Best oozy treats in Singapore

Check out these delicious molten foods that are overflowing with goodness

Photos: Jung Hyerin
Photos: Jung Hyerin
10 May 2016

Photos: Jung Hyerin

From savoury to sweet, molten foods have been incorporated into menus of different cuisines. There is something euphoric about the oozing sensation of food melting or bursting in our mouths, not forgetting how photogenic these goodies look. Modern chefs have also reinvented classic molten dishes that have transformed into major food trends across the globe.

Let it flow, let it flow…
 

Salted egg croissant from Antoinette
Salted egg croissant from Antoinette
10 May 2016

Salted egg croissant from Antoinette

Closest competitor: Da Paolo Gastronomia’s salted egg croissant

Competition is stiff for this one. Inspired by popular dim sum item liu sha bao (salted egg yolk custard bun), salted egg croissant first became a big hit at Hong Kong’s Urban Bakery, before it gained prominence in Southeast Asia, including Singapore. Among the local restaurants serving this coveted pastry, Antoinette’s version comes out on top for its crispy, buttery crust and smooth, flowing custard. The patisserie’s salted egg croissant is so well-received that it has induced the birth of new flavours such as Charcoal Kaya, Chilli Crab and Quatre Fromages (four cheese).

Click here for a list of Antoinette outlets.

Photo: Antoinette's Facebook
 

Liu sha bao from Swee Choon
Liu sha bao from Swee Choon
10 May 2016

Liu sha bao from Swee Choon

Closest competitor Liu sha bao from Victor’s Kitchen

Before the salted egg trend began, liu sha bao has been a favourite among dim sum lovers for years. After a tiring day at work, the soft and fluffy bun housing savoury fluid custard is truly a godsend. Just be careful when you bite into a freshly steamed bun – the custard bursting in your mouth might scald the tongue. Besides its signature dishes, another attraction of Swee Choon is its operating hours. Opened daily (except Tue) from 6pm to 6am, this is your perfect supper spot after a late-night movie or shopping spree at Mustafa.

Swee Choon Tim-Sum Restaurant 
185/187/189/191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882

Photo: Swee Choon's Facebook
 

Cheese tarts from Bake
Cheese tarts from Bake
10 May 2016

Cheese tarts from Bake

Closest competitor: Molten lava cheese tart from Prima Deli

The latest food fad in Singapore that poses a threat to the salted egg frenzy would have to be cheese tarts. Hailing from Hokkaido, Bake Cheese Tart at ION Orchard is the brand’s fifth store outside Japan. The tart base is flown in from Japan biweekly and is twice-baked with cheese mousse (made from three different types of cream cheese: Hakodate, Betsukai and French) at the Singapore store. This gives each tart a multidimensional relish – a creamy filling, which is sweet and salty at the same time, wrapped with a buttery cookie tart base. An alternative way to enjoy the tart is to keep it in the freezer and eat it like an ice cream.

Turned off by the hours-long queue? Wait for the craze to die down or fly to Bangkok (where there is reportedly no queue).

Bake Cheese Tart Singapore
2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, #B4-33, Singapore 238801

Photo: Bake Cheese Tart
 

Charcoal salted egg lava toast from The Bakery Chef
Charcoal salted egg lava toast from The Bakery Chef
10 May 2016

Charcoal salted egg lava toast from The Bakery Chef

Closest competitor: Peanut butter lava toast from Dazzling Cafe

Rainbow cakes and waffles are not the only desserts that The Bakery Chef is good at. Served from 12pm onwards, its lava toast is so popular that it gets sold out by 4pm every day. To order, first select your preferred toast (charcoal, matcha honey or honey-glazed brioche), then choose the filling (Nutella, salted egg york custard or matcha) and finally, pick an ice cream (chocolate, vanilla or green tea) to top it off. We recommend a group visit so that you can try different combinations and share the calories.

The Bakery Chef
Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3711, Singapore 150161


Oven baked molten eggs from Brawn & Brains
Oven baked molten eggs from Brawn & Brains
10 May 2016

Oven baked molten eggs from Brawn & Brains

Closest competitor: Gashouse Eggs from One Man Coffee

While the cafe culture in Singapore has expanded rapidly in recent times, the quality of food in these set-ups are not always up to par. Brawn & Brains is one of the few cafes that excels in both coffee and chow. Its oven baked molten eggs consists of two slow-cooked eggs with tortilla as base and cheese melted atop. The immaculate dish is accompanied by sliced avocados, fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes. For those with a bigger appetite, you can add on smoked salmon or bacon. As the cafe is usually packed on weekends, we recommend visiting it during weekday afternoons for an even more satisfying experience.

Brawn & Brains
100 Guillemard Road, #01-02, Singapore 399718


Chocolate Avalanche from Non Entrée Dessert Cafe
Chocolate Avalanche from Non Entrée Dessert Cafe
10 May 2016

Chocolate Avalanche from Non Entrée Dessert Cafe

Closest competitor: Pistachio lava cake from FYR Cycene Ond Drinc and Matcha lava cake from To-gather cafe

We live in an era where food not only has to taste good, but also has to be good-looking enough for social media. At Non Entrée Dessert Cafe, its Chocolate Avalanche is worth every second of your Snapchat or Instagram video. To eat the dessert, you need to cut the lava cake (sitting atop almond nougatine) to allow the warm Valrhona chocolate to pour on soft chocolate soil and orange-infused vanilla ice cream. The contrast between different components gives the dessert an extraordinary flavour. This is one creative item that is both visually enticing and gastronomically rewarding.

Non Entrée Dessert Café
204 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218451

Photo: Non Entrée Dessert Cafe's Facebook

Ondeh ondeh from HarriAnns Delights
Ondeh ondeh from HarriAnns Delights
10 May 2016

Ondeh ondeh from HarriAnns Delights

Closest competitor: Ondeh ondeh from Cambridge Deli

Famous for their traditional Nyonya kueh, HarriAnns’ branch at Bugis Junction is a convenient stop for afternoon tea or takeaways. Uniform in size and thickness, each ondeh ondeh offers a consistent taste. Made from sweet potato, the dough is smooth and chewy while the gula melaka is sealed within each ball of goodness. A layer of shredded coconut completes the package. Apart from the original flavour, HarriAnns has also given a twist to its best-seller – yam-filled and molten chocolate ondeh ondeh.

HarriAnns
230 Victoria Street, #01-01A, Bugis Junction Towers, Singapore 188024

Photos: HarriAnns' Facebook
 

Cupcakes with fillings from Fluff Bakery
Cupcakes with fillings from Fluff Bakery
10 May 2016

Cupcakes with fillings from Fluff Bakery

Closest competitor: Cupcakes from Creme Maison Bakery

Founded by PR executive-turned-baker Nursyazanna Syaira, Fluff Bakery prides itself as a Halal artisanal bakery and has gained a strong customer base since its opening in 2013. Each cupcake is cored and filled before frosting, providing an added dimension to the dessert. The menu changes every week and updates are posted on their Instagram. To date, the shop has launched more than a hundred flavours of cupcakes.

Fans of Milo would love the Triple Milo (Milo cake with Milo custard filling, Milo mascarpone frosting and Milo powder topping). If you still have stomach space, try the Nutella S’mores (chocolate cake with Nutella filling and torched meringue frosting) which is equally delectable.
Fluff Bakery is currently having a pop-up stall at Scotts Square until June 5.

Fluff Bakery
4 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199071
 

Donuts from Punch
Donuts from Punch
10 May 2016

Donuts from Punch

Closest competitor: Beignets from Boufe

These bite-sized donuts pack a punch (we couldn’t help the pun). You get to choose from three flavours: Nutella, Jam and Custard. Fried to golden-brown perfection, each donut boasts a crispy outer layer but remains fluffy inside. The filling is liberally piped into each donut which explains the ooze. Established by the people behind The Plain and Ronin, you can expect nothing but a charming ambience and a powerful cup of joe here. Take a seat at the coffee bar and watch the skillful baristas work their magic.

Punch
32 North Canal Road Singapore 059288

 

Grilled cheese sandwich from Park Bench Deli
Grilled cheese sandwich from Park Bench Deli
10 May 2016

Grilled cheese sandwich from Park Bench Deli

Closest competitor: Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich from OverEasy

Imagine sinking your teeth into this cheesy, gooey sarnie…

Park Bench Deli proclaims it makes “bold sandwiches with swagger” and we aren’t doubting it. The bread is toasted to perfection, the outer layer is coated with crispy bits and the cheese is overflowing with richness. Paired with tomato soup dip, this sandwich is probably all you need to turn a bad day around.

Park Bench Deli
179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627

Photo: Park Bench Deli's Facebook
 

Signature 8-flavoured xiao long bao from Paradise Dynasty
Signature 8-flavoured xiao long bao from Paradise Dynasty
10 May 2016

Signature 8-flavoured xiao long bao from Paradise Dynasty

A run for money: Steamed assorted flavours xiao long bao from Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Singapore is a city of many firsts. And that includes Paradise Dynasty’s Signature 8-flavoured xiao long bao. In a basket of eight steamed dumplings, you get to sample these flavours: original, ginseng, foie gras, black truffle, crab roe, cheese, garlic and Szechuan. While the texture of all the xiao long bao is similar, the highlight comes from the different soup flavours oozing out of each dumpling.

Click here for a list of Paradise Dynasty outlets.

Eggs benedict from Choupinette
Eggs benedict from Choupinette
10 May 2016

Eggs benedict from Choupinette

Closest competitor: Riders Cafe

Highly raved for their egg dishes, Choupinette is a tiny space nestled along Bukit Timah Road. Choupinette’s eggs benedict is composed of two beautifully poached eggs that are dressed in rich and flavourful Hollandaise sauce. The soft and runny eggs sit atop toasted bread and meticulously sliced ham. There is almost nothing to fault about Choupinette’s interpretation of this classic brunch item.

Choupinette
607 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269708


Photo: Choupinette's Facebook

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