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The Humble Scoop: Pulut Hitam + Sugar Cane & Other Nostalgic Local Ice Cream Flavours In Katong

Last Updated: December 19, 2018

Written by Deanna Lim

Ice cream is just one of those things you can’t help but love. Let’s face it, a scoop of ice cream can brighten almost anyone’s day, regardless of whether you’re a kid or an adult.

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At The Humble Scoop, owner and ice cream maker Yvonne aims to bring a smile to your face with unique and nostalgic ice cream flavours. Located within Katong Shopping Centre, this unassuming store is tucked away in the basement alongside tuition centres and maid agencies.

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Although the storefront is simple and minimalistic, the board with the week’s ice cream flavours is bound to pique your interest. With flavours like Cereal Killer, Huat Lah, In-Kueh-Dible and more, you’ll definitely want to get a taste.

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Simply furnished, the light wooden tables and chairs keep the design clean and minimalist, and the neon sign added a pop of colour. The Humble Scoop has only been open since November 2018, so Yvonne is still in the process of decorating the space.

I was really impressed by her story: previously working as a cabin crew with Singapore Airlines, Yvonne decided to pursue her dream of opening an ice cream store instead. And she hit the ground running, taking over this shop space and setting up The Humble Scoop right after leaving the crew life.

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She conceptualises and makes all of the ice cream flavours from scratch, and each flavour is thoughtfully created. I can really feel the love and effort that went into the R&D, especially after she explained the inspiration for each flavour.

The ice cream is quite affordably priced, with about S$1 – S$2 difference between Basic Flavours (S$3.90/one scoop, S$6.90/two scoops, S$8.90/three scoops) and Premium Flavours (S$4.90/one scoop, S$8.90/two scoops, S$11.90/three scoops). Or, if you’re hosting a dinner party (or you’d just like to have more ice cream), you can even bring home a Party Pint (S$15/basic flavour, S$18/premium flavour).

We started off with the three sorbet flavours, which are great for those who are lactose intolerant. Yvonne scooped some of the flavours in smaller portions and in the same bowl for me, but the actual scoop size is quite substantial.

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The Sugar Cane With Lemon was a refreshing flavour, with the fragrant sweetness of sugar cane juice and citrus notes from the lemon. I liked how the sorbet was quite smooth, unlike some places which have sorbets with a rather icy and grainy texture.

This flavour was quite mild, so if you’re looking for something to perk you up after walking in the sun, get a scoop of this. And yes, it does taste like the usual sugar cane juice with lemon you can get at coffee shops.

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Remember how we used to eat guava slices dipped in sour plum powder? The Guava Sour Plum sorbet from The Humble Scoop tastes exactly like that combination. Slightly gritty like the texture of guava, this sorbet flavour had a surprisingly creamy finish.

The sour plum notes were also super on point; the mix of sweet, sour and salty flavours blended into a slightly tart finish. It took me back to memories of sneaking pieces of sour plum candy during class!

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My favourite sorbet flavour from The Humble Scoop may sound a little strange, but I absolutely love it. Huat Lah consists of pineapple, lime and chilli — yes, she uses actual chilli padi when making this flavour.

It wasn’t too spicy for me, but my dining companion couldn’t take the heat, so it depends on your spice tolerance. Yvonne explained that the inspiration for this flavour came from her mum, who used to enjoy sliced pineapples with soy sauce and chilli from street stalls. To replace the soy sauce, Yvonne sprinkles some salt on top of the sorbet before serving.

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The Humble Scoop also has a good variety of milk-based flavours for you to choose from. The Atas Ripple is a tribute to the S$1 ice cream from pushcart ice cream uncles. Made with milk and black currant jam, this flavour really reminded me of ice cream sandwiches I would have when I was younger.

I liked that it was quite light on the palate, and I could taste bits of sweet and tart blackcurrant within the scoop too.

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Another lighter flavour was the Earl Grey Milk Tea, which is a Christmas special. Slightly sweet and smooth, each mouthful brought with it a strong tea fragrance. If you’re a tea lover like me, you’ll like this flavour.

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Those of you with a sweet tooth would enjoy the Old School Chocolate. This thick and rich dark chocolate flavour tasted like a bar of chocolate in ice cream form. Sinfully indulgent, you just know it’s going to go straight to your hips.

There was also a flavour with a label of a dinosaur kicking a soccer ball. Yes, it’s actually a Milo dinosaur flavour, which they commonly call “tak kiu dinosaur” at coffee shops.

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This malty chocolate flavour was super rich and creamy, with a slightly sticky texture. Fair warning, it can get quite jelak so you might want to share it. It’ll definitely bring back memories of drinking iced Milo after playing “catching” with your friends.

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The Orh-Bee-Good flavour is basically black glutinous rice and coconut milk dessert, but as a scoop of ice cream.

This is their most popular flavour, and Yvonne actually makes fresh pulut hitam before churning it into ice cream. Each mouthful was chewy and sticky, though the fragrant coconut notes kept it light on the palate.

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If you want something sweeter, the In-Kueh-Dible flavour is, well, incredible. Made with salted coconut and gula melaka, this flavour had the best of both worlds — the salty and sweet notes blended together harmoniously. Step aside, salted caramel ice cream, because this local version is better!

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Saving the best for the last, the Cereal Killer is a flavour that’ll remind you of weekend mornings eating cereal and watching cartoons. It’s made with caramelised cereal infused into the milk overnight, and cereal bits atop the scoop.

I really liked the crunch of the cereal bits combined with the smooth ice cream. The ice cream itself was slightly sweet, with a hint of malty flavour. It’s not too sweet, which made it so easy to eat. Yvonne gave me a full scoop for this flavour, and I polished off every last drop of it.


If you live around Katong, you might want to check out The Humble Scoop for a post-meal dessert. The flavours are sure to bring back childhood memories for you!

The only drawback is that they don’t have regular flavours, so if you want plain ol’ vanilla, sorry, you’ll have to head somewhere else.

Expected Damage: S$3.90 – S$15 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 5 / 5

The Humble Scoop

865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-92, Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore 437844

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Our Rating 5/5

The Humble Scoop

865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-92, Katong Shopping Centre, Singapore 437844

Operating Hours: 12noon – 9.30pm (Tue – Fri), 11am – 9.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Mon

Operating Hours: 12noon – 9.30pm (Tue – Fri), 11am – 9.30pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Mon
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