Can Singapore get any hotter? The last I checked – it was 35 degrees on my phone. Time to pile up the desserts, cheng tng, ice kachang, chendol and ice cream! How about some chendol ice cream then?
For fans of the earthquake, you may be ecstatic to know that the 32-year old Swensen’s has just launched two localised flavours – Chendol Delight and Palm Paradise.
As part of Swensens’ Corporate Social Responsibility drive, Swensen’s now uses healthy palm sugar from Cambodian producers. According to them, this move helps contribute to the export of palm sugar, thus improving the livelihoods of and creating sustained employment for palm sugar farmers in Cambodia. Sweet move.
The Chendol Delight ($8.50) came served with bountiful scoops of chendol ice cream smothered in palm sugar syrup. It was served with a generous serving of red bean, chendol jelly and attap chee. It had a rather ‘childhood’ taste, as though you were having the dessert in an ice cream form. I liked that it did not taste artificial and in fact very true to the original chendol flavour.
The Palm Paradise ($6.90) was not as sweet and had a stronger palm sugar presence. The taste resembles that of a more muted brown sugar, with slight rounded caramel tinge. The best part was desiccated coconut lightly sprinkled on the top of whipped cream. The sundae was also topped with peaches, nata de coco and palm sugar syrup.
You can have the ice cream at the newly opened Clementi Mall or other branches. If not, buy a pint ($7.90) back to survive this hot Singapore fever.
Swensen’s The Clementi Mall, 441 Commonwealth Avenue West, #05-31/33 Tel: 6659 2151
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30 Daily