3 new dessert joints for the sweet-toothed foodies

There is no such thing as too much sugar

1. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
1. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
11 Mar 2015

1. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar

#01-25, Blk 416 Bedok North Ave 2, S460416.

Open daily except Tues. Mon, Wed & Thur noon-10pm. Fri-Sun noon-11pm. Last orders 30 min before closing. www.facebook.com/fatcatsg

Looking decidedly out of place sandwiched among neighbourhood beauty salons and sundry shops, this hipster-worthy industrial-chic dessert parlour is twentysomething siblings Charles Tan and Yingxi’s first stab at running their own business. With help from their parents, Charles, 23, a Temasek Poly Culinary and Catering Management grad, and his sister Yingxi, 25, a former video editor, pumped in almost $250,000 into their 30-seater joint. The investment appears to be paying off. Their signature charcoal-infused waffles are sold out by 6pm most weekdays (earlier on weekends), a “happy problem” for the young entrepreneurs who’re still fine-tuning their work processes to cope with demand. Charles’ brief training stint at Restaurant Andre, and with Hongkong’s chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation when he was in Singapore for an event, seems to have inspired his penchant for molecular-inspired sweets here. Charles all-natural frozen creations with kooky flavours range from the inspired (like his own interpretation of butter beer) to the bizarre (he may introduce cigar-flavoured ice cream in future).

Story by Ki'ern Tan

Pre-Dessert Teaser Special
Pre-Dessert Teaser Special
11 Mar 2015

Pre-Dessert Teaser Special


WHY IT'S FUN: To keep things fresh, the menu changes regularly. Charles’ painstakingly-assembled free pre-dessert teasers are showstoppers and vary daily depending on what’s available in the market. When we were there, we had a refreshingly zesty passion fruit sorbet served in a bell jar with swirling osmanthus smoke. Gimmicky? Sure. But so cool too.

Gourmet Charcoal Waffle with Ice Cream - MUST TRY!
Gourmet Charcoal Waffle with Ice Cream - MUST TRY!
11 Mar 2015

Gourmet Charcoal Waffle with Ice Cream - MUST TRY!

These charcoal-infused waffles may not look as pretty as their golden-brown cousins, but you won’t mind their appearance once you sink your teeth into them. The perfect combination of crispiness and fluffiness, this waffle is served with swirls of salted caramel and luscious salted egg yolk sauce. Good on its own, even better with ice cream. Get the smooth Butter Beer flavour, a rather delicious bittersweet, rich blend of butter and beer.

Price: $6 plain; plus $3.90 and up for ice cream.

Lime Lemon Mojito Sphere ($4.50 each)
Lime Lemon Mojito Sphere ($4.50 each)
11 Mar 2015

Lime Lemon Mojito Sphere ($4.50 each)

Fans of molecular gastronomy, chase down your dessert with one of these cocktails served in spherical mounds. Each gelatinous blob topped with fleur de sel and osmanthus oozes tart liquid mojito when you bite through its thin, slippery skin. Charles learned this technique from making Bo Innovation’s molecular xiao long bao. Only 20 of these gems are crafted each day.

Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake ($15)
Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake ($15)
11 Mar 2015

Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake ($15)

Raspberry sorbet, cream cheese, compressed strawberries infused with Sichuan peppers and yoghurt foam, plus a delightful surprise — a curious crackling in your mouth, courtesy of pop rocks in the cinnamon crumble. Fun and yum.

Bottom line: The gourmet, experimental ice cream desserts here are a treat for the eyes and taste buds. All in the unlikely heart of Bedok.

2. Pong Gelato
2. Pong Gelato
11 Mar 2015

2. Pong Gelato

#02-18C *Scape, 2 Orchard Link, S237978.

Open daily 12.30pm-10pm. Last orders at closing. www.facebook.com/pong.gelato

A name like ‘Pong’ may conjure up images of thorny durians, but as this month-old takeaway gelato stand’s young owner Seah Ping Long tells us, it’s really the Thai word for ‘thumb’ (as in ‘thumbs up’). The 27-year-old former F&B service staff — a first-time business owner — got the idea to sell coconut ice cream from his Thai brother-in-law. Like the popular version sold in Bangkok’s Chatuchak weekend market, Ping Long’s self-concocted dessert is also served in half a meaty Thai coconut husk topped with goodies like peanuts, adzuki bean and sweet corn. On top of coconut gelato, you can pick from three sorbet flavours: mango, passion fruit and banana, all made fresh onsite. 

WHY IT'S FUN: It’s a taste of Bangkok right here in Singapore. You’re just a paper cocktail umbrella shy of looking like a complete tourist with coconut husk in hand. 

Coconut Gelato in Husk with Sorbet ($5.50) - MUST TRY!
Coconut Gelato in Husk with Sorbet ($5.50) - MUST TRY!
11 Mar 2015

Coconut Gelato in Husk with Sorbet ($5.50) - MUST TRY!

The texture of the coconut gelato is velvety and richer than Chatuchak’s version. However, when our colleague had it on another occasion, it was a bit icy and not very fragrant even though the owner says only fresh coconut milk is used. Balance off that creaminess with the tart zing of the mango sorbet, which is incredibly aromatic and almost like a puree.  

Yakult Coconut Juice Float ($4.40)
Yakult Coconut Juice Float ($4.40)
11 Mar 2015

Yakult Coconut Juice Float ($4.40)

The addition of the milky, tangy yoghurt drink to mildly sweet coconut water makes this reminiscent of a more diluted Japanese Calpis drink.

BOTTOM LINE: Not bad, though ironically, we prefer the zesty sorbets to the coconut gelato.

3. Cocoa Colony
3. Cocoa Colony
11 Mar 2015

3. Cocoa Colony

#01-06 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd S228208.

Open daily. Mon-Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm. Last orders at closing.

This decadent chocolate fount sprouted last Christmas and is a haven for chocoholics. It’s the first of a chain of 12 outlets soon to open in Singapore. Cocoa Colony, the brainchild of two local property developers, is sort of like Starbucks for choc fiends. Oozing old-world colonial charm with brass fittings and weathered white wood boards, the chain’s first outlet here (they already have five in Shanghai) is more a grab-and-go kiosk with counter seating for four. Proper sit-down cafes are in the pipeline.

WHY IT'S FUN: While there’re staples like coffee and tea, the real stars here are all things chocolatey. An endless lava stream of warm dark, milk and white Belgian and Swiss chocolate flows out of three taps behind the glass counter. For an additional $2, you get a paper cup of molten chocolate to dip assorted pastries like brioche or brownie into. Nothing like licking chocolate off your fingers to make you feel like a kid again.

Cocoa 100 ($12.90) - MUST TRY!
Cocoa 100 ($12.90) - MUST TRY!
11 Mar 2015

Cocoa 100 ($12.90) - MUST TRY!

This intensely rich hot chocolate with a cocoa content of a whopping 100 per cent is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s so thick and robust they only serve half a cup of it. A little goes a long way, so sip slowly and enjoy. If you don’t want to bounce off walls for the rest of the day, the less intense Cocoa 76 ($7.90) with 76 per cent cocoa content is a safer option.

Brioche with Gelato ($6.80)
Brioche with Gelato ($6.80)
11 Mar 2015

Brioche with Gelato ($6.80)

An elevated version of the old-school ice cream sandwich with an indulgent scoop of creamy gelato sandwiched within a brioche bun. Order a cup of liquid chocolate for an extra two bucks. We like the dark chocolate best for its earthy, slightly bitter tones, though the full-bodied milk choc is probably more of a crowd-pleaser. Skip the too-sweet white option.

BOTTOM LINE: Caffeine addicts can have their Starbucks. Chocoholics now have their own go-to source for all things chocolatey too.   

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