Ever craved more coffee even after having your habitual single dose? Some people I know have three to four doses of coffee as their norm. While I myself usually stick to one per day, sometimes I find myself wanting more. Hence, I set out to find coffee-flavoured foods in Singapore that I can consume to satisfy my coffee craving.
For all the coffee lovers out there, here are 12 delicious coffee-centric dishes to get in your caffeine for the day!
1. Coffee Burger
Only just a few months old, Wok In Burger at Bukit Merah has been pretty hyped up. This may be due to the fact that they are related to famous zi char stall, Keng Eng Kee Seafood, who wanted to branch out and create zi char burgers.
The Coffee Pork Burger (S$9.80) gets you a bang for your buck as it comes with fries and a water chestnut drink on the side. The buns are well-buttered and very fluffy. The huge pork loin was thick, but still tender and juicy, generously drenched in sauce. While sticky and sweet, it was not surfeiting as the crunchy achar (pickled vegetables) salad and lettuce helped cut through the richness.
Burgers with a zi char twist sounds like an absolute mod-sin dream to me. I’m glad we can finally get them here at Wok In Burger now. Even if burgers are not your thing, they offer rice and pasta dishes here as well.
2. Coffee Ang Ku Kueh
This was an accidental find, but I’m glad I found it. Poh Cheu is known for their local handmade kuehs, such as Ang Ku Kueh and Soon Kueh. As they are an old-school traditional brand, I did not expect to find many flavours here but I was surprised to see a myriad of them. They ranged from the normal Salted Bean to unique offerings like Durian, Mango and even Coffee.
Honestly, I was slightly sceptical as to how the Coffee Ang Ku Kueh (S$1.10) would taste. The combination sounded a lil’ too far fetched, but I still wanted to try it. All my doubts disappeared the moment I bit into it. The skin was super soft, with a nice chewy bite. I liked that it did not stick to my teeth, an annoying problem that happens sometimes.
The filling was the winner for me. It was viscous but smooth, with an underlying fragrant coffee taste that lingered. Surprisingly, the taste complemented the textures and I enjoyed it very much. I would say it’s now my favourite Ang Ku Kueh flavour after the old school peanut.
Poh Cheu: 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-230, Singapore 150127 | Tel: +65 6276 2287 | Opening hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
3. Espresso Hotcakes
Oriole Coffee + Bar has been around for a couple of years now. Despite being located just outside Pan Pacific Serviced Suites beside 313@Somerset, they serve really good coffee and food items at reasonable prices.
Their Espresso Hotcakes (S$14) is a simple thick yet fluffy vanilla pancake with a twist to make it their own. In my opinion, this is one of their best dishes. It had a nice crisp edge, whilst the centre was pillowy and moist. I love how generous the toppings were, with sweet, fresh fruits and crunchy housemade granola for a nice varying texture.
The dollop of espresso orange butter proved to be the star of the dish. It was light, with a subtle bitterness from the espresso and a nice citrusy kick from the orange. Hands down one of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.
Even if you are not a coffee lover, you are bound to love this one.
Oriole Coffee + Bar: 96 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, #01-01, Singapore 238163 | Tel: +65 6238 8348 | Opening hours: 8am – 11pm (Sun to Thu & PH), 8am – 12am (Fri, Sat & Eve of PH) | Website | Facebook | Instagram
4. Kopi Ribeye Steak
Located at Duxton Road, this stretch is no stranger to cafe lovers. HĒ Bistro and Bar stands out by their unique offerings with an Asian twist to them. I was blown away by the unique concoctions they offered.
I had to feature the Kopi Ribeye Steak (S$30) because it was such a genius combination. Served with two pieces of steak, they were perfectly cooked to medium rare which I requested for. The meat was decently thick, yet still tender with a nice bite.
The winning factor for me was definitely the sauce, a harmonious blend of sweet and savoury. It went really well with the steak, which was a pleasant surprise. I know it sounds odd at first but trust me, it’s good. The only gripe I had was that the portion was on the smaller side, especially with its price tag.
HĒ Bistro And Bar: 57 Duxton Road, Singapore 089521 | Tel: +65 6260 1088 | Opening hours: 11.30am – 1am (Mon to Thurs), 11.30am – 2am (Fri & Sat), Closed on Sun
5. Chocolate Banana Espresso Cake
I’m sure Cedele is no stranger to many of us, with countless outlets located all around Singapore. They are known for their healthy and nutritious eats from soups and salads and even to bakes as well.
This Chocolate Banana Espresso Cake (S$7 per slice, S$52 for a whole cake) is an absolute dream. The chocolate sponge itself is rich and moist. Between the sponges are sweet, caramelised banana chunks. The espresso chocolate frosting provides an extra nuttiness to the mix, with added texture from the crunchy walnut and oat streusel.
Cedele: 180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #01-24/25, Singapore 208539 | Tel: +65 6509 9762 | Opening hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat & Sun)
6. Carota Carota
I love desserts. I mean, who doesn’t? Coffee and ice cream can never go wrong. Here at The Affogato Bar at Cluny Court, they serve up unique renditions of the classic Italian dessert.
Affogato is basically a scoop of vanilla ice cream sitting in an espresso shot. But The Affogato Bar takes it up a notch by incorporating other desserts such as carrot cake!
The Carota Carota ($13.90) is made up of carrot cake ice cream, carrot cake, chopped walnuts, homemade cream cheese, topped with Mocharoma. The ice cream base itself is a delectable combination of cream and sponge with an underlying nuttiness.
With the addition of the Mocharoma espresso, the dessert was enhanced with a more refreshing take. The acidity and bitterness from the coffee juxtaposed with the sweet and rich ice cream to provide a more well-rounded flavour profile.
7. Coffee Cream Puff
I don’t think anyone is stranger to Chateraise, with so many outlets in Singapore over the span of a few years. They are especially famed for their cheap and delicious desserts, where many of their items are below S$2 each!
Their Double Fantasy Cream Puff is one of their famed items. With a soft and fluffy pastry, encompassing thick cream within, it’s hard to resist.
The Double Fantasy Coffee (S$1.90) surprised me, as I didn’t think anything could be better than the original. With the same pastry on the outside, the cream inside was a mix of the original cream and coffee cream. The mix helped to alleviate the intense coffee flavours. It was smooth, light and not-too-sweet. Perfect for an afternoon tea break snack!
Chateraise: 480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310480 | Tel: +65 626 0858 | Opening hours: 9am – 9.30pm (Daily)
8. Coffee Cocktails
If you love steak, you would probably have visited Steakville at Sunshine Plaza before. Their beef is imported from around the world to maintain its high-quality offerings. Besides their food, they also collaborated with Candour Coffee Bar to give customers a taste of quality coffee cocktails.
We got the classic Irish Coffee (S$15), which is a mix of coffee, whisky, panela syrup, and fresh cream. The espresso base was distinct with a gentle hint of whisky from the aftertaste. The layer of milky foam also went well with the smooth and sweet Irish Coffee. It was light and easy to drink.
For those who prefer a stronger drink, SCONG (S$20) may be up your alley. It is a concoction of espresso, dark rum, Kyoho grape liqueur, and St. Germain liqueur. Albeit the high alcohol content, it was still easy to drink with a tang from the orange peel.
9. Coffee Crab
Old school zi char is still a popular food option amongst family and friends due to the vast variety of delicious Chinese food choices. Here at Siang Hee Seafood, located at Serangoon Garden Market, creative concoctions have always been in the mix to keep customers coming back for more.
The Coffee Crab (Seasonal Price) is one of those experimental creations invented by the lady boss herself. The gravy is pretty similar to the type more commonly found in coffee pork ribs.
I would describe the sauce as umami, predominantly savoury with a slight sweetness and subtle bitterness from the coffee itself. I also appreciate that there was enough sauce to coat the entire crab entirely, with extra to drizzle on your choice of carb too.
Siang Hee Seafood: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Serangoon Garden Food Centre Stall 20, Singapore 555945 | Tel: +65 9736 4067 | Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily), Close on alternate Mon
10. Coffee Bread
Coffee bread may be a common sighting these days, with many bakeries offering them. However, Roti Mum at IMM is one of the few places that started selling these buns and got famous from them. And in my opinion, they make the best ones.
The Coffee Bun (S$1.80) here is exceptionally delectable. The exterior of coffee buns are mostly plain, but it’s the inside that matters most. The crisp and crunchy coffee topping, soft and fluffy bread the centre, and the buttery goodness right in the centre. Have it all in one bite and you’ll be taken into food heaven.
Roti Mum: Jurong East Street 21, IMM Building, #01-40, Singapore 609601 | Tel: +65 6567 9630 | Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)
11. Espresso Cheesecake Tart
Fancy Delights was a huge part of my childhood, with a couple of outlets across Singapore. I love their egg tarts, which are made cylinder-shaped to resemble cookie cups. The hard buttery crust complements the eggy goodness of the custard. When they launched their new cheesecake tarts, I had to give them a try.
The Espresso Cheesecake Tart (S$2.50) is so affordable for a cheesecake. I also love the size of it, a good portion and easy to have on-the-go. Served chilled, it is slightly hard but I was probably too excited to eat it. It was quite rich and creamy, and I enjoyed the varying texture from the crust as well as the cookie chunks within the cheesecake.
Fancy Delights: 23 Serangoon Central, NEX Shopping Mall, #03-K21, Singapore 556083 | Tel: +65 6469 4606 | Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)
12. Coffee Avocado Frappe
For all health junkies out there, this might be up your alley. The Connoisseur Concerto‘s menu strives to provide healthier options to their diners.
One which caught my eye was the Avocado Coffee Frappe (S$9.50). I decided to get it as I was curious as to how the combination would work. Well, it’s indeed a healthy drink but by no means was it bad.
The taste of freshly blended avocados was distinct, with a hint of coffee flavour which helped to cut through the earthy taste. I did enjoy the buttery consistency of it, and the avocados were well ripe for a touch of sweetness.
The Connoisseur Concerto: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivocity, #02-149, Singapore 098585 | Tel: +65 6221 5455 | Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)
Whether you are a coffee lover or not, I can attest that these are all pretty good grub that will definitely satisfy your tummy. I’m sure there are many other endless coffee-flavoured foods out there that I have not tried. This is not the end and I’ll definitely still be trying more in time to come! Let us know if you like coffee-flavoured foods. If not, what’s your favourite kind?