Asian street foods Singaporeans are going gaga over

Are these new street food imports fab or fad?

Asian street foods Singaporeans are going gaga over
Asian street foods Singaporeans are going gaga over
25 Apr 2017

Asian street foods Singaporeans are going gaga over

The Singapore food scene has always been hugely inspired by foreign trends. Over the years, we have welcomed (and bade farewell to) numerous food imports from countries such as Thailand, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

These days, you don't have to leave the little red dot for a taste of baked cheese tarts, boat noodles, oyster mee sua (vermicelli), gyeran bbang (egg bread) and more. Lately, our city has been swept by a fresh wave of street food imports. But do they live up to their hype or will they turn out to be yet another a passing fad? Read on to find out.

Talad drink
Talad drink
25 Apr 2017

Talad drink

The layered drink concept has been around in Thailand and Taiwan for a while, but it only gained fame in Singapore recently, largely due to the widely visited Artbox hipster market held over two weekends this April. The Talad Drink & Thai Kitchen was one of the busiest stalls at the event, constantly drawing long queues. Its skyrocketing popularity has also extended to their cafe in Toa Payoh – be prepared to wait in line for an hour just to get the drinks.

Worth the hype?
Worth the hype?
25 Apr 2017

Worth the hype?

There are 15 flavours on the menu, with each bottled beverage (priced between $3.50 to $3.80) featuring a mix of different hues. The best sellers are Cha Yen (Thai iced milk tea), Strapple (strawberry with apple juice) and An Chan Kiwi (kiwi with butterfly pea tea).

Similar to traditional Thai milk tea, Cha Yen has a lingering aroma of tea, but would have been better if it was less sweet. Made from juice extracts, Strapple is a thirst-quenching concoction that hits the right balance between saccharine and sour. Butterfly pea tea is known for its colour-changing characteristics and various health benefits, so An Chan Kiwi makes a popular choice for those who want something photo-worthy but less ‘sinful’. While the photogenic Talad drinks guarantee Instagram likes and are great for cooling down in Singapore’s sweltering heat, do not expect anything out of this world taste-wise.

The Talad Drink & Thai Kitchen
190 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-520, Singapore 310190


Peanut ice cream roll
Peanut ice cream roll
25 Apr 2017

Peanut ice cream roll

It’s been a long time coming. Taiwan’s peanut ice cream roll, commonly seen in night markets, has landed on our shores. Brought to you by DessertStory, the snack, which resembles a popiah, or spring roll, is made by wrapping scoops of ice cream, peanut candy shavings and a dash of coriander in a flour crepe. To re-create the authentic flavour, DessertStory has even flown the peanut candy blocks from Taiwan.

The apparent clash of flavours may seem unappealing, but give it a chance and you will be surprised by how well the ingredients go together. The finely shaved peanut candy blends perfectly into the ice cream while the hint of coriander complements the overall taste and chewy crepe. 

Photo: DessertStory’s Facebook

Worth the hype?
Worth the hype?
25 Apr 2017

Worth the hype?

Widely publicised before the launch, the rolls sold out quickly on the first day of sales. There are two ice cream flavours available - coconut or yam. You can have either one flavour ($3.50) or both ($3.90) in a single wrap. 

Although the crepe seemed less delicate than the ones we had in Taiwan, the medley of peanut shavings and ice cream is both familiar and comforting. On one hand, we like the refreshing taste of coconut ice cream; but on the other, our sweet tooth was better satisfied by the yam flavour. For the best of both worlds, opt for the mixed flavours! The popular snack is only available until 31 May, so do act fast!

DessertStory outlets are located at Hougang Mall, Junction 8, NEX, Sun Plaza and Tiong Bahru Plaza.  

Photo: DessertStory’s Facebook

Thai milk tea soft serve
Thai milk tea soft serve
25 Apr 2017

Thai milk tea soft serve

Thai milk tea requires little introduction. When renowned tea producer Cha Tra Mue (also known as Number One Tea) dropped their new product – soft serve made from their famous tea, it became an instant hit. Overseas fans could only growl with envy as the ice cream was only available in Cha Tra Mue’s Terminal 21 and Don Mueang Airport stores in Bangkok. However, it didn’t take long for Soi 55, our homegrown brand specialising in Thai street snacks and drinks, to hop on the bandwagon.

Photo: Instagram/@vinniebeannie

Worth the hype?
Worth the hype?
25 Apr 2017

Worth the hype?

Made entirely from scratch, the Thai milk tea soft serve is only available at Soi 55’s Ang Mo Kio outlet. There are also two other flavours on the menu – coconut and twist, which is a milk tea and coconut swirl. Although we enjoyed the rich tea fragrance, the ice cream may be a little too sweet for those with a light palate. The ice cream comes in two sizes – regular ($3.90) and large ($5.90) - and is served with your choice of toppings such as red ruby, aloe vera, almond crunchies, toasted coconut flakes and rainbow sprinkles. While it does not warrant a special trip, it’s certainly worth a try if you are in the area.

Soi 55
51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-02A, Singapore 569922

Photo: Soi 55’s Facebook

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