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

Join The Dark Side – 15 Weird Black Dishes In Singapore That Are Actually Edible

Gone are the days when a food turns out black, it means it is chaota (burnt) and inedible.

We daresay that black is the new sexy of food. Yes, it’s oddly attractive, satisfying and somehow even appealing.

The popularity of black coloured food probably began with Squid Ink pasta and maybe Risotto. Now, Squid Ink is widely used for everything edible, even desserts! If you are looking to add some colour (yes black is a colour, and pun unintended) to your palate, why not try some of these lesser known, out-of-this-world black creations?

1. Dolcetto By Basilico

Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns


We never knew black sandwiches could look so appealing. This Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns is stuffed with generous servings of crab meat and prawns fillings which complement the warm, slightly crispy bread on the outside.

Squid Ink sandwiches should definitely be a thing!

2. Black Squid Ink Macaron with Mascarpone Cheese and Smoked Salmon 

Also, another creative and novel creation is the Black Squid Ink Macaron with Mascarpone Cheese and Smoked Salmon – MUST TRY!


Who says macarons can’t be savoury?

Sounds #craycray but this Squid Ink pasta inspired macaron is weirdly unique yet surprisingly delicious! 😛

Try it at:
Dolcetto by Basilico
Cuscaden Rd, Regent Singapore
A Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 249715

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Your first reaction towards this would probably be a disgusted “Ewww what is this? Engine oil ah?” but let us reassure you. It is food. The Japanese Black Curry tastes rather similar to normal Japanese curry and is perhaps a bit tastier and slightly saltier. Give it a try and soon you will start pouring it generously all over your rice, noodles, chicken, sushi…and probably everything served at Kiseki Japanese buffet. Yumz.

Try it at:
Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Orchard Central, #08-01/02/03
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896

4. Mini Black Charcoal Egg Custard Bun – The Pipe District

Charcoal Fish & Chips


Okay let’s be honest, we would all agree that this just looks like some badly chaota (burnt) fish and looks slightly unappetising. But let’s not judge a fish by its batter. We’re giving The Pipe District credit for its creativity and effort! 🙂

6. Charcoal Battered Onion Rings

If you are trying the Fish & Chips, why not go all black and order their Charcoal Battered Onion Rings as well?


Try it at: 
The Pipe District
Gemini, 45 Science Park Road
#01-09, Singapore 117407

7. Kurogoma Tamago Sushi – Image credit:


Savoury waffles with prawns, hell yes!

Try it at: 
Spathe Public House
8 Mohamed Sultan Rd #01-01, 238958

9. Tan Charcoal Thick Toast – Stateland Cafe

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Squid Ink Char Siew Bun


The Squid Ink taste is very subtle in this Squid Ink Char Siew Bun but there’s a slight smokey taste to the fluffy bun which complements the sweet char siew filling!

11. Multi-colored Har Gao

Also, while you’re at it, try their Multi-colored Har Gao as well.


Try it at: 
Mouth Restaurant China Square Central
22 Cross Street #01-61 China Square Central
South Bridge Court Shop House
Singapore 048421

Mouth Restaurant Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-200, Marina Square
Singapore 039594
Tel: 63377446

12. Sea Urchin & Squid Ink Pudding –

Charcoal Chicken Pie

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First, the hype about Charcoal waffles and now there’s Charcoal vanilla ice cream?! Surprisingly, the combination is rather pleasant and works well. And definitely Instagram-worthy.

Try it at: 
The Cold Pantry
131 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218409

With Charcoal, Squid Ink and Black Sesame gaining popularity in the food scene, we are definitely expecting more cafes and restaurants to join the darker side soon! 😉