Traditional bak chor mee gets a sweet makeover at this local cafe

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Never thought you'd live to see the day when a bowl of bak chor mee tastes... fruity?

Yeah, neither did we.

A dessert cafe in Singapore recently introduced a few items to their ever-changing menu and they have been making waves online.

Think traditional, old school desserts like Tutu Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh - but with a modern twist.

We know what you're thinking: "Here we go again, yet another hipster cafe."

However, we still took the plunge.

Instead of just imagining how these treats would taste (and assuming it's an overrated spot), we headed down to Non Entree Desserts to have a go at four of their specials that we've been spying on social media recently.

1. Horlicks Avalanche

This bad boy is a winner.

From the Horlicks-based cake to the crunchy almond nougatine, this lava cake had us at first bite.

It wasn't part of the cafe's 'Theme Menu' - which we were told isn't permanent and will constantly be changed to keep things fresh - but was instead from their avalanche series that comprises three different types of lava cakes.

Pictures of this novelty dessert were posted all over social media and we couldn't help but order it for ourselves.

And we're proud to say that we regret nothing. OK, perhaps we regret not saving this for last.

Each morsel of this sweet treat tasted like a dream and it was a pleasant surprise for us when we realised that the best part about this Horlicks avalanche wasn't just watching the warm white chocolate lava flow out.

It's safe to say that after wolfing down the entire bowl, we knew it was going to be hard for anything else on the menu to top that experience.

Verdict: 5/5

2. Bak Chor Mee

Next, we had a bowl of bak chor mee.

No matter how much you try to prep yourselves into believing that this bowl isn't supposed to be savoury, nothing will quite prepare you for what will happen once you have that first taste.

Slurping down mango vermicelli noodles was rather weird for us. The coconut parfait 'fishball' was the only good thing about it.

Presentation of the dessert was excellent without a doubt, but we could not get on board with the overall taste.

We'll stick to regular bak chor mee.

Verdict: 2/5

3. Singapore breakfast

Fans of our local kaya toast set might want to give this a shot just for kicks.

And yes, you do need to crack the 'eggs' yourselves.

In all honesty, that was probably the most intriguing part of this dessert special.

Little did we expect the eggs to be made of white chocolate and to have such an uncanny resemblance to the actual thing. It was a little hard to crack the eggs, though. (Tip: Use a fork to help you.)

We sprinkled cinnamon 'pepper' and gula melaka 'soy sauce' all over the coconut panna cotta liquid that oozed out and it was pretty good. Who would've thought that panna cotta would go remarkably well with gula melaka?

The coconut panna cotta eggs also tasted great on their own. If you can, try to let the 'egg yolk' burst in your mouth and experience the wonderfully tangy flavour that follows right after.

The kaya parfait toast was alright - enjoyable, but nothing to shout about.

Verdict: 3/5

4. Tutu Kueh

Finally, after three rounds of fanciful sweets, we settled down for Non Entree's version of the classic favourite, Tutu Kueh.

The coconut and vanilla mousse cake looked really delicate and was perfectly light and fluffy.

Just when we thought that it was merely a very well-baked mousse cake, we sank our teeth into the gula melaka filling.

And that itself sealed the deal for us.

We're glad that the cake wasn't made out to taste wildly different from your traditional Tutu Kueh. The coconut shavings which lined the bottom of the cake were a nice touch, too.

With that, this was officially our other favourite dessert at the cafe, a close second after the unforgettable Horlicks Avalanche.

Verdict: 5/5

Overall, these sweet treats have proven to be as delicious as they are Instagram-worthy.

Non Entree Desserts is at 204 Rangoon Road.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

Old school treats with a modern twist are taking over social media

  • A dessert cafe in Singapore recently introduced a few items to their ever-changing menu and they have been making waves online.
  • Think traditional, old school desserts like Tutu Kueh and Ang Ku Kueh - but with a modern twist.
  • We know what you're thinking: "Here we go again, yet another hipster cafe."
  • Instead of just imagining how these treats would taste (and assuming it's an overrated spot), we headed down to Non Entree Desserts to have a go at four of their specials that we've been spying on social media recently.
  • 1. Horlicks Avalanche: This bad boy is a winner. From the Horlicks-based cake to the crunchy almond nougatine, this lava cake had us at first bite.
  • Each morsel of this sweet treat tasted like a dream and it was a pleasant surprise for us when we realised that the best part about this Horlicks avalanche wasn't just watching the warm white chocolate lava flow out.
  • It wasn't part of the cafe's 'Theme Menu' - which we were told isn't permanent and will constantly be changed to keep things fresh - but was instead from their avalanche series that comprises three different types of lava cakes.
  • No matter how much you try to prep yourselves into believing that this bowl isn't supposed to be savoury, nothing will quite prepare you for what will happen once you have that first taste.
  • Presentation of the dessert was excellent without a doubt, but we could not get on board with the overall taste.
  • 3. Singapore breakfast: Fans of our local kaya toast set might want to give this a shot just for kicks.
  • And yes, you do need to crack the 'eggs' yourselves.
  • Little did we expect the eggs to be made of white chocolate and to have such an uncanny resemblance to the actual thing. It was a little hard to crack the eggs, though. (Tip: Use a fork to help you.)
  • The kaya parfait toast was alright - pleasant, but nothing to shout about.
  • 4. Tutu Kueh: The coconut and vanilla mousse cake looked really delicate and was perfectly light and fluffy. Just when we thought that it was merely a very well-baked mousse cake, we sank our teeth into the gula melaka filling.
  • And that itself sealed the deal for us. We're glad that the cake wasn't made out to taste wildly different from your traditional Tutu Kueh.
  • Overall, these sweet treats have proven to be as delicious as they are Instagram-worthy.
  • Non Entree Desserts is at 204 Rangoon Road.
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