Taiwanese desserts are usually exciting and adventurous in flavours and toppings, a blend of cultures and influence from the Chinese and Japanese. Thus, you could find anything from red azuki beans, taro balls, peanuts, fruits, puddings to ice cream in a single dessert.
Signature Taiwanese desserts such as ‘bao bing’(shaved ice), ‘xian cao’ (glass jelly) and ‘aiyu’ (fig jelly) make refreshing desserts in this hot Singapore weather.
Smoothie House Singapore
One Raffles Place #03-25 Singapore 048616 (next to Greendot)
Tel: +65 65321025
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Branches at Paya Lebar Square #02-15/16/17, Westgate #01-08
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.
The Mango Snowflake Ice with Panna Cotta ($12.90) is 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.
NICEDAY Taiwanese Desserts
Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-111A (Food Street), 302 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168732 (Tiong Bahru MRT) Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
While NICEDAY Taiwanese Desserts is technically a local startup, it is done in collaboration with Taiwanese partners.
NICEDAY Desserts calls itself a specialist of icy desserts paired with traditional ingredients like grass jelly and bean curd.
One of their signatures is the Snow Mountain series, using milky snow powder, traditional grass jelly and bean curd merged with shaved ‘snow flake’ into a delicious cooling and refreshing dessert.
Blackball Singapore 黑丸嫩仙草
Branches: Punggol Waterway Point #B1-K6, Clementi CityVibe #01-19, Bedok North St 1 Blk 204 #01-393, Bugis+ #01-14, I12 Katong #02-27, Plaza Singapura #06-11/12, NEX #B1-46A, Lot One #01-05, Jurong Point #03-32/33, Harbourfront Centre #02-01/02, Tampines 1 #02-K2
Blackball 黑丸嫩仙草 is said to be Taiwan’s No.1 grass jelly desert chain, with natural ingredients flown fresh from Guanxi (that’s why more expensive lah.) Note: It is NOT owned by Zhang Yao Dong.
The top-selling BlackBall Crushed Ice comes with an abundant variety of toppings, such as golden sweet potato, pearl, red bean, yam ball, glass jelly topped with milk. Actually, it is qqqqqqquite close to what I had in Taiwan.
You know it is not quite there yet, but is still quite delicate especially the glass jelly which has a winning smooth texture yet not being overly sweet.
520 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-50, Singapore 310520
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Branches: Ang Mo Kio Central Blk 703 Ave 8, Paya Lebar Square #01-49, Seletar Mall #B1-K3, Sun Plaza #B1-35, Queenstown Blk 169 Stirling Road #01-1149, Yew Tee Point #B1-43, Jurong Point #B1-K3, Chinatown Point #B2-43
Nine Fresh was formerly known as Beans Talk, founded by Singaporean Vannessa Tan in 2012 with the objective of bringing the flavours of Jiufen to the heartlands in Singapore.
The key feature of Nine Fresh is the price, with most desserts costing between only $2 – $2.90.
One of the best sellers is a Nine Fresh Signature ($2.50) with beancurd, grass jelly, taro balls, red beans, green beans, pinto beans and peanuts.
Dazzling Café Mint
15 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 3310
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Dazzling Café Pink
277 Orchard Road #01-12 Orchardgateway Singapore 238858 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6385 3639
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Personally, the appeal of Dazzling had to be the décor, and hospitable plus cutesy Taiwanese-style service, where waitresses dressed as Japanese-style French chambermaids serve the signature thick toasts in prettiness.
They once started a Shibuya Toast crazy in Singapore, which has since died down quite a bit.
The Mango and Coconut Gelato Honey Toast ($18.90) is a flavour exclusive to Singapore at Capitol Piazza (not available at Dazzling Café Pink), which the Taiwanese waitress described as their ‘3rd generation toast’. The coconut ice cream worked wonderfully well with mangoes, though there is something very tough about their toast, ironically.
CoolPlay Soft Serve
[Updated – Moved] CoolPlay has moved from its current Toa Payoh location. Will keep you updated on its new location.
Hailing from Taiwan Kaohsiung, CoolPlay Soft Serve offers different flavours every week which can range from Heavy Chocolate, Cool Mint, Oolong Tea, Milk Tea, Matcha and Black Sesame.
Comparing with other soft serves in Singapore, the texture is more to the icy side, and not as milky. Surprising stayed in shape momentarily in our rather warm climate.
I like CoolPlay – it’s fun and different. Plus the fact that there are rotating flavours. (Note: Minimum sitting area, mainly for takeaways.)
Just FYI, YiLi PaoPao Ice 以利泡泡冰新加坡站 has ended its Singapore operations!