The secret is out. The super popular Smoothie House at Taipei’s Yong Kang Street 永康街思慕昔 has opened in Singapore at One Raffles Place, Paya Lebar Square and Westgate (next to modern vegetarian restaurant Greendot).
Famous of its snowflake ice desserts and fruit smoothies, there are consistent long queues at its original shop space at Taiwan. I remember queuing up about half an hour for its coveted bowl of Mango Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta.
I described their dessert then as “snow ice is very fluffy like cotton snow, smoothly disintegrating in the mouth faster than cotton candy”.
The first Singapore outlet is located at Level 3 of One Raffles Place, sometimes I would still tell the cab drivers “OUB Centre” and they know it better.
These are some of Smoothie House’s initial offerings and highlights:
Mango Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($12.90)
The signature and best-selling item. The flavoured blocks of ice that would be shaved are actually all imported directly from Taiwan, while the fruits come from various sources.
Fluffy, very fluffy. Smooth, very smooth, especially the panna cotta which was silky, clean, and light, not as rich as perhaps how the European restaurants would have done it.
My only reservation is that it could be on the sweet side, but this could be because I am generally going ‘siu dai’ since beginning of the year.
Worry not as the syrup that is drizzled on the top is created by a special blend of mango fruit and mango juice itself.
Mix Strawberry Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($15.90)
While the former is the signature, I would personally recommend the strawberry because it provides a variety of other fruits including mango and kiwis. Also a more eye-catching, colourful combination.
The base is in a pink strawberry flavour though, so there is a sourish-slant towards the end of each bite.
Yogurt-Berry Snowflake Ice ($15.90)
While a yogurt-based dessert won’t be immediately in my radar, I thought this ended up as one of my favourites as the combination was not as sweet as the former. And I could imagine many of my female friends (who like yogurt) enjoying this.
So instead of having creamy yogurt, what you get is a bowl of cotton-snow yogurt bottom with varied fruits of strawberry, blueberries and sliced bananas.
Matcha and Red Bean Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($12.90)
This green and red-bean combination resembles the bingsu that I usually order, but it is not. I would describe the texture of most bingsu like fine snow, while the Taiwanese shaved ice having more folds and layers.
The matcha imported from Japan is on the slightly bitter side, but fans of red bean should relish this.
Tiramisu & Reb Beans Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($15.90)
The most unique tasting, and needs some getting used to. I did think there is too much going on – the coffee, the crunch of cookies, plus the sweetness of red beans all together.
My recommendation is to go for the standard fruit ones first, and progress to this after some time.
Mini Ice Series
For the office workers who are thinking of eating on the go, you can try the Mini Ice Series ($6.90) which includes the above regular flavours.
I realized somehow the Yogurt-Berry didn’t melt as fast as I thought it would, and this might be an appropriate (and healthier) take-away choice.
Noticed the reddish drizzle on the top? Is that raspberry? Nope, interesting Smoothie House used Fructus Mori, otherwise known as the Sang Shen or Mulberry Fruit. The TCM view this sweet-sour fruit as a Chinese herb, one of its benefit is its memory-enhancing effect (think I better have more).
For a drink, Smoothies ($6.50 each) which are made of real fruits are available, including Mango, Strawberry, Yogurt, Coffee and Matcha Red Bean.
Smoothie House Singapore is located next to casual vegetarian restaurant Greendot which offers salads, healthy bento sets, and Asian style noodles. (I would recommend the Lion Mane Katsu Rendang Bowl – the curry was sedap.)
Smoothie House Singapore (Raffles Place)
One Raffles Place #03-25 Singapore 048616 (next to Greendot)
Tel: +65 65321025
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Paya Lebar Square
60 Paya Lebar Road #02-15/16/17, Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051
Tel: +65 6702 2221
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily, Last order 9pm
3 Gateway Dr, Westgate Mall #01-08, Singapore 608532
Tel: +65 6710 5567
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Smoothie House Singapore.