The weather in Singapore is so hot, that it is always a good idea to find some ice cream & waffles cafe to chill at.

Enter Ri Ri Cha 日日茶 (not to be confused with Ri Ri Hong 日日红) at Sago Street which is focused on tea-flavoured ice cream.

If you find some of their offerings such as Nian Gao Waffles familiar, that is because it is opened by the same folks behind The Better Scoop located at Serangoon and Sembawang.

There are quite a number of new cafes in the Maxwell and Chinatown areas, such as OnlyCreamery, Rough Guys Coffee, Plus Coffee Joint, and The Food Peeps Coffee & Deli.

The recent opening of Maxwell MRT station (TE18) along the Thomson–East Coast line (TEL) would have helped drive some traffic towards this area as well.

Unlike their outlet at Serangoon featuring a clean, minimalist Scandinavian-style, Ri Ri Cha uses brick-red Terracotta tiled-design (could remind people of DOPA at Tanjong Pagar).

18 ice cream flavours (Single $5.50, Double $10) are available, with old favourites such as Pi Pa Gao, Honey Chamomile Butterfly Pea, Tie Guan Yin, Osmanthus Oolong and Chrysanthemum Goji Berries.

Outlet-exclusive flavours are more tea-focused, such as Corn Silk Tea, White Peach Oolong, Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy, Jasmine Green Milk Tea, Longan Red Dates, Tangerine Peel Pu’erh, Da Hong Pao Pineapple and Roselle Smoked Plum.

Apart from the usual waffle cone (+$1), customers can choose too pair with Mochi Skin (+$1), Sticky Red Date Cake (+$2.50) and Steamed Rice Cake 白糖糕 (+$1).

Ice cream pairing with mochi skin has been quite an “IN” thing lately, seen at Vanda Botanical Desserts (313@somerset) and Cafe USAGI Tokyo (Suntec City).

The 2 less common pairings are with Sticky Red Date Cake (+$2.50) and Steamed Rice Cake 白糖糕 (+$1), placed in bamboo dim sum baskets.

Both were served warm, with moist and chewy textures, giving it a nice contrast in temperature.

As for pairing with Steamed Rice Cake 白糖糕, I will recommend to avoid citrusy and fruity ice cream flavours as the steamed rice cake can get a little too sour.

The White Peach Oolong and Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy ice cream were my favourite, with distinctive tea aroma and notes, that was balanced well overall.

The dual coloured Matcha Butterfly Pea Soy ice cream was smooth and robust, with the tea-bitterness balanced off by the soy milk used.

Classic Waffle is priced at $6 whereas their signature Nian Gao Waffle and seasonal Ong Lai Pineapple Waffle is at $6.80.

The Nian Gao Waffles ($6.80) was as delightful as I remembered it to be, with a layer of chewy “Nian Gao” (a traditional Chinese New Year cake) made from glutinous rice flour embedded within the waffle.

Adding a chewy texture in contrast to the crispy nature of a waffle, it is similar to how we usually pan-fried our Nian Gao with eggs, except in the form of a waffle that is more airy.

Due to their location near Chinatown with more elderly in the area, RI Ri Cha also offers Old Brew Tea ($5.50) and Hot Tea ($6 – $6.50) with different heal benefits.

Think Pineapple Jinxuan Oolong, Lemon Duck Shit Oolong, Grapefruit Jasmine Green Tea, Passionfruit Jasmine Green Tea, Orange Black Tea and Lychee Black Tea.

For something interesting, there is the Pi Pa Gao Latte with Peach Gum ($7) that would just soothe your throat after all the heaty things you eat, especially after a 日日红 Ri Ri Hong Ma La Xiang Guo.

Ri Ri Cha 日日茶
24 Sago Street, Singapore 059020
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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