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Singapore flavors: 5 homemade ice cream places
We all love it, not all of us can make it. Here's the scoop on 5 joints that nail it
For a taste of Asia, we turned to these five local ice cream makers, who have taken the dessert to another level with localized flavors, quirky ices and personal customizations.
Tom's has over 70 different flavors in its recipe book, most of which are truly unique. We spotted odd combos such such as Salted Caramel Cheesecake, a salty-savory blend of caramel and cheese, and herbal-scented Rosemary Apple, mixed in with your standard chocolate, rum 'n raisin, and vanilla.
For a totally out-of-your-mind experience, try the Tabasco Vanilla, created for "customers who requested it because it would be funny to eat spicy ice cream as a forfeit for games," according to co-owner Eunice Soon.
Sadly, they only offer 16 flavors at any one time. But if you’ve got a problem deciding what to eat, just ask for tasting portions. And yes, you can try all 16 at one go.
Must try: The flavor of the month, whatever is
#01-25 Shaw Towers 100 Beach Road Singapore
tel +65 6296 5239
Monday-Thursday Noon-9.30pm, Friday-Saturday Noon-10.30pm
Despite U.d.d.e.r.s’ relative youth at 18 months, it's gathered a large following for its adult ice cream selections. Yes, you read that right, "adult" ice cream that's liberally laced with alcohol, such as Java Whiskey Choc, Rum Rum Raisin, Bailey’s & Bourbon, and Tira-miss-u (authentic italian mascarpone cheese, brandy and cognac). According to owner David Yim, two and a half scoops of their strongest adult ice cream contain as much alcohol as a can of beer!
Perfect for the boozehound with a sweet tooth.
And if you want to make your own batch of whiskey-infused popsicles, U.d.d.e.r.s hosts ice cream making workshops-cum-buffets (S$35 per person) where you’ll learn ice cream making theory before stuffing your face. Book two months in advance.
Must try: Orange Choc Bitters
155 Thomson Road, Singapore
tel +65 6254 6629
Sunday-Thursday Noon-11pm, Friday-Saturday Noon-midnight
Ice Cream Chefs
This one’s all the way to the east of Singapore, but it's worth the trip to get customized ice cream.
Here's the Ice Cream Chefs' formula: take a frozen marble slab, also known as the Chef’s Rock. Put ice cream on it. Pour preferred tidbits, chocolates, cereals, or one of the 40 mix-ins over it. Smash the living daylights out of it with two spades. Scoop and serve.
Must try: Kaya Lottee (Kaya ice cream with bread crumbs)
#01-06, 520 East Coast Road Singapore
tel +65 6446 6355
Monday-Thursday 1pm-10pm, Friday-Sunday 1pm-11pm
Seventh Heaven sticks to classic flavors with a smattering of alcohol-based offerings such as Lychee Martini (apparently a hit with the women, according to the counter folks) and waffles. Its top draw is its obscurity, tucked away and in the Marketing Institute of Singapore (inside the old Gan Eng Seng School compound), a short distance from Tanjong Pagar Railway station.
Go for the limited edition flavors, where things get more adventurous, such as Christmas (made like a fruit cake), Chili (made with Mexican Chilli), Barbecue Bacon (with savoury bacon bits), and Rose (vodka and real rose petals).
Must try: Limited edition flavors
Marketing Institute of Singapore
#01-24 10 Raeburn Park Singapore
tel +65 6227 7787
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm
Ice cream pushcarts along Orchard Road
Ok, so they're neither homemade, nor come with cool funky flavors, but the ice cream carts with brightly colored parasols and 'Walls' emblazoned all over are such a quinessential Singapore sight that we had to include them.
The ice cream may come from a local ice-cream giant that incidentally leases the pushcarts to these folk, but answer us this: Ever you tried ice-cream wrapped in multi-colored bread? The combination might sound faintly yucky, but they actually blend quite well. Somehow the bread brings out the ice-cream’s flavor. Just let some of the ice-cream soak into the bread before biting into it.
This ice cream sandwich can turn into a drippy, disconsolate mess if you’re not devouring it fast enough. But on the bright side, it’ll only set you back a dollar!