NestCha: Delicious yam floss mochi cakes + bird’s nest fruit tea at Chinese dessert shop

While I love Western desserts as much as everyone else, modern Chinese desserts hold a special place in my heart. I’m talking about desserts that incorporate seemingly unorthodox ingredients like chicken floss, taro, black sesame, wine and mochi, and NestCha is a humble dessert shop that has always satisfied my cravings.

nestcha - storefront

NestCha first started out as a small takeaway store in the basement of Chinatown Point in 2021, and initially sold mainly bird’s nest products, hence the name of the store. Afterwards, the owner of NestCha decided to start incorporating the bird’s nest into trendy fruit and bubble teas, and in late 2021, NestCha opened its very own cafe along the bustling streets of Haji Lane.

nestcha - store

I have been a big fan of NestCha’s desserts ever since their conception in Chinatown Point, so I was excited to visit their cafe and try their expanded range of products. The quaint space functioned well as a takeaway spot, with a few limited but comfortable seats for customers to dine-in.

What I tried at NestCha

nestcha - soy mochi cake

We first tried NestCha’s boxed cakes, starting with the Sea Salt Soya Mochi Cake (S$9.90), made with soft cake and dollops of salt soya milk cream. A stick of stretchy mochi sat atop the cake.

nestcha - soy mochi cake

The Sea Salt Soya Mochi Cake had the delicate taste of soy milk, and a hint of saltiness that complemented the mild sweetness of the cake. This was my dining companion’s favourite of the three box cakes we tried, and I enjoyed how light it was on the palate.

The mochi on top had a delightfully soft and chewy texture, but I would have preferred if it had been sandwiched between the cake layers instead for a more even dispersion throughout the whole cake.

nestcha -yam chicken floss mochi cake

My personal favourite of the boxed cakes was the Yam Chicken Floss Mochi Cake (S$9.90), containing yam cream, chicken floss, seaweed and mochi. The yam was smooth and had a natural, earthy taste, while the chicken floss added a unique savoury element to the sweet cake, making it stand out even more.

nestcha - yam chicken floss mochi cake

If you are a lover of taro, this cake is most definitely a must-try. Similarly to the Sea Salt Soya Mochi Cake, I would have preferred for the mochi to be more evenly spread throughout the cake, but in terms of presentation, the Yam Chicken Floss Mochi Cake was stunning.

nestcha - black sesame mochi cake

Finally, we enjoyed the Black Sesame Mochi Cake (S$9.90), made with dollops of black sesame cream and layers of black sesame cake.

nestcha - black sesame mochi cake

Compared to the previous two mochi box cakes, the cake layers in the Black Sesame Mochi Cake were a tad firmer and drier, but still soft and delicious nonetheless. The black sesame cream was strong and nutty with an evident black sesame aroma, and when paired with the mochi, it made for yet another delightful treat.

nestcha - tiramisu

NestCha’s Tiramisu (S$12.90) came in a rectangular shape, compared to the square-shaped mochi box cakes, and contained alcohol.

nestcha - tiramisu

The coffee aroma was distinct and strong, with a bitter yet aromatic profile. I could also taste the alcohol within the Tiramisu, which gave it a sharper and more flavourful, full-bodied taste.

Lovers of more intense and rich tiramisu cakes will definitely enjoy NestCha’s take on the popular dessert.

nestcha - chicken floss lava cake

Next, we had the Chicken Floss Lava Cake (S$8.50 for two pieces). Each cake came with soft chiffon cake sandwiching a layer of salt soya milk cream, topped with chicken floss, seaweed and sesame seeds.

nestcha 15 - chicken floss lava cake

The cake was incredibly soft and fluffy, while the salt soya milk cream was light yet flavourful, providing a salty and creamy element to the cake. The chicken floss was the highlight, as it was bursting with a savoury, umami flavour, which complemented the sweetness of the other elements perfectly.

Both my dining companion and I unanimously agreed that this was our favourite of all the items we tried at NestCha!

nestcha - taro and black sesame burnt cheesecake

The Mini Basque (S$8.50 for two pieces) came with two mini basque burnt cheesecakes served in cupcake liners, in the flavours of Yam and Black Sesame.

Each Mini Basque had a dense, thick and rich texture, reminiscent of a New York cheesecake. While I personally prefer basque burnt cheesecakes to have a more gooey and creamy texture, NestCha’s Mini Basque cakes had a strong and rich cheesy taste that was satisfying.

nestcha - taro burnt cheesecake

I found that the yam cream on the Yam Mini Basque was too light and natural, such that the richness of the cheese drowned out its taste. The Black Sesame Mini Basque, on the other hand, was nutty and strong enough to be tasted over the cheesecake.

nestcha - mochi

I thoroughly enjoyed NestCha’s mochi box cakes, so naturally, I was looking forward to trying their assortment of handmade mochi. We got the Black Sesame Mochi (S$3.50) and the Yam Chicken Floss Mochi (S$4.20).

nestcha - mochi

Each mochi was super soft and delicate, with a delightfully chewy texture. I loved the sweet and savoury combination of the Yam Chicken Floss Mochi, though I thought that it could have used more yam filling.

The Black Sesame Mochi, on the other hand, had a light nutty fragrance. Personally, I found that the skin of both mochis were a bit too thick, and that there could have been a greater ratio of filling to mochi. Despite that, both mochis had amazing textures and flavours.

nestcha - drinks

Who could leave NestCha without trying their colourful drinks? The Watermelon Camellia Tea (S$5.90) was very refreshing and surprisingly not too sweet. It tasted just like a fresh and juicy watermelon!

The Pineapple Phoenix Tea (S$5.90), meanwhile, had a more piquant and citrus-y taste. There were little bits of pineapples within the drink, and like the Watermelon Camellia Tea, it was the perfect drink to cool down on a hot day.

nestcha - birds nest

Finally, we ended off with one of NestCha’s titular bird’s nest drinks, the Papaya Peach Gum Bird’s Nest (S$12.90). The drink had a rich, milky taste, with bits of gelatinous bird’s nest, chewy peach gum and chunks of papaya within it.

I found that the papaya taste wasn’t very strong, and I would have preferred if the chunks had been pureed instead, for it to be more drinkable. I enjoyed the creaminess of the drink, and was left feeling satisfied.

Final thoughts

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NestCha stands out from other dessert shops due to its unique offerings and creative flavours. With refreshing drinks and a large assortment of delicious desserts, NestCha continues to remain as one of my favourite dessert spots in Singapore, and I do look forward to seeing what other innovative products they come up with!

Expected damage: S$8.50 – S$20 per pax

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Nestcha

68 Haji Lane, Singapore 189261

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Our Rating 4.5/5

Nestcha

68 Haji Lane, Singapore 189261

Telephone: +65 9090 8665
Operating Hours: 12pm - 9pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm - 10pm (Fri to Sun)
Telephone: +65 9090 8665

Operating Hours: 12pm - 9pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm - 10pm (Fri to Sun)
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