5 Lower-Sugar Desserts in Singapore That Still Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

by Yeoh Wee Teck
FOOD  |  February 18, 2018
  • Less sugar doesn't mean less delicious
    1 / 6 Less sugar doesn't mean less delicious

    The war on sugar is on. The Health Promotion Board aims to shave Singaporeans’ sugar intake by 25 per cent. Target date? 2020.

    The good news is that you will have time to adjust.

    Some desserts here already contain less sugar, so it is a start. And the bonus is that less sugar does not mean it is any less delicious.

    Here are some lower-sugar snacks and desserts to check out.

    (Also read: 11 Foods You Wouldn’t Expect to Have Loads Of Sugar)

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  • 1. THE UGLY CAKE SHOP
    2 / 6 1. THE UGLY CAKE SHOP

    Address: 535 Kallang Bahru, #01-06 GB Point, Singapore 339351
    Telephone: 8228 8300
    Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 7pm

    The Ugly Cake Shop says it uses less sugar than usual because it doesn’t want to overwhelm the palate with sugar. It doesn’t use fondant either.

    One of their star cakes – and one that has the least amount of sugar – is the Nicholas. This bittersweet chocolate cake is frosted with dark chocolate ganache (made with 70 per cent Cacao Barry dark chocolate) and then adorned with crunchy chocolate pearls and cacao nibs.

    You can get this in the form of a cake (from $60) or as a cupcake ($4.20).

    PHOTO: THE UGLY CAKE SHOP

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  • 2. AFTERGLOW
    3 / 6 2. AFTERGLOW

    Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
    Telephone: 6224-8921
    Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm to 11pm

    Afterglow specialises in raw food cuisine, so you can turn to them for healthier alternatives. It does not use processed sugar, dairy or any processed items in its menu.

    The popular choice on the menu is the Raw Chocolate Fudge ‘Salted Caramel’ cake ($12.50), made with avocado, raw cacao butter and a cashew nuts base. The ‘salted caramel’ is made from tahini with sea salt.

    This is great for guiltless indulgence.

    PHOTO: AFTERGLOW

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  • 3. MAD ABOUT SUCRE
    4 / 6 3. MAD ABOUT SUCRE
    Address: 27 Teo Hong Rd, Singapore 088334
    Telephone: 6221 3969
    Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12.30pm to 10pm; Sundays 12.30pm to 5pm

    In spite of its name, Mad About Sucre is prudent when it comes to the use of sugar. Baker Lena Chan reduces the sweetness by more than 60 per cent from each recipe and uses only organic flour and raw sugar. But the tastiness is not compromised.

    (Also read: How to Cut Your Sugar Intake Without Feeling Miserable)

    The cakes here are very decadent, and are priced from $60 a cake, or from $20.70 for a slice of cake with a pot of tea.

    PHOTO: MAD ABOUT SUCRE

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  • 4. XIN DIVINE
    5 / 6 4. XIN DIVINE
    Address: 10 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594
    Telephone: 3100-0030
    Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

    Do not be deceived by how light Chinese desserts look. They can be laden with sugar.

    A recent study by Hong Kong’s Consumer Council and Centre For Food Safety found that most Chinese desserts have excessive amounts of sugar, with the mango sago with pomelo dessert the biggest culprit (averaging 11 grams of sugar per 100 grams).

    So it is good to know that in Singapore, we have a Chinese restaurant that is mindful of the sugar content and has offered the Osmanthus Sphere ($12). The orb contains chilled winter melon soup – with less sugar, of course – and crystallised sprigs of osmanthus, wolfberries, and pang da hai (malva nut). This is served with a shot of aerated red date juice.

    PHOTO: XIN DIVINE

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  • 5. KIM BIRD'S NEST DRINK
    6 / 6 5. KIM BIRD'S NEST DRINK

    While bird’s nest is said to have health properties, some of the bird’s nest drinks on the market contain a lot of sugar.

    This one comes with a sugar-free option. The other two flavours available are Ginseng and Rock Sugar.

    Drink it chilled or dilute it with warm water. It sells from $3.20 a bottle.

    PHOTO: KIM BIRD’S NEST DRINK

    A version of this article first appeared on www.straitstimes.com.

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