It was going all purple and violet on many food Instagram accounts in Hong Kong last year, when Japanese purple sweet potato desserts were all in the rage. Trends will typically take some time to reach Singapore.
So fast forward one year later…
Hong Kong franchise Small Potatoes Ice Creamery, specialising in Japanese purple potatoes (yam) soft serve ice cream, has opened at 313@Somerset (It was previously located at Novena Square 2.)
Strange that this is known as Small Potato in Hong Kong, but Small Potatoes in Singapore.
The kiosk is at the basement next to Coffee Hive, and soft serve come in two basic flavours – Japanese purple potatoes from Kumamoto, and Japanese sea salt.
Toppings include caramel popcorn, crispy rice (that was not too crispy), green tea or soy bean warabi mochi, shiramata, azuki beans, purple yam sticks, and Japanese red bean Dorayaki pancake. Doreamon will love?
Prices are not overly friendly though. $5 for a cone, $5.50 for a small cup, stretching out to $9.50 for a Small Potato Party cup. It is SMALL all right.
Ask for a mixed flavour, and that will be $10.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
We realised our Small Potato Party Cup ($9.50) did have a few ingredients going MIA (missing-in-action), AFTER we left. No mochi, no purple potato sticks.
Went back to check with boss Faye Veronica (who is also a model and looks like Zhang Ziyi on her profile pic), she said, “It is NOT ME. Not me.” (then peered around with her eyes to see who had a guilty look). I did tell her in Mandarin 工人犯错，老板负责. Anyway, she offered a top-up for our next visit.
The good thing is the ice cream had a smooth texture, and was not overly sweet. With different textures of yam paste and the actual yam ‘colliding’ together with rich soft serve, the bite was rather enjoyable.
I actually preferred the Himalayan sea salt side.
Will this take off the same way it did in Hong Kong? I am not too sure. It is a pricey and SMALL cup.
Small Potatoes Ice Creamery
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, #B3-48, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)