Ondeh-Ondeh desserts in Singapore
The traditional Onde-onde (Ondeh-ondeh) is an explosion of flavours and textures. Its chewy exterior is almost like a giant bubble tea “bubble” from the glutinous rice flour, while the inside contains a warm, sugary caramel liquid of gula melaka. There’s also a hint of nuttiness and freshness from the cool coconut shavings outside. Now, that is just the traditional experience. Singaporeans love for ondeh-ondeh knows no bounds, and many talented bakers have done a modern take on the local desserts, bringing a wave of ondeh-ondeh desserts!
Located along hipster Haji lane, Moosh is a Halal-certified soft-serve bar. Their ice-cream comes with innovative toppings that mesh well together and will cool you down in Singapore’s ever-increasing heat.
The Ondeh-Ondeh Soft Serve ($4.50 for regular, $6 for large) is gula melaka flavoured and has a slight saltiness to it. This perfectly balances out the sweetness of the soft serve. It is capped off with a pandan-flavoured drizzle that’s not too overpowering as well as roasted coconut shavings, which gives a bit of nuttiness.
Find out more about Moosh here!
Addresses: 44 Haji Lane, Singapore 189237
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 8pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 9pm
Antoinette never fails to deliver when it comes to their desserts. Case in point: their new Ondeh-Ondeh Kaya Toast ($6++). Served on top of house-made ciabatta is a generous layer of pandan kaya and a thick rectangle of French butter. This is all finished off with lashings of gula melaka syrup and coconut flakes. We would gladly have this sweet toast every day for breakfast!
Pair this dessert with one of their many lighter savoury bites, such as the Schiacciata (S$18++), a traditional flatbread that is stuffed with camembert and pecorino cheese, as well as a generous amount of truffle for a full brunch with your loved one.
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-28, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6293 3121
3. Fluff Bakery
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Get your hands on Fluff Bakery’s famous Ondeh-Ondeh Cupcakes Cake. These pandan cupcakes are super airy and moist, and crowning it is a smooth light buttercream that goes well with the gula melaka bits that are injected in the middle. When you are there, you might also want to take home a bag of their freshly house-made doughnuts which comes in a variety of flavours.
Address: 4 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199071
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm to 7pm, Sun 11am to 5pm
Tel: 8251 1353
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Sinpopo is famed for bringing old-school Singapore flavours to life with a modern twist, and their Ondeh-Ondeh Cake ($8++ for a slice, 48++ for six-inch cake) is a testament of ther success. I like that this cake really tastes like traditional ondeh-ondeh, as there are morsels of crushed gula melaka hidden throughout the cake, giving a burst of treacly flavour. The icing on the cake, literally, are light coconut cream and coconut flakes, adding a burst of sweet freshness. Pair your cake with their tasty Sinpopo Teh Tarik Special ($5++) for the complete tea-time treat.
Addresses: 458 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427671
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am
Tel: 6345 5034
5. Churros Factory
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Local goes “aye caramba” with Churro Factory’s Ondeh-Ondeh Churros ($3 for five churros). The traditional Spanish churro is a fried-dough pastry made mainly of butter, eggs, flour, and sugar. The creators at Churros Factory shake things up by using a pandan-flavoured dough, gula melaka sugar syrup and a sprinkle of desiccated coconut.
Addresses: 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, #B1-K9, Lot One, Singapore 689812
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
6. Makan House by Ollella
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Helmed by a pair of Indonesian sisters who use traditional kueh recipes passed down through generations, Makan House by Ollella’s desserts are not your typical local fare. Indonesian desserts tend to be less sweet and have more spices added, so dishes such as the Ondeh-Ondeh Eclair ($7) are great for those who can’t take overly sweet food. The elongated choux pastry is light with a chewy base. Inside, you’ll find aromatic pandan flavoured custard, rich gula melaka glaze, and a generous topping of coconut shavings.
Address: 454 Race Course Road, Singapore 218697
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 6pm
Tel: 9060 2118
7. Casuarina Curry
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Casuarina Curry’s Ondeh-Ondeh Prata ($4.90) is an unusual take on the traditional ondeh-ondeh. A crispy prata base forms the shell of this dessert. I like how it stays crispy despite housing loads of ingredients such as ice-cream and pandan jellies. For a stronger burst of sweetness, heap the dish with the accompanying gula melaka!
Address: 187 Macpherson Road, Singapore 348545
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 12am, Sat-Sun 8am to 12am
Tel: 6285 9001
8. Two bakers
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Two Bakers is known for their artisanal desserts such as Bao Zi ($8.50), a chrysanthemum white chocolate mousse cake. Their Ondeh Ondeh ($8.50) consists of gula melaka jelly and pandan sponge encased in coconut mousse, then covered with desiccated coconut.
Address: 88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am to 6pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 6293 0329
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