If You Like Blackball, This Dessert Shop Will Have You Questioning Your Loyalties

If you’ve been to Taiwan, you’ll know that one of the snacks the country is well-known for is its Jiu Fen Taro Balls.

Sold along the streets of bustling Jiu Fen, these coloured balls are chewy and are served alongside other ingredients such as sweet potato and green tea balls, in red bean, green bean or sweet potato soup.

A party of flavours and textures, if you’re a fan of these dessert bowls and are a strong believer that ‘the more the toppings, the better‘, you’ll love Nine Fresh‘s local spin on the Taiwanese classic.

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Nine Fresh

If this is the first time you’re hearing of Nine Fresh, you’re missing out!

Nine Fresh is a dessert stop that has been serving up quality cups of the delicious dessert for almost 5 years now.

That is, cups of grass jelly, beancurd, or ai-yu jelly (or a mixture of the three) heaped with beans (red bean, green bean, pinto bean, eight treasure bean), balls (mini taro ball, taro ball, durian ball), flavoured pearl jelly (aloe vera, mango, lychee, passionfruit), black pearls, and many more toppings.

At Nine Fresh, they’re all about keeping traditions fresh, and recently, they’ve done exactly that by rolling out 2 new series of desserts.

Nine Fresh Goes Local

The first is its Local Flavours series, which consist of dessert creations inspired by some of our favourite local desserts, including Chendol and Cheng Teng.

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The Chendol Cup ($3.80) has a grass jelly base and is topped with green chendol jelly, attap seeds, red bean, and taro balls.

With (almost) all the ingredients you’d typically find in a chendol dessert, this is a far less sweet variant of the coconut milk-heavy dessert.

The Cheng Teng Cup ($3.80) also has all the good stuff you’d find in the traditional dessert: pong tai hai, lotus nut, barley, and sago. These are served over a wobbly ai-yu jelly base. And of course, you can’t forget the taro balls!

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As durian lovers, our favourite is the Durian Yin-Yang, a half beancurd, half grass jelly base that’s topped with black sugar jelly dice, taro balls, and a generous scoop of rich durian puree – yes, actual durian flesh. The flavourful and creamy durian, combined with the array of chewy and QQ ingredients in the cup make it a winner – and all for just $3.90.

Singapore’s Favourites, According To Data

Another exciting addition to Nine Fresh’s offerings is the Fanspiration Series, a bunch of cups and flavours that are essentially customer-generated.

The best-selling flavour and ingredient combinations based on Nine Fresh’s data, gathered from its create-your-own-cup promo this year, you can’t go wrong with these flavours that are beloved by many, many Singaporeans.

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Some of these items in this series include the all-black The Black Cup ($2.90), the all-white The White Cup ($2.60), and The Yin-Yang Cup ($2.90), which is half black and half white – at least when it comes to the base.

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If you simply can’t decide between the bases (or love them all equally), the Aww In One Cup cup contains all three of them.

This cup comes piled with black pearls, taro balls, and mini taro balls on top. If you’re a first timer to Nine Fresh, we suggest you go for this so you can sample a little bit of everything and figure out which you prefer!

From there on, you can customise your own cup and create your own perfect combination of ingredients.

With so many decadent desserts out there, from rich chocolate treats to lava toasts, Nine Fresh is – literally – a refreshing change from the lot.

Priced very affordable from $2 to $3.90 for one of their pre-set cups, Nine Fresh’s desserts are a lighter option with so much to offer in the way of taste and flavour!

The next time you’re craving a refreshing dessert, make sure to pop by one of Nine Fresh’s 16 outlets – you won’t be disappointed!

Nine Fresh
Address: Find your nearest Nine Fresh Also read This Thai Bakery Is Baking Up A Storm Of Fluffy Loaves – And You Knead To Try It 

Foster The People To Perform One Night Only Concert In Singapore In January 2018

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen a slew of concert announcements, and here’s one more to add to the list – Foster The People will be landing in Singapore come January next year!

The four-piece indie pop outfit that first made waves with its infectious single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ is back with a new sound, and we’ll soon be able to experience it all LIVE.

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Foster The People will be performing here in Singapore for one night only on 30 January, 2018 at Zepp @ BigBox Singapore.

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They will be performing hits from their newest record ‘Sacred Hearts Club’, featuring the hit single ‘Doing it for the Money’. With any luck, we’ll also get to hear some of our old faves including ‘Helena Beat’ and ‘Houdini’!

Early-bird tickets are tagged at $158* (Pen A) and $138* (Pen B), and will go on sale at 9am on Oct 20.  

Standard tickets are priced at $168* (Pen A) and $148* (Pen B).

You may purchase tickets via .

Foster The People Live In Singapore
Date: 30 January 2018
Venue: Zepp @ BigBox Singapore
Admission: Early-bird tickets: PEN A – S$158* | PEN B – S$138*
Standard tickets: PEN A – S$168* | PEN B – S$148*
(*Excluding SISTIC Booking Fee)

Also read Singapore’s First Treehouse Hotel Opens In 2023, With Pandas And Otters As Neighbours

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From Snacks To Hijabs – Here Are 10 Of Our Favourite Vending Machines In Giant’s Vendmart

For those of you who think that vending machines are only for drinks, think again.

Giant has partnered with local companies in a first-of-its-kind initiative to launch VendMart, a cluster of the largest and widest range of vending machines under one roof in Singapore.

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This Giant collaboration (see what we did there?) is an effort to showcase the many unique and innovative vending machine concepts created in Singapore. Giant has also included its own “Mystery Box” vending machine among the lineup.

So let’s dive in; we’ll show you some of our favourites!

So Many Vending Machines, So Little Time

1. Giant Mystery Box

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For the low price of $10, you could walk away with an iPhone 8. Yes, we said iPhone 8. Yes, we know that this is a vending machine. No, we’re not lying.

In addition to Giant household appliances and kitchen gadgets, Giant has included one iPhone 8 in this cash-only Mystery Box vending machine from October to December 2017. Don’t say we bojio.

2. Tenacity Toys

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Stocked with toys from Funko POP!, Tomica, Dorbz, Metacolle and Rock Candy, you’ll be able to find Star Wars, Marvel and DC character products in this cashless vending machine.

Prices start from $11.90 but that’s not the only amount we’ll be spending for the blind-packaged DC character figure boxes.

3. Asian Foodbox Powered By No Signboard Seafood

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Close your eyes and imagine tze char in a vending machine. Okay, now open your eyes.

Meet the Asian Foodbox, which sells ready-to-eat hot meals such as hokkien mee and fried rice served with No Signboard Seafood‘s signature chilli crabs that have been deshelled.

Prices start from $4.50 and the machine is cashless-payment only.

4. Ninja Oden By No Signboard Seafood

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If you’re not familiar with Oden, it is a hearty winter dish that includes fishcakes, daikon, konjac, and eggs simmered in a light dashi broth. Think Lok Lok, Japanese style.

This cashless vending machine sells ready-to-eat canned oden from $4.90 so you don’t have to bring out your steamboat pot.

5. Healthy Snacks By BoxGreen

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For all the vegans and healthy snackers, BoxGreen‘s vending machine sells guilt-free, healthy snacks which range from vegan, gluten free, to under 120 calories.

Prices start from $4.90 and the machine does not accept cash because deforestation is an actual thing.

6. Shiok Pizza

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Never in my life would we expect to see a cashless Pizza vending machine. But this is a real thing now. And we’re not even sorry to be cheating on Pezzo.

Halal-certified pizzas from $16? Goodbye Pezzo.

7. Men’s Grooming Products By SGPOMADES

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This cashless vending machine looks more stylish than we do. SGPOMADES‘ cashless vending machine sells hair and grooming products for men. Like all stylish men, it accepts cashless payment only.

8. Halal Islamic-Related Products By Vibes Mastery

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This cashless, fully Halal vending machine offers essential oils, teas, snacks, hijabs, and even jubahs from $8.50! Clothes in a vending machine! Now that is a new concept.

9. Farmily By Farmily

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This first-of-its-kind vending machine dispenses gardening tools and seeds, perfect for those with a green thumb. Prices start from $12.

Please note that the seeds only accept cash.

10. Fish Food By Dajana

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With prices from $2, this cashless vending machine sells fish food for tropical fish, goldfish, bettas, and more!

From now till December 2017, VendMart will be housed at Giant Hypermarket at Tampines and IMM Jurong.

Don’t miss this limited time vending machine shopping experience!

Giant Hypermarket Tampines
Address: 21 Tampines North Drive 2 #03-01 Singapore 528765
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 8am – 12am, Fri – Sat: 8am – 2am
Contact no.: 6788 5919

Giant Hypermarket IMM
Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21 #01-100 IMM Building Singapore 609601
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am – 11pm, Fri & Sun: 8am – 11pm, Sat: 8am – 12am
Contact no.: 6564 3811

Also read You Can Jalan Jalan Down Memory Lane At This Nostalgic Festival Of Eats And Treats

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BAKE Is Warming Up The Oven Again, And They’re Serving A Zesty Twist On Their Classic Cheese Tarts

If you’re reading this, you probably love cheese tarts as much as we do.

Well, rejoice because the good folks at BAKE are launching a new flavour on 29 September.

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Introducing the new Lemon Cheese Tart With Honey ($3.90/pc or $22/6pcs).

With the tanginess of the lemon cutting through and balancing the richness of the cheese mousse, each carefully-prepared tart is then coated with honey as a finishing touch. This creates a triple layer of flavour that melds together beautifully with each bite.

Singapore will be the only country outside of Japan to sell these limited edition cheese tarts.

The new flavour will be available at all BAKE outlets for a limited time from 29 September to 13 October so hurry down and grab a box to share with your friends and family!

BAKE Cheese Tart
NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, #B2-34, Singapore 556083
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & PH: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.:
6920 3960

Address: WESTGATE, 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-04, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours:
Daily, 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 
6265 1228

Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-33, Singapore 238801 
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

Address: Tampines Mall: 4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-K7A, Singapore 529510
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

Also read Prodigal Roasters Has The Most Bizarre Cheese Tart Flavors To Complement Their Seasonal Coffee Menu

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Welcome To The Dark Side – These 13 Black Foods Will Surely Soot Your Tastebuds

Black – we love to wear it, we love it on makeup, we love to… eat it?

Black coloured foods seem to be the next big food trend and we think you’ll be seeing more of these dark, moody foods all over your Insta-feeds. From sinful desserts to devilish mains, with foods as black as our hearts, we’re not going to say no.

We’ve rounded up some of the blackest foods in Singapore, so let your inner goth come alive with these cold, black treats.

1. 黑 “Hei” Rice ($22) – Paddy Hills

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This signature dish consists of the OG black food, squid ink pasta, tossed with a generous amount of crayfish, scallops, prawns, clams, and squid. The pasta is infused with the natural taste of the sea from the squid ink, and the sauce is briny and flavourful. While squid ink pasta is not hard to find across our little island, this is one of the better squid ink pastas you can get in Singapore.

Pasta Brava
Address: 11 Craig Road, Singapore
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.45am – 2.15 pm (lunch), 6.15pm – 10.15pm (dinner); Closed on Sun & PH

4. Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns ($14) – Dolcetto by Basilico

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You may have chanced upon this all-black dessert before. Now, it’s back again in all its glory. The magic unfolds in an intricately designed medley of black sesame panna cotta, squid ink profiterole, crispy charcoal biscuit, lace tulle, black berries, with a chocolate wand. A tasty and quirky combination that works wonders!

Platform 1094
Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri: 11am – 10pm; Sat & Sun: 10am to 10pm; Closed on Mon

10. Foie Gras Macaron ($12) – Hashida Garo

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To beat the heat, come to the dark side with KokoPanda’s black frozen yoghurt, made with charcoal and roasted coconut husk.

It’s a tangy, refreshing and absolutely yummy alternative to ice cream. What’s more, it’s also a much healthier choice as it comes topped with superfoods. These include dried strawberry, apple, pear, persimmon and Jeju tangerine, as well as caviar bubbles made with real fruit juice.

A single topping with the base froyo will cost $4.90, while a froyo with 3 toppings will cost $5.90, with additional toppings priced at $0.80 each.

Address: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-60, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm

12. Homemade Black Soy Ice Cream ($4.90 for Regular, with 2 toppings) – Dofu

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This grand tower consists of fine milk shavings topped with a generous layer of black sesame and kinako powder, a heap of red beans, and a scoop of ice cream. Feast your eyes on the Black Sesame Bingsu, a slayer at Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café that for good reason, has garnered its own fan club.

Nunsongyee Korean Dessert Café
Address: 534 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188749 | #02-25 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509 | 227 Upper Thompson Road Singapore 574359 | The Midtown Singapore, 1187 Upper Serangoon Road #01-14, Singapore 534785
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily (North Bridge Road branch) | Mon – Sun: 12pm – 10pm (Century Square branch)

It seems when it comes to food, black is now the new black. With all the multi-coloured and ombre foods and drinks we’ve been seeing lately, this is definitely a refreshing and much welcomed change.

If you’re in the mood to try something new, check out these deliciously dark eats. And of course, make sure to bring a mirror with you–you don’t want to be out in public with black stuff all over your teeth!

Also read 8 Instagram-Worthy Drinks That Will Have Your Followers Spamming The Like Button

These 10 Places Serve Waffles That Are Sweet, Savoury, And Batter Than The Rest

Waffles are such a versatile food. You can have them sweet or savoury, and you can have them any time of the day.

Although they can be found everywhere, not all waffles are created equal. The perfect waffle is fragrant, light, with just the right amount of crunch. From taro waffles to Korean fried chicken waffles, here is a list of the best waffles in Singapore. Try not to salivate while reading.

For those with a sweet tooth,

1. Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe

Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe is probably one of the more underrated cafes selling waffles in Singapore. Their waffles are baked to the perfect level of crispiness, while remaining moist within, and the texture of the waffle is consistent throughout.

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The Pandan Ice Cream with Gula Melaka Sauce Whoa’ffles ($9.50) was rich with local flavours. Instead of honey or chocolate sauce, Hatter Street drizzles Gula Melaka over the waffles. The Pandan Ice Cream was a nice accompaniment, with its light pandan fragrance. The waffle was perfect for soaking up the mixture of Gula Melaka and the melted scoop of creamy ice cream.

Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe
Address: 212 Hougang Street 21,#01-333, Singapore 530212
Opening Hours: Daily, 1pm – 10pm
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The Chocolate Root Beer Float Waffle ($12) is an aesthetically pleasing dessert creation. The rectangular waffle comes with a chocolate chip cookie, and an ash grey charcoal vanilla soft serve to top it all off. The charcoal soft serve had a hint of root beer in every mouthful, which did not overwhelm the original vanilla taste.

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Because Red Velvet is so 2015, The Cold Pantry has taken their waffles to the next level by introducing Pink Velvet Waffles with Baileys Coffee Ice Cream and Sea Salt Caramel drizzle ($13.50). The rose-infused waffle and slightly bitter Baileys Coffee Ice Cream combo is a sure-win on two fronts: your stomach and your Instagram feed.

The Cold Pantry
Address: 88 Rangoon Road, #01-01, Singapore 218374
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 4pm – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 12pm – 1opm

3. Froth

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Served with one scoop of gourmet ice cream, the Taro Waffles ($15.90) has a rich taro taste, with beautiful purple hues. The waffle screams “Taro Heaven” as there was taro infused within the batter, and a generous spread of yam paste all over the buttery waffles. While the ice cream is nothing too special, the waffles more than made up for it.

Froth Cafe
Address: Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green, Level 2, Singapore 049247
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 10pm; PH: 11.30am – 5pm; Closed on Sun
Image Credit: Facebook

5. PrimaDeli

PrimaDeli serves some of the best affordable waffles in Singapore. Done in a traditional Singaporean style, the waffles are dense and soft on the inside. They’re made fresh and right before your eyes when you order, so you can munch on them while they’re nice and warm.

[caption id="attachment_27455" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Credit: Some recommended flavours are the old school Kaya Waffle ($1.70) and the cannot-go-wrong Peanut Butter Waffle ($1.80). Classic, tasty, and oh-so-nostalgic, these waffles are the perfect comfort food to take with you on the go.

Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road #B1-K09, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am – 10pm
For adventurous tastebuds,

6. Revelry

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For those of you who prefer your waffles savoury instead of sweet, Revelry is the place for you. They serve ‘Burffles’, a cross between burgers and waffles. The Revelry Signature Burffle ($18) comes with juicy beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese sandwiched between crispy waffles. The waffle quarters are crisp and light, making the dish less heavy on the stomach.

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The Waffles Royale ($17.50) is a spin on the classic all-day breakfast favourite, Eggs Royale, but with a waffle in place of the usual English muffin. The waffle has a light, fluffy texture and with its subtle flavour, pairs nicely with the runny poached eggs and creamy Hollandaise.

Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-02, Singapore 598123
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Friday: 11am – 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 10pm; Closed on Tue

7. Griddy

Imagine old school waffles but with chunks of succulent meat piled into it. That’s what Griddy specialises in – savory waffles for adventurous foodies.

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The Griddy Burger ($9.90) is generously stuffed with a juicy beef patty and black pepper mushrooms. With a relatively thin and buttery waffle, this waffle burger hybrid is a real crowd-pleaser.

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Alternatively, try the Ocean Catch ($7.90). The golden brown fish fillet is tender, with bonito flakes and mayonnaise scattered and splattered over it. Fish and Chips lovers should definitely give this a try as the Ocean Catch is a unique twist on savoury waffles.

Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-K12, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, Sun: 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11am – 10.30pm
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Am I the only one who eats pizza without the crust? For those of you who shun the pizza crusts like I do, why not try the waffle ‘pizza’ at 23 Jumpin?

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And if you want the best of both worlds? Simply opt for the half-half option of Mushroom and Hawaiian!

23 Jumpin
Address: The Commerze Building, 1 Irving Place, 01-25, Singapore 369546
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11am – 9pm; Mon: 11am – 2pm

10. Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe

Many of you may know Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe for their Red Velvet or S’mores Waffles, but how many of you have tried their newest creation–the Korean Fried Chicken Waffle?

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The chicken was nicely fried, with a crispy outer layer and tender meat on the inside. Paired with a waffle that was tossed in cinnamon, this is a dish that we daresay even the Koreans can’t re-create.

Also, the kimchi slaw that is served on the side is so rich with flavour, you’ll be wishing there was more of it!

Stateland Asian-Fusion Cafe
Address: 32 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Tue: 6pm – 10pm

No matter your personal preference when it comes to waffles, I’m sure we can all agree that waffles can bring a smile to your face any day. So, text your friends and jio them out for a waffle date if your stomachs are up for it!

Also read 9 New Desserts So Wacky, You Need To Try Them At Least Once!

West Your Case, East-siders – You’re Missing Out On These 8 Dessert Spots At Jurong

Gone are the days when Jurong was an ulu place no one would travel out to.

After undergoing a huge redevelopment, the Jurong East area now has everything you could possibly want and need–movie theatres, gyms, shops, dining options…

Once an area that lagged behind the other parts of Singapore in terms of food fads and good food offerings in general, these days, Jurong East has plenty of tasty nosh to offer–including desserts. Whether you love discovering new dessert spots, are always on the lookout for novel desserts, or just have a sweet tooth, we’ve got you West-siders covered.

Here are 8 delicious dessert spots to visit to sweeten up your day!


1. Bojio Café

Located in a non-descript corner of Westgate, Bojio Café doesn’t boast the same striking exterior as its neighbours. But as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover, because the good stuff lays within. With a diverse, Insta-worthy menu, you’ll find sweet treats like fancy Milkshakes, Lava Toasts and Shibuya Toasts on their list of offerings.

A definite must-try is the Lava Toast with Mentaiko. The slightly salty mentaiko (marinated roe of pollock and cod), typically found in sushi, is an unusual choice to go with the lava toast. And yet somehow, it works!

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The surface of the toast, covered with a generous amount of mentaiko is lightly torched to give it that charred flavour and appearance. Slice into the crispy toast and mentaiko mayonnaise comes oozing out–a sinful indulgence indeed.

The toast also comes with a single scoop of Gula Melaka ice cream, which is not cloyingly sweet. Choose from the Original toast ($15.90) and the Charcoal toast ($16.90).

With 12 different fillings/ways to have your lava toast, including Thai Milk Tea, Salted Egg, and Peanut Butter, there’s no doubt you’ll find something you like here!

Bojio Café
Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, #02-28, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm

2. Nunsaram Korean Dessert Café

While some might say bingsu was so 2016, we say given Singapore’s scorching weather, it’ll never run out of style.

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You can never go wrong with the classic Injeolmi flavour ($12.90). Dusted with a copious amount of Injeolmi (roasted soya bean powder), and topped with cashew nuts, almond flakes and Korean rice cakes, this is perfect for those of you who don’t like your desserts too sweet.

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Alternatively, get the Sweet Potato Bingsu ($14.90), a unique flavour you won’t find in most bingsu cafés. The purple doesn’t just make the dish look pretty, it also whets your appetite. With soft and chewy sweet potato cubes scattered over a bed of finely shaved ice and smooth sweet potato paste, it’s a must try for the more adventurous eaters!

Nunsaram Korean Dessert Café
Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, #04-37/K4, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm


1. Poppy Pops

Poppy Pops is a hidden JEM in Jurong (get it?). Located one level above JEM’s food court (Cookhouse by KouFu), you probably won’t know about this little spot unless you’ve passed by it on your way to the BCA/AVA Service Centre.

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Serving up pretty DIY popsicles, every ‘pop’ is made in-house, with no preservatives or artificial flavourings.

Their popsicles come in two types–Classic ($4.80) and Premium ($5.80). Whichever you pick, you get to choose a topping and coating to go with it. Any additional toppings or coatings will cost you $0.50 each.

One of the best-selling flavours at Poppy Pops is Cheesecake. Thick, luscious, and tasting just like cheesecake, it goes amazingly with a coating of white chocolate and crushed cookies. Need we say more?

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2. Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert

If you love traditional Chinese desserts, you’ll love good old Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, a place that sells a good selection of both hot and cold desserts.

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The SK Mango Pomelo Saga ($4.20) is everything mango pomelo sago should be–creamy, smooth, sweet, sour, and with plenty of texture.

The Mango Glutinous Rice Roll ($4) is stuffed to the brim with fresh mangoes, delivering a burst of flavour with every bite. The chewy rice roll is sprinkled with specks of coconut, giving it a slight crunch.

Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #B1-K1, Singapore 609690
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 1030pm
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Nutella and banana is a combination you can NEVER go wrong with. The Choco Nana Crepe ($4.30) will make you feel like a kid again, with its simple ingredients and comforting flavours.

For something more savoury, try the Ramly Crepe ($4.70). Yup, you read that right. Ramly, as in Ramly burger. The Ramly Crepe is what would happen if someone made a Ramly burger in crepe form. Surprisingly, the barbecue sauce and mayonnaise complemented the thin, crispy crepe well. The ingredients–ham, egg and cheese–were also not at all overwhelming.

If you’re planning on making a trip here, remember to bring tissues. Digging into these crepes will be a messy affair, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Ned’s Crepe
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-66, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 1.30pm – 9pm; Fri – Sun: 1.30pm – 9.30pm

2. One Ice Café

Another bingsu café on the list, One Ice Café serves the most value for money bingsu you can find in Singapore. Affordable and tasty, it’s no wonder this café is a popular haunt among students.

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For a fool-proof option, try the Oreo Bingsu. For $6.80, there’s so much Oreo in the bingsu, you’ll find yourself eating more Oreo crumbs than shaved ice–perfect for one of those days when you just need to treat yo’self.

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Another go-to flavour is the traditional Patbingsu ($6.80), which comes served with crunchy golden cornflakes. With sweet azuki red beans and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, this bingsu is the perfect way to chase your blues away.

One Ice Café
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #02-67, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm – 10pm

3. Dofu

Dofu, which sounds like ‘Dou-fu’ (Mandarin for ‘beancurd’) does not sell beancurd. Instead, it serves homemade Black Soy Ice Cream.

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This lightly sweetened vegan ice cream is made with soy beans and bamboo charcoal. Beneath the beautiful black swirl lies a layer of beancurd pudding. The silky and creamy soft serve complements the smooth pudding perfectly, making it a delight to savour slowly.

If you’re a purist and like your ice cream with ice cream and nothing else, you can also opt to have 100% ice cream.

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1. Food Lovers Only (FLO)

Established by the Manuka Group, Food Lovers Only (FLO) is a Halal certified Korean restaurant that serves Western-fusion cuisine. Here, there’s no GST or service charge–what you see on the menu is exactly what you pay.

One thing we love about this café is that it serves many interesting cake flavours.

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The Ondeh-Ondeh Cake ($6.50) is a fragrant pandan cake with layers of coconut cream and dried coconut shavings. The layers work together to achieve the distinct flavour profile of ondeh-ondeh, making it a successful love story between traditional Nonya pastries and Western cakes.

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“Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best ones make you dance.”

The West side of Singapore is a treasure trove of desserts. Among the 4 malls, there’s bound to be a place to satisfy your sugar cravings and put a smile on your face.

Whether you’re working in the neighborhood, meeting friends, or live in the West, check out these dessert spots! Who knows, one of your future go-to places just might be on this list!

Also read 7 Local Desserts So Good, They’ll Remind You Of Your Childhood Sweetheart

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This Trippy Mirror Maze Will Have You Losing Yourself In Infinite Reflections And Endless Hallways

If you love a good maze, or have been told you look at your own reflection too much, you’ll love the newest setup at the Science Centre.

Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic! Mirror Maze has to be the most visually pleasing permanent exhibition yet.

But beware–it’s super trippy.

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There’s also a whole bunch of fake exits and holograms to add to the thrill–or panic–depending on how brave you are.

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The rooms house exhibits like crazy kaleidoscopes and a lightning entrapment apparatus.

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The brains behind the maze is Adrian Fisher Design, the world’s leading creator of mazes and seven time Guinness World Record holder.

Attempting the maze could be a daunting feat for some, but if you feed off a sense of adventure, you’ll enjoy every bit of it.

The Backstory

There’s a story behind the maze too.

Professor Crackitt, an eccentric, fictional scientist has lost his pet parrot Wattnot in his vast laboratory (read: the mirror maze), and you’re supposed to help him find it.

So make sure you look out for this parrot, even as you tinkle with the whimsical experiments along the way.

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It is the Science Centre after all, so be prepared to be tossed nuggets of fun facts about light and reflection!

You’ll surely learn a lot as you go through the life-size labyrinth of mirrors.

Will you find your way through the identical looping corridors, or will you run into yourself on your way out?

Professor Crackitts Light Fantastic Mirror Maze
Address: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours: From 14 June 2017, 10.00 am
Contact no.: 6425 2500

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Beijing 101 Has Been Around For 43 Years, But What’s Their Secret To Survival? We Found Out

Male or female, young or old, we all want to look and feel good.

While some of us struggle with difficult skin, some of us struggle with something else: our hair. Whether it’s flaky scalp, oily scalp or hair loss, hair issues can be a huge source of confidence loss for both men and women.

While there are many shampoos, tonics, and serums out there that claim to help with these issues, few of them truly deliver on their promises, leaving us right back at square one: without a solution.

Enter Our ambassador, Vanessa, at Beijing 101 at Tiong Bahru Plaza, #01-129[/caption]

Beijing 101 has been in the business of hair loss solutions for a good 43 years and has won many international awards from different countries! They also have a stellar track record, with 9 in 10* of customers seeing visible hair growth and long-lasting results.

An authority in hair care, Beijing 101 employs Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in its service. Not only do they use premium-grade natural herbs like ginseng, lingzhi and dang gui to treat scalp issues, all their consultants are TCM trained!

We sent our ambassador, Vanessa, down for a scalp treatment. After all, who would say no to better, healthier hair?

Consulting With The Specialist 

The session began with a 20 minute consultation with the hair consultant, which took place in a welcoming private consultation room.

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The consultant asked her a series of questions pertaining to her lifestyle, hair- and health-related habits, before proceeding to scan and analyse her scalp. She found that Vanessa’s hair was thinning at the crown, and that some empty pores were prominent.

She suggested that this could be due to stress and a lack of sleep (#studentlife), and she recommended that Vanessa go for the Herbal Scalp Treatment, which helps to cleanse and keep the scalp clean, preventing hair follicles from getting clogged.

Treatment Begins!

Vanessa was led to a private VIP room, where she got all the privacy she wanted, to browse through the magazines provided and to enjoy her tea.

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The procedure began with the application of the Deep Cleansing Scalp Mask to her scalp, a concoction of TCM herbs. The mask was spread evenly throughout her head, and a steamer was used to help open the pores of her scalp so it could absorb all the good stuff packed within it!

The mask was left to sit for about 40 minutes, before being thoroughly washed off.

For the next part of her treatment, 2 coats of serum were applied to her scalp to balance its pH level. The serum was massaged into her scalp to, once again, aid absorption.

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There were 3 different types of massages she could choose from: one for better sleep, one for soothing tense muscles, and another for overall well-being. She picked the one for overall well-being–the signature Meridian Herbal Treatment Massage–which was very calming and relaxing!

Seeing A Visible Difference

To conclude the session, she was given a second scalp analysis, where you could actually see much fewer pores clogged with sebum. While there was–of course–no visible hair growth within that 1 session, she left with a cleaner, much healthier scalp than she came in with!
To check out her experience, watch the video below!

If you’ve been struggling with your scalp for the longest time and have tried almost everything out there in a bid to remedy it, make a trip down to Beijing 101—you won’t regret it!

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7 Oozy Choux Pastries That Will Have You Scrambling To Lick Everything Up

Is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a creamy, oozy choux pastry? No matter the shape or size, they’re a guaranteed flavour bomb!

For all you sweet tooths out there, we’ve put together a list of 7 places where you can get your hands (and lips!) on these tasty cream puffs!

1. Châteraisé Singapore

Originally from Japan, the immensely popular Châteraisé patisserie opened up in Singapore in April 2015. The outlets offer a huge variety of cakes and pastries, including their famed Double Fantasy Cream Puff ($1.90).

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Filled with Hokkaido cream and egg custard, they occasionally offer flavours like sweet potato and matcha. This palm-sized pastry is possibly the best thing you can get for under $2!

Outlets: Jurong East, Shaw House, Novena Square 2, Serangoon Nex, City Square Mall, CityLink, Chinatown Point
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm

2. Pulse Patisserie

Combining the classic French pastry with the local passion for salted egg yolk, the Salted Egg Yolk Cream Puff ($12 for a half dozen) was born. Pulse Patisserie’s bite-sized creations have a cookie crust top that gives it a crisp texture, perfectly complementing the unique sweet-savoury filling inside.

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It’ll probably get messy, but where good food is concerned, who cares! These pretty, petite golden puffs are perfect for a snack, especially when accompanied with a hot cuppa.

Pulse Patisserie 
Address: 180 Depot Road #01-06, The Interlace, Singapore 109684
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed – Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat, 9am – 7pm; Sun, 9am – 5pm

3. Angela May Food Chapters

Among other sweet treats, you’ll find a range of sweet and savoury choux pastries at Angela May Food Chapters. Not afraid to push the boundaries of pastry, the puffs here contain unconventional ingredients like cucumber, jasmine, mint, sesame, ricotta, and even prawns!

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Located right in the CBD, this is a dessert haven that carries light, artisanal pastries and bakes. Served in a chic minimalist shop, one of their most raved about creations is the Choux Crème ($4.90).

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Translating into “The Delights” in French,  choux pastries are the specialty of Les Délices. Crisp on the outside and hollow and chewy in the middle, it’s perfect for filling up with their delicious pastry creams.

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Their signature puffs come in 3 different flavours – Valrhona Guanaja Choux, Matcha Choux, Earl Grey Choux ($5.90 each). Topped with a crunchy cookie layer, it’s definitely a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds.

Les Délices
Address: 333 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 080333
Opening hours: Mon, 12.30pm – 5.30pm; Tue – Thu, 12.30pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat, 12.30pm – 10.30pm
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If any of these delicate creations grab your fancy, head down to these top spots for one (or more) delicious choux pastry to sweeten up your day!

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