Bangkok's lava cookies now exploding in Singapore

By now, we should all know that Singaporeans generally go nuts when it comes to the shopping and eating haven that is Bangkok.

Well, we're in luck, because we can now enjoy another of its famous hipster treats without hopping on a plane.

Relax, this has nothing to do with overly-crowded flea markets - but everything to do with all things sweet and sinful, like molten lava cookies, with ice cream on top.

Originally from Thailand, dessert cafe Creamery Boutique Ice Creams has finally opened an outlet on our sunny island.

In fact, this relatively new kid on the block has been quietly serving up their unique, explosive treats since November last year.

The place only serves lava cookies so all you need to do is show up and decide on an ice cream flavour you'd like for the day.

Fun fact: The co-founder of the original Bangkok cafe, Mr Ian Lee, is actually Singaporean. So in a way, Creamery was bound to have made its debut here, or at least that's what we'd like to believe.

Regardless, Singapore-based franchisee Ms Tan Chin Wan, 26, did us all a favour and opened the cafe on Tyrhwitt Road as a joint venture with her boyfriend, Derrick Ong, 29.

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The quaint little cafe can hold up to 18 people - which, in reality, is not a big number.

AsiaOne visited the place on a rainy, late weekday morning and by noon, it had already started to attract a steady stream of people.

According to Tan, the cafe boasts a "high percentage of returning customers".

"When we first opened, not many knew about us and asked for waffles," Tan told AsiaOne. "But we're confident in our products ... and we're happy that our customers also enjoy the cookies."

She probably recognises her loyal patrons since she's at the cafe every day from 7am, preparing cookie dough on a daily basis. Even the ice creams are made in-house. On the day of our visit, their stout-flavoured ice-cream, Black Dog, had just been freshly prepared.

Tan mastered the recipes for the ice cream and cookies after spending over two weeks in Bangkok mastering the skills needed to produce the exact same taste that the Creamery cafes in Thailand offer.

We tried four of their signature cookie sets ($8.90 each) during our visit and here's what we liked best about each:

Choc-a-lot

 

A chocolate lava cookie topped with Berry Cheesecake ice cream, this was enjoyable and we appreciate the texture of the cookie that was maintained in every set.

It's crispy on the outside and deliciously soft and gooey on the inside.

And really, how could anyone hate on a well-made cookie that explodes chocolatey goodness.

The combination was perfect as the chocolate lava cookie was balanced out with our choice of a fruity ice cream.

Verdict: 3.5/5

Red Devil

Red Devil cookie setPhoto: AsiaOne

Far from being a devil, the cafe's red velvet version from their lava series was calling out to us once the little skillet it came in was placed in front of us.

Oozing lemon cream cheese, this version is an interesting combo and we thought adding the citrus fruit's zest allowed a refreshing twist to the overall taste.

For our choice of ice cream, we settled on a choco-vanilla scoop of ice cream called Heart Stop, as recommended by Tan. It's one of the cafe's most popular ice cream flavours as well.

Verdict: 3/5

Monster Matcha

We're just going to unabashedly declare this as our favourite lava cookie set.

Complemented with a scoop of Baby Milk ice cream (yes, Tan says they actually use Dumex baby milk powder in the recipe), it consists of a white chocolate and matcha ganache filling that was creamy and surprisingly, not overly sweet.

If you had to choose just one set (but why though?) on your visit here, we'd recommend the Monster Matcha.

Verdict: 4/5

Brownie cookie

Brownie cookie with ice creamPhoto: AsiaOne

The only non-lava cookie we tried is something chocolate lovers will enjoy. The semi-dark chocolate cookie was so decadent, each bite reminded us of how sinful it really was.

Of course, we topped it off with a scoop of Banoffee ice cream, another confectionery creation from the cafe's recipe bank.

Comprising bananas, caramel and homemade chocolate mudpie, the variety of ingredients in the ice cream blended well together to deliver a surprisingly pleasant taste, even for non-banana lovers like ourselves.

Verdict: 3/5

Creamery Boutique Ice Creams is at 139 Tyrwhitt Road, #01-03; Opening hours: 11am to 10pm from Monday to Sunday (Closed on Thursday)

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