By the team behind Awfully Chocolate, Sinpopo Brand manages to spruce up traditional kueh recipes with modern presentations.
Think Pandan Kaya Cake, Gula Melaka Cake, Pulut Hitam Cake, Dar Dar Mille Crepe and Putu Piring Cake – familiar nostalgic treats of well-loved local flavours made into cake forms.
Sinpopo Brand Restaurant is a familiar restaurant-café located at Katong known for its heritage menu with a twist.
Perhaps not many know there is a revamped “Sinpopo Grocer” at Paragon and Novena Square 2 – which offers pantry essentials from homegrown Singaporean brands; café concept “Sinpopo Coffee” at Funan; and “Sinpopo Bakes” at Takashimaya Food Hall.
Something to look forward to: there is a new range of cakes and pastries. New items include Basque Burnt Cheesecake, mouth-watering Tres Leche Cake, Sticky Date Pudding, delectable Lemon Yoghurt Cake, and soon-to-be-launched Matcha Crème Brulee Cake. (Slice cakes available in-store.)
Pandan Kaya Cake ($48 for 6”, $72 for 8”) (Must-get)
A hybrid of pandan chiffon cake and kaya toast, this handmade gluten-free cake is made of glutinous rice flour.
Inspired by the tiered dessert kueh salat, the cake is tinged with a beautiful natural blue from Blue Pea flowers, often used in Peranakan cuisine.
In between the cake layers is the luscious slow-cooked slow-stirred pandan kaya spread and fresh coconut cream.
What I really like about this cake is that you get a bit of that fluffy chiffon and creamy nostalgic kaya coming together – a blend of two favourite cakes coming together. Best to go with a cup of teh-o kosong.
Gula Melaka Cake ($38 for 6”, $62 for 8”) (Best-seller)
As the brand’s first best seller, the Gula Melaka Cake is Sinpopo Brand’s original creation.
Also portion sizes for the Gula Melaka cake slices (as well as Pandan Kaya, Putu Piring and Pulut Hitam) are approximately 50% bigger as well.
This fluffy, moist three-layered cake was invented to showcase the smoky-caramel aroma of gula melaka.
Infused in between cake layers and in the decadent fudge topping, gula melaka is one versatile ingredient that makes this dairy-free cake a crowd favourite.
Sticky Date Pudding Cake ($48 for 6″, $72 for 8″) (NEW)
We know the classic English dessert that is Sticky Date Pudding, and this is now converted into a cake.
You can almost imagine how this would be like – indulgently decadent, rich and moist.
Fresh Medjool dates are folded into the batter, complete with smoky toffee fudge coating.
Here’s a tip: put a slice in your microwave (for a couple of seconds for this) or oven to get slightly heated, and top with a big fat scoop of ice cream.
Lemon Yoghurt Cake ($72) (NEW)
The “French Grandmother’s” (Gâteaux de Mamie) Lemon Yoghurt Cake which is perfect for a tea-time treat.
The rustic cake is coated in zesty lemon-infused cream cheese frosting, topped with burnt lemon and a touch of thyme.
Tres Leches Cake ($62 for 10″) (NEW)
I don’t often come across this cake in Singapore. With its origins supposedly in Mexico, “Tres Leches” actually means “three milks” in Spanish.
What you get is a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of condensed milk, evaporated milk and cream which results in a soft, slightly wet, melt-in-the-mouth texture.
Sinpopo Brand’s version comes topped with Chantilly cream, and adorned with Himalayan pink salt, fresh blueberries and pistachios for that crunch.
Basque Burnt Cheesecake ($42 for 6”) (NEW)
The current trending cake in Singapore. Burnt yet undercooked, this 500g cheesecake is far from typical with its scorched edges and gooey centre that oozes lazily.
Made with just a few ingredients – cream cheese, eggs, sugar, cream – Sinpopo’s rendition of the Spanish-original is a mix of textural contrasts with its torched crust and light and soft center.
Dar Dar Mille Crepe ($88 for 9”) (Popular)
Get the Dar Dar Mille Crepe and bask in local flavours inspired by the popular Nyonya dessert kueh dadar (a traditional kueh of sweet coconut pancake).
Unlike kueh dadar where a pandan pancake wraps a grated coconut in gula melaka, this rendition slathers grated coconut tossed in palm sugar and fresh gula melaka cream in between thin layers of pandan crepes.
Sinpopo Brand also offers freshly-baked of pies and pastries – Roasted Apple Tart, Sticky Cinnamon Roll, Bretzel, Parmesan Cheese Croissant and Butter Chicken Pie. Just a few of the new baked goods they have rolled out on a daily basis.
Bread and Putter Pudding ($12.90 box of 2; $18.90 box of 3)
With influences from British cuisine, this Bread and Butter Pudding is simply made by baking bread in an egg custard.
What breathes life into it is the brown sugar and cinnamon combo that makes the buns moist and sweet.
Make it even more perfect a la mode with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Comes in boxes of 2 and 3.
Baked Four-Cheese Tart ($25.90 box of 4)
Baked with the cheese lover in mind, this artisanal savoury tart is made with puff pastry.
It is filled with tongue-gliding-smooth custard made from four cheeses.
Soft mascarpone, mildly sharp parmesan, smooth cream cheese, and red cheddar – all blended and baked until beautifully crusted.
Roasted Apple Tart ($25.90 box of 4)
If you enjoy your tarts with fruit fillings, you should love the Roasted Apple Tart.
Prepared with thin slices of roasted red apples meticulously nestled on a frangipane, a rich, velvety almond cream with hints of vanilla.
Together, they are baked in a flaky-light puff pastry to a rustic shade of brown.
Sticky Cinnamon Rolls ($21.90 box of 4; $31.90 box of 6)
Pair your fave brew with these soft fluffy rolls, made sticky with a glaze of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Available in boxes of 4 and 6 pieces, these baked treats are finished off with a silky cream cheese frosting. Actually makes you feel like it is Christmas now.
Singapore’s Best Brands
Sinpopo Grocer (found at Orchard Paragon and Novena Square 2) has relaunched, a concept that sets itself apart from all other grocers with its selection of “Singapore’s Best Brands”.
These curated brands are all handmade locally, and best represent Singaporean household staples of sauces, preserves, teas and chocolates – includes Glory Pineapple Tarts, Straits Preserves, Awfully Chocolate, and 1872 Clipper Tea Company.
Special mention goes to Nanyang Sauce, available in Light and Dark Brew.
This Nanyang Virgin light soya sauce is Sinpopo’s first brew, created using a secret family recipe. Made with 100% non-GMO soya beans from Canada, this soya sauce is the best amongst the different grades of sauce which can impart an excellent umami flavour to your dish.
Want more value? Get the Virgin Brew Twin Pack ($28) which comes in a wooden box of 2 100-ml bottles: 1 Virgin Brew Light Soya Sauce and 1 Virgin Brew Dark Soya Sauce.
Also get your hands on Sinpopo Brand’s Salted Egg Yolk Cookies with Curry Leaf ($18 per 130g jar).
A best seller among their cookie range, these Salted Egg Yolk Cookies capture unique Singaporean flavours with hints of curry leaf spice. As you bite into its crumbly texture, you can savour the distinct taste of salted egg yolks.
Sinpopo Brand – Red Velvet with Caramel Cream Cheese
Probably one of the most extensive collection this Christmas with a total of 17 cakes, Sinpopo Brand has also introduced five new festive creations.
These include the pretty-in-pink Red Velvet with Caramel Cream Cheese, Christmas Cherry Log Cake, Black Cocoa Devil’s Food Cake, Boozy Nutella Brownie and Sinpopo Brand Fruit Cake.
The Red Velvet with Caramel Cream Cheese is beautifully decked in alternating layers of red velvet cake and light cream cheese.
I thought that the light and fluffy red velvet sponge cake is complemented with a right balance, with salty-sweet caramel swirled in light cream cheese.
To fit the occasion, thyme and raspberries are added for that Christmas-y touch.
Do not miss out on their Christmas Classic selection. Their familiar and popular daily bakes such as Sticky Date Pudding Cake, Three-Milk Cake and Classic Black Forest, have undergone a transformation and are all “dressed up” to the Christmas theme.
My personal favourites are the best-selling Sinpopo Originals, known for their local kueh-inspired flavours such as Putu Piring and Pulut Hitam.
Peranakan-meets-Christmas desserts, because why not?
Online order: https://www.sinpopo.com (orders have to be made at least 2 days in advance)
Sinpopo Brand retail stores at 458 Joo Chiat, Funan, Orchard Paragon, Novena Square 2, and Takashimaya Basement 2 Food Hall
Have these goodies delivered to you with next day islandwide delivery by ordering online at sinpopo.com.
– Spend $135 and above and get free delivery. Otherwise, standard delivery charge is $15.
– Delivery slots are scheduled between 10am – 2pm and 2pm – 6pm daily, including PH.
– Specific timing deliveries within a specified one hour time slot will have a delivery charge of $30
– Special Hour deliveries (before 10am or after 6pm) will be at $50 per location.
Sinpopo Brand Restaurant – Katong
458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Tel: +65 6345 5034
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Sinpopo Grocer – Orchard Paragon
290 Orchard Road, Paragon, #B1-33, Singapore 238859
Tel: +65 6365 1772
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Sinpopo Grocer – Novena
10 Sinaran Drive, Novena, Square 2, #01-20, Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6256 5966
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Sinpopo Coffee – Funan
107 North Bridge Road, #01-k02, Funan Mall, Singapore 179105
Tel: +65 6970 1080
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Sinpopo Bakes – Takashimaya
391 Orchard Road Basement 2, Takashimaya Food Hall, Singapore 238873
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Sinpopo Brand.