Whether it’s a trashy TV show, extra-pulpy fiction, or nutrient-free candy, write a thank-you note to your guiltiest guilty pleasure.
Singapore is a food haven. Food as in everything including desserts. I am really grateful for this as it made meals convenient and exciting too. It has always been the top posts and topic in almost every Singaporean Facebook, Instagram and whatever social media they use. This also gave rise to the number of food bloggers becoming celebrities when they are good at scouting out the best of the best food, cafes, restaurants and stalls in the island of nearly 6 million people!
Here are some examples of local desserts:
The one behind is mango pudding with pomelo and the one in front which is very colourful is called ice kachang (malay word for beans). The mango pudding is like mango puree poured onto ice shavings and then drizzled with pieces of pomelo on top. The ice kachang is a concoction of cooked red beans, grass jelly, attap chee (nipah palm fruit), colored jelly cubes, corn, all placed at the bottom of the bowl and cover it with a ball of ice shavings and then drizzle colored syrup with sago balls and soaked basil seeds and carnation milk. Isn’t that alot of stuff in a bowl of dessert? Well, they have several versions and some of them make the ice kachang look like a steep mountain and coloured the ice like a rainbow with snow (carnation milk) but the ingredients inside can also vary with aloe vera cubes or fruit cocktail added.
These high-calorie desserts will make anyone guilty when they have it but in a country where it is summer all year round… we are grateful for these guilty pleasures.
We are also famous for our simple breakfast set meal as shown below:
This set includes coffee or tea with milk, bread with local jam called kaya or french toast like the one shown in the photo, and two soft boiled eggs. This is an evergreen, all time favourite breakfast of most Singaporeans and we simply love it and no, not guilty at all… just grateful 🙂
Grateful and Guilty – DP