Unique tau huay that aren’t basic
I love a good bowl of tau huay. That smooth, silky goodness glides easily down my throat and makes a great fuss-free snack. Traditional tau huay is simple yet satisfying, but we can’t help falling in love with these 10 tau huay desserts that give tradition a little twist.
1. Beancurd Tart
Le Cafe Confectionary and Pastry is a Singaporean brand specialising in old-school cakes and treats. Their Beancurd Tarts ($10 for eight pieces) are available daily after 12:30pm and has the light dessert encased in a thin, buttery crust. These tarts definitely deserve the hype, and they’re so popular you’re advised to make a reservation before heading down to prevent a wasted trip!
2. Coconut Tau Huay
The innovative folks behind Xiao Ya Tou present Coconut Tau Huay ($6++). Topped with gula melaka sago, desiccated coconut crumble and pumpkin ice-cream, this explosion of flavours and textures make it easy to see why many come back for more.
Address: 6 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089592
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am to 11pm, Wed-Thur 5pm to 11pm, Fri 11am to 12am, Sat-Sun 9am to 12am
Tel: 6226 1965
Check out our full review of Xiao Ya Tou.
Fact: Black soybeans have more health benefits than the usual soybeans. Dofu uses these power beans as their main ingredient to churn out vegan-friendly desserts – black soy pudding topped with a swirl of black soy soft serve. A Regular ($4.90) gets you two toppings of your choice from their 30 options, including salted caramel sauce and yogurt pearls.
Address: 20A Yishun Central, #01-05, Yishun Temporary Bus Interchange, Singapore 768830
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8:30pm
4. Mr Bean
Aptly named Mr Bean ($23+), Jekyll & Hyde makes this cocktail with a blend of beancurd, vodka, butterscotch liqueur, kaya and frangelico. It’s shaken and strained so the result is a liquid version of tau huay spiked with alcohol, and you get a youtiao filled with kaya foam to complete the experience.
5. Caramel Ginger Beancurd
At Souper Tang, you won’t need a second stomach to enjoy their Caramel Ginger Beancurd ($3.90++). The ginger gives the dessert a mild spice kick and aids digestion while the caramel balances out the heat and brings a sweet end to your meal.
Address: 176A Orchard Road, #02-52, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238844
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6737 6772
6. Nine Fresh Signature
Previously known as ‘Beanstalk’, Nine Fresh Desserts Taiwan now has over 10 outlets in Singapore. Nine Fresh Signature ($2.50) is assembled with beancurd, grass jelly, red beans, green beans, pinto beans, taro balls and roasted or soft peanuts. Don’t be fooled by its price tag, the dessert is so legit it has reminded some of the ones in Taiwan!
7. Saltish Beancurd
If you are not a fan of sweet tau huay, Yong He Eating House has just the thing for you. Their Saltish Beancurd ($2.50) is topped with pickled vegetables, minced meat, spring onions and sesame oil. The subtle sweetness of the beancurd combined with the salty toppings give this dish an interesting balance of flavours.
Address: 458 Geylang Road, Singapore 389417
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6745 5682
8. Gula Melaka Tau Huay
Similar to the traditional version, Selegie Soya Bean’s Gula Melaka Tau Huay ($2.60) uses gula melaka syrup instead of cane sugar syrup. The fragrant gula melaka syrup gives the dish a depth that the usual syrup will never be able to attain.
9. Organic Soya Beancurd with Collagen
O’bean Organic Soya Vegetarian Place prides themselves in providing vegetarian soya-related dishes ranging from savoury to sweet. Their Organic Soya Beancurd With Collagen ($3.50+) is a healthy treat that comes with a choice of gingko nuts or red beans as a topping. Regardless of what you pick, this dessert‘s elegant presentation is enough to win us over.
Address: 30/32 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088453
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm and 4pm to 9:30pm, Sat 11am-9:30pm
Tel: 6636 4656
10. 3-in-1 Tau Huay
Folks from N&B Snacks offer a 3-in-1 Tau Huay ($3.60) that has beancurd, soya milk and peanut tangyuan all in the same bowl. This combination is a great for those who are looking for a jazzed up version of the usual dessert since you get the best of three worlds!
Address: Blk 253 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-229, Singapore 550253
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 11pm
So(now)ya know where else to get your tau huay fix
Traditional beancurd will always hold a special place in our hearts, but these versions still pay tribute to the original while doing them justice. If we missed out your favourite tau huay with a twist, let us know in the comments below!