And rest assured, Singaporeans have a sweet tooth, or more accurately, a composite sweet jaw made with teeth from all over East and Southeast Asia. You'll find Hong Kong egg custard tarts, Malay shaved ice, tropical fruit fritters, and Indonesian sugar syrups...to say nothing of the steamed and baked cakes, fresh fruit, and silken tofu that command long queues at hawker centers well into the night.
This list isn't anywhere close to comprehensive, and is as much constrained by my tastes as the random items I came across. But I think it shows just how varied the world of Singaporean dessert can be, from candy-sweet but refreshing ices to subtle baked treats. Got any that I missed? Have a particular hawker that makes your favorite sweet? Sound off in the comments.
- Fresh Bean Curd
- Durian Sweets
- Grass Jelly
- Ondeh Ondeh
- Ais Kacang
- Fresh Fruit
- Moon Cakes and Friends
- Chinese Sponge Cakes
- "Stubborn Cake"
- Tutu Kueh
- "Layer Cake"
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