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Take A Time Out At The Naughty Corner

Pei Xia Ang

Quirkily named after childrens’ punishment area, The Naughty Corner is a place for both young and old to take a break and cool off with some gelato.

The Naughty Corner is located in the neighborhood area of Hougang, and their flavors cater to both the young and the young at heart.

naughty corner gelato flavors

Flavours

From sweet to sour, salty to bitter, they have you covered. Some of the crowd favourites include Cocoa (a mixture of bittersweet), Root Beer Float (a creamy delight for the kids), Tim Tam Slam (a nostalgic blast to the past), and Limetta Cheesecake (a mixture of sweet and sour).

naughty corner sizes

For my double scoop gelato, I went with the popular Mango Sorbet and Strawberry fusion, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors complemented each other. Each scoop of mango felt like a bite off the juicy tropical fruit. In contrast, the strawberry was more mellow in flavor. The berry taste was not too artificially overbearing, and it reminded me of the strawberry ice creams I had during my childhood.

 naughty corner fresh mango

Other Offerings

In addition to gelato, The Naughty Corner recently launched the Stuffed Bubblewrap.  Almost like egglets, the ones here are stuffed with flavors like Chocolate, Reese’s Peanut Butter, and Sea Salt Caramel.

For someone too fickle to choose, I went for all 3 flavors. This means that each individual egglet is randomly filled with either of the 3 flavors. From the salty caramel to the sweet chocolate, each bite carried a fresh surprise.

naughty corner many offerings

In Conclusion

Sweet or sour, naughty or nice, there is always something for you at The Naughty Corner. The gelato are made in-house, and the flavors change on a rotational basis. This is where one can experience surprises at every corner!

 

The Naughty Corner
685 Hougang Street 61
#01-160
Singapore 530685
Tel: 9862 3635

 

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6 Ice Creams Around The World And Where To Find Them In SG

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The presence of social media and internet has allowed people to explore the world without actually having to physically travel and globalization has brought many wonderful things, to our shores.

We probably know most of these or have even seen these ice creams, be it on social media, in the countries they originated from or even in Singapore, but how many of us actually know it’s origin or story behind these creation?

America – Baked Alaska

ice creams from american baked alaska

This old-fashioned dessert, which originated from New York City’s Delmonico’s restaurant, is said to have been created to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867. However, some sources attribute the invention of Baked Alaska to Count von Rumford, an 18th-century physicist and pioneer of thermodynamics.

Described as a “dessert food consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue”, some restaurants further heighten the drama by dousing it with liqueur and setting it ablaze at the table. Now the question on everyone’s mind: Why doesn’t it melt? How does the ice cream inside stay frozen for five minutes in the oven? The answer is meringue. The meringue around the ice cream is full of tiny air bubbles, providing insulation for the ice cream. Hence heat transfer is slow as it conducts heat poorly and the ice cream stay protected underneath all the meringue. In reality, there is a lot more to food than just art and that is science. This is a fine example of that.

Find it in Singapore:

Shashlik 

545 Orchard Road
#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre
Singapore 238882

Czech Republic – Doughnut Ice Cream Cones

ice creams from czech doughut ice cream cones

Though they have been dubbed “doughnut ice cream cones”, they aren’t actually doughnuts. Traditionally cinnamon-flavoured pastries from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, trdelník has been around for years and is usually made by wrapping around rods. The pastry is then roasted above an open fire till it turns golden brown. In recent years, however, it has been popularised by Good Food Coffee and Bakery in Prague and they have taken it to the next level by using trdelník as ice cream cones.

These “chimney cakes” are then filled with chocolate or nutella on the inside, followed by ice cream and then topped with toppings of your choice, usually fruits, caramel or nutella. Whatever it is that you pick, you can’t really go wrong. For nutella and ice cream lovers, this is a match made in heaven.

Find it in Singapore:

Chimney SG Scape*

2 Orchard Link, #02-02

Singapore 237978

Japan – Taiyaki

ice creams from japan taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish-shape cake with red bean filling made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings includes custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. A classic street vendor snack in Japan, Taiyaki is very popular at street fairs and festivals in Japan.

Tai means “sea bream” and yaki means “grilled/baked”. Hence, Taiyaki literally translates to “baked sea bream”. The original taiyaki iron mold was round and the mold was for making Imagawayaki, a Japanese pancake which is the same as Taiyaki but with a circular shape. Back in Meiji-era (1868 – 1912), Tai was considered a very expensive fish and only eaten for special occasions. The circular shape mold was then changed to the sea bream shape mold, and Taiyaki was born.

So that is how Taiyaki came about and when the ice cream was added, it became a hit. Since Taiyaki is made using regular pancake or waffle batter, you could say that Taiyaki ice cream is a twist on the traditional waffles and ice cream.

Find it in Singapore:

Chateraise Singapore (Chateraise Taiyaki Ice Cream)

They have many outlets in Singapore. Check out their PAGE for all their outlets!

Thailand – Coconut Ice Cream

ice creams from thailand coconut ice cream

Those who travel to Thailand often will be familiar with this ice cream. This coconut ice cream, or ice cream ga ti as the locals call it, is both sweet and refreshing, perfect for the heat in Thailand. The locals often add corn, peanuts and sticky rice, amongst many other toppings, to complement the ice cream. Served in coconut shells, you also get chunks of coconut meat to go with the ice cream. Coconut meat is rich in fiber and promotes thyroid health. Not only that, coconuts are also one of the best foods for your skin due to their hydrating properties and their ability to restore elasticity and boost collagen.

Thai people started to make ice cream from coconut milk as dairy products were not readily available in the past. Even though dairy products are available in Thailand now, the ice cream is often made solely from coconut milk or from a combination of dairy milk and coconut milk. If you have never tried them before, this is a must try if you ever go to Thailand.

Find it in Singapore:

Pong Gelato *SCAPE

2 Orchard Link #02-18C

Singapore 237978

Germany – Spaghettieis

ice creams from germany spaghettieis

Spaghettieis is a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti. Vanilla ice cream is put through a Spätzle press or potato ricer, to imitate the long strands of spaghetti. Strawberry sauce is then poured over the dish to mimic tomato sauce. Finally, this is topped with either coconut flakes, grated almonds, or white chocolate shavings to represent the parmesan cheese. Besides the usual strawberry sauce, one may also find variations like ice cream with dark chocolate ice cream and nuts, mimicking Spaghetti Carbonara instead of Spaghetti Bolognese.

Created in 1969 by Dario Fontanella, son of an Italian immigrant and owner of an ice cream parlor in Mannheim, Germany, it has since become a German specialty although it is not very well known outside Germany. Dario served it to children once and they broke into tears because they wanted ice cream and not a plate of spaghetti. Personally? I wouldn’t mind either but I will happily take the plate of ice cream disguised as spaghetti.

Find it in Singapore:

Giovanni L

Fort Canning Arts Centre

5 Cox Terrace

#01-01, 179620

&
1 Marine Parade Central

Singapore 449408

Singapore – Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

ice creams from singapore rainbow ice cream sandwich

An integral part of many people’s childhood, I know it certainly played a part in mine, most Singaporeans would probably have had this ice cream sandwich after school when they were a kid or on a hot day. At just a dollar each, you don’t really have an excuse not to. When Buzzfeed UK editor Luke Bailey dissed it last year, it led to a uproar from Singaporeans who considered this an iconic dessert.

The Daily Meal, on the other hand, proclaimed that “This Singaporean Ice Cream “Sandwich” is the Most Amazing Thing (they’ve) Ever Seen”. I am sure most Singaporeans would not disagree.

Find it in Singapore:

Not as common these days but there’s bound to be one or two mobile carts set up along Orchard road and in Bugis outside OG. If you keep your ears peeled in your neighborhood, you might find hear their iconic ice cream bell during the evenings when children come back from school.

So, have a craving yet?

 

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Magnum Pleasure Store in Singapore

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The Magnum Pleasure Store

The Magnum Pleasure pop up store has been making appearances in Singapore the last few years and it is back again at ION Orchard! Except this time, it is here to stay. You can customise your own Make My Magnum with an array of 18 different toppings at their very first permanent, flagship Magnum Pleasure Store in Singapore.

Magnum Pleasure Store toppings

Make My Magnum

According to Magnum, their “Make My Magnums, including the ice cream base and three toppings, retail for SGD8. You can customise your Make My Magnum with your choice of chocolate (white, classic or dark) and vanilla ice cream base, a sprinkle of 3 tempting toppings and thousands of flavour combinations, perfected with a Magnum chocolate drizzle of your choice and a classic M coin.”

magnum pleasure store huge variety of toppings

Some of the toppings available include goji berries, speculoos, pretzels and even chili flakes! I was really curious as to how the chili flakes would taste with the ice cream. However, I decided to play safe and picked rose petals, cocoa nibs and golden nuggets, which are essentially mini candy balls.

magnum pleasure store make my magnum

Having picked my toppings, the staff took a generous scoop of each topping and poured them into a cocktail mixer before giving it a good shake to mix them all up. After dipping the ice cream in your preferred chocolate coating, they then pour the toppings onto the ice cream and finish it off with a drizzle of chocolate.

magnum pleasure store my magnum creation

Topping Issue

While I really enjoyed my Magnum creation, it would be nice to have more flavours to  choose from apart from the vanilla ice cream base. I also expected more unique and exciting toppings considering the price, since we can get the usual magnum for about $3. A quick google search revealed that the toppings at other Magnum Pleasure stores around the world include black lava sea salt, pink almonds and blackberry crunch.

The store also has a coffee counter with beans exclusive to Magnum and even have their very own cocoa infused coffees, made exclusively for Singapore’s Magnum Pleasure Store. So if you are not a huge fan of ice cream, be sure to check out their coffee!

Magnum Pleasure Store

ION Orchard, B2-07

2 Orchard Turn 238801

Tel: (+65) 6509 9928

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm daily

 

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Non-Dairy Ice Creams are a Thing?

Pei Xia Ang

Just in time for the summer, Ben and Jerry’s recently released a new line of non-dairy ice cream. I was pretty aghast when I first caught wind of it. How can non-dairy ice-cream ever replace the creamy taste of regular ice-cream?

BUT , before you brush it off, dairy free ice cream should be a godsend for those lactose intolerant individuals and vegans in the community. Non-diary means less calories too so definitely one for the weight watchers.

non-dairy ice cream ben and jerrys free cone day

1. Ben and Jerry’s

In the local context, we only think of Ben and Jerry’s when it comes to Free Cone Day (or at least that’s for me).

Aside from that though, Ben and Jerry’s is a brand that aims to “make the best possible ice cream in the best possible way” through the use of non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients, Fairtrade cocoa, and eggs from cage free hens.

non-dairy ice cream ben and jerrys

Sample their new line of non-dairy ice creams with classic options like Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

For something new, the Coconut 7 Layer Bar sounds interesting, made up of fudge chunks, walnuts, and caramel.

non-dairy ice cream nada moo

2. Nada Moo

Nada in spanish translates to “zero”. So Nada Moo loosely translated would mean “no cow”. A pretty smart way to give themselves a brand name.

Their ice creams are pretty creamy, considering that it is dairy-free. Ice creams are low in sugar too, and no artificial sweeteners are used. For just 120 calories per serving, this is the ice cream your stomach can handle regularly.

Something for all is the Birthday Cake Cookie Dough ice cream. Cookie dough and frosted yellow cake topped with generous amounts of colorful sprinkles, this pint of ice cream may seem like a guilty snacking pleasure but wait for it, it’s only under 200 calories!!!!!

non-dairy ice cream talenti

3. Talenti

Talenti has always had Sorbetto ice cream which are non-dairy in nature. However, these Sorbettos were mostly fruit- flavored only.

Recently, they unveiled the Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto, a decadent treat for lovers of peanut butter and fudge. Rich and creamy, this ice cream is not only dairy free, but also gluten free, vegetarian, and kosher.

non-dairy ice cream so delicious

4. So Delicious

Ice cream by So Delicious are made with organic ingredients whenever possible. The ingredients are plant-based resulting in cholesterol-free ice cream.

To protect the environment, recycled paperboard cartons are used to package some of their products like the frozen dessert bars and sandwiches.

There are many flavors they have on offer, but there is only one which I want to highlight – The Dark Chocolate Truffle. As a replacement for regular milk, cashew milk is used as a base. Cashew milk is lower in fat content than other nuts, so eat away!!! It’s a good balance with all the chocolatey goodness packed inside it – Fairtrade cocoa, fudge and shaved chocolate bits.

non-dairy ice cream dream

5. Dream

Tasting just like a DREAM, Dream’s ice creams have a smooth finish, and does not have the grittiness or flouriness of other ice creams made from nut milk.

The regulars tend to favor the Toffee Almond Fudge. Rich, creamy, with sweet fudgy yumminess! Their Almonds are sourced from California, where one can find the best almonds in the world.

non-dairy ice cream steves

6. Steve’s

Despite the simple brand name, Steve’s ice cream has a creative and artisan touch to them.

Take for example the Burnt Sugar Vanilla, a unique taste that cannot be found in most ice cream parlours. What’s more, this coconut-based dessert is diary free, soy free, gluten free, egg free, and non GMO, so almost every one can indulge in this pint of pure bliss.

non-dairy ice cream arctic zero

7. Arctic Zero

Using only premium ingredients, this line of ice cream is all about indulgence. Additionally, there are no artificial flavours, sweeteners, or colours used, so you can rest assured that what you are eating is all natural. All their ice creams are also low glycemic, kosher, gluten, lactose and GMO free.

Treat yourself to some fat free ice cream. A good flavour to start from is Hint of Mint. Just like your regular peppermint chocolate, this ice cream is a combination of chocolate and mint for a sweet, minty treat.

non-dairy ice cream tofutti

8. Tofutti

As one of the first few brands to have non-dairy ice creams on the shelves, Tofutti paved the way for all to enjoy dairy-free ice creams in the comforts of their homes.

Selling ice creams in pints may get pretty boring after some time, which may be one of the reasons Toufutti started ice cream sandwiches. Worry not, as these ice cream sandwiches are still dairy free like all their other products. With so many options available, I’d say you should go for the Cookies ’N Cream Cookies to taste the best of what Tofutti has to offer.

non-dairy ice cream van leeuwen

9. Van Leeuwen

Started in New York, this craft creamery offers up to ten coconut cream-based flavours, all made with the freshest ingredients. Each flavour of ice cream is a celebration of artisanal flavours crafted by some of the world’s best artisan producers.

If you love matcha, then you will understand how difficult it is to locate good matcha ice cream, much less dairy free ones. Van Leeuwen has your back though. With a partnership with local tea traders and tea sourced from top growers in Japan, you know where to get your fix for matcha ice cream next time.

non-dairy ice cream luna and larry coconut bliss

10. Luna and Larry Coconut Bliss

Inspired by other cultures’ use of coconut milk in food, founders Luna and Larry wanted to experiment using coconut as a base for ice cream. Fast forward to the present, Luna and Larry now sells ice creams made from organic coconut milk that are organic, soy and gluten free, on top of being dairy free.

Learn what it feels like to be in “coconut bliss” with the Naked Coconut ice cream.

non-dairy ice cream trader joes

11. Trader Joe’s

As a substitute to dairy products, Trader Joe uses soy milk for their ice creams, giving it a smooth, creamy base.

Something unique that they have to offer is the Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream. Made with Oregon-grown Bing cherries and real chocolate chips, this is ice cream is the perfect summer treat.

 

Unfortunately, most of these ice creams listed cannot be found locally, but some brands offer worldwide shipping. As an alternative, one can also purchase them online from third-party websites like Amazon.com.1

Guide To Going Gluten Free

Pei Xia Ang

In the past, the question, “is this gluten free?” would have baffled most waiters, but now a gluten free diet is a more common option among Singaporeans.

A gluten free diet means consuming foods that do not contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

Initially, people with gluten intolerance had to follow a gluten free diet or they would experience inflammation in their small intestines (ouch). However, now people choose a gluten free diet to enjoy benefits such as better bowel movements and weight loss.

So here’s our guide to eating the best gluten free food in Singapore!

gluten free pizza from Crust Gourmet

1. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar

Honestly, Crust Gourmet Pizza is the pizza that makes me feel less guilty when eating pizza. Their pizzas are made with the freshest, tastiest vegetables and the finest cured meats.

They also have gluten-free options for their sauces and toppings, but one would have to specify before ordering. And the best part— Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar delivers too, which means you can enjoy this gluten free meal in the comforts of your home.

gluten free burgers by vegan burg

2. Vegan Burg

A vegan burger may sound oxymoronic to meat lovers, but turning your nose up at Vegan Burg’s burgers would be a pity.

A must-try on the menu is the Smoky BBQ burger. Tucked between two fluffy gluten free organic buns are thick and succulent mushrooms slathered with vegan cheese and tangy BBQ sauce, layers of crunchy lettuce, fresh tomatoes and generous servings of pickles.

If you are starting a vegan diet, Vegan Burg is the place to visit.

gluten free savoury crepes from entre nous

3. Entre-Nous Crepe

At Entre-Nous Crepes, all crepes are offered in a gluten free buckwheat variety or organic wheat flour.

Personally, my favourite is the buckwheat crepe with flambéed scallops and creamy leek fondue. Savoury, yet not too heavy on the stomach, this meal is best paired with the artisanal French apple ciders served in the traditional “bolee”. Bon appétit, a la France!

Gluten Free desserts from Johnathan's

4. Jonathan’s

Bread lovers out there who have to stick to a gluten free diet, rejoice! Presenting Jonathan’s, Singapore’s first purely gluten free kitchen, where the chefs pride themselves on having zero risk of contamination.

Currently, Jonathan’s are only taking online orders, but I guess that is a plus for you if you like your food delivered to your doorstep.

gluten free pastries at Delcie's

5. Delcie’s Desserts

Going gluten free doesn’t have to mean going dessert free. At Delcie’s, gorge on organic, vegan and allergy friendly pastries.

Delcie’s even go the extra mile to cater menus specific to babies, the elderly, and people with wheat allergy. Perfect for throwing birthday parties and located just outside Boon Keng MRT.

gluten free soup from The Soup Spoon

6. The Soup Spoon

Not gonna lie, I am an extremely lazy person (all my friends will concur), and travelling distance is one of the key factors when deciding where to eat.

Thankfully, The Soup Spoon is here to save the day. The Soup Spoon has 20 outlets islandwide at last count, and an outlet in most major shopping centres like Paragon, Jem, and Suntec City.

They have a detailed menu specifying calorie count, dietary preferences and chef recommendations to help you choose your feel good soup.

gluten free ice creams at BrownRice icecream

7. Brownrice

After a good meal, I’ll always look for desserts. If you can relate then may I suggest Brownrice? Their ice creams are made with brown rice (no surprise here), and are therefore low calorie and low GI.

Oh and their mudpies are simply heavenly. A scoop of ice cream and mudpie for me. Wait, make that two please!

I can hear my stomach growling already and it’s not even close to noon. Looks like it’s time for some gluten free ice cream! Do tell me what you think of these places in the comments below if and when you visit!

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