selling grass jelly and soya bean milk
Stall at a hawker centre selling grass jelly and soya bean milk


Grass jelly with longan
Grass jelly with longan
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